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    1. Low Vitamin D Linked to Heart Failure Deaths

      Aug. 31, 2010 (Stockholm, Sweden) -- Low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk of death and hospitalization in people with heart failure, researchers report. The study doesn't prove that low vitamin D levels place patients at higher risk of dying. Even if the findings are confirmed, low

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    2. Pill Cuts Risk of Death in Heart Failure Patients

      Aug. 30, 2010 (Stockholm) -- A pill that slows the heart rate substantially cut the risk of death and hospital stays for patients with severe heart failure, a study of more than 6,500 patients shows. The drug is called Procoralan. It's already used in Europe to treat the severe chest pain of angina,

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    3. Stem Cells May Help Treat Heart Failure

      Aug. 30, 2010 (Stockholm, Sweden) -- Giving people with chronic heart failure injections of their own bone-marrow stem cells appears to improve their heart function and extend their lives, new research suggests. The benefits of the stem cell treatment were apparent within three months and persisted

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    4. Studies: CPR Without Rescue Breathing OK

      July 28, 2010 -- Bystanders who perform CPR on patients with suspected heart attacks can safely skip the rescue breathing -- typically called mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -- and just perform the chest compressions, according to two new studies. ''We feel comfortable saying chest compressions alone,

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    5. Hospital Stays Shorter for Heart Failure

      June 1, 2010 -- The average hospital stay for heart failure has declined from almost nine days to just over six days in a little over a decade, but there is new evidence patients may be being sent home too soon. The current Medicare fee-for-service system rewards hospitals for discharging patients s

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    6. Clip Closes Door on Leaky Heart Valves

      March 17, 2010 (Atlanta) -- A clothespin-type device that clips together the partially open doors of leaky heart valves may spare some patients the need for open heart surgery, doctors say. In a new study, the clip was safer and worked nearly as well as surgery for people with the leaky valve condit

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    7. 2/3 of Heart Failure Patients Don't Get Major Drug

      Oct. 20, 2009 -- More than two-thirds of patients hospitalized with serious heart failure aren't prescribed an aldosterone antagonist, a recommended therapy that increases the odds of survival. Aldosterone is a hormone that is released in the setting of heart failure. It causes salt and water retent

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    8. Study Questions Heart Device for Women

      Sept. 14, 2009 -- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may not reduce deaths in women with heart failure, according to a new research review. The review, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is based on data from five studies that together included 3,810 men and 934 women with h

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    9. Heart Failure Different in Women

      July 27, 2009 -- Women with heart failure live longer than men with the disease, but they have more illness and hospitalizations and poorer overall quality of life, a review of the research shows. The analysis confirms that men and women often have different risk factors for developing heart failure

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    10. Healthy Lifestyle Halves Heart Failure Risk

      July 21, 2009 -- Men who follow a healthy lifestyle may cut their risk of heart failure in half. Researchers say it’s the first time a large study has shown that modifiable lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, alcohol use, and smoking, can have a significant impact on the lifetime risk of cong

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