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    1. FDA Approves Compact Heart Pump

      April 22, 2008 -- A new heart pump is now available for smaller men and women with heart failure as they wait for a heart transplant. The HeartMate II is the first compact heart assist device designed to support the weakened heart of a small-sized man or woman with heart failure who is at risk of dy

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    2. Heart Transplant Survival Studies Clash

      April 11, 2008 (Boston) -- Two studies show conflicting data on survival rates for African-Americans who undergo successful heart transplant surgery. Both studies were presented yesterday at the 28th annual meeting and scientific sessions of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantati

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    3. Warm Sauna May Help Treat Heart Failure

      April 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- Warm sauna treatments may be good for ailing hearts, Japanese researchers report. In a study of 129 people with heart failure, the treatment, called Waon therapy, cut the risk of hospitalization or dying of heart disease by more than half. The treatment is a lot cooler tha

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    4. Patient's Thigh Muscle Cells Help Heart

      April 1, 2008 (Chicago) -- Injections of patients' own muscle cells into scarred areas of the heart helped people with heart failure breathe a little better, walk a bit farther, and generally feel better. But there was no evidence that their hearts were able to pump blood more effectively, and enlar

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    5. Curry Spice May Thwart Heart Failure

      Feb. 26, 2008 -- Curcumin, an ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, may help prevent heart failure. That's according to two new studies done on rats, not people. In both studies, researchers gave curcumin to rats. The rats then got surgery or drugs designed to put them at risk of heart failure. Th

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    6. More Elderly Living With Heart Failure

      Feb. 25, 2008 -- Although the number of older Americans newly diagnosed with heart failure has declined slightly in recent years, a new study shows more people are living with the disease. But researchers say that trend is both good news and bad news. Thanks to advances in treatment, researchers say

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    7. Leaky Muscles Sap Strength, Study Shows

      Feb. 11, 2008 -- Exercise is good for you, but overdoing it may temporarily sap muscles of calcium and strength, a new study shows. "The study does not mean exercise is bad for you," Columbia University's Andrew Marks, MD, says in a news release. The findings might do more than explain why muscles n

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    8. Crestor May Not Cut Heart Failure Death

      Nov. 28, 2007 -- Crestor, a statin drug that lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol, may not reduce heart deaths in heart failure patients. Researchers report that news after studying some 5,000 heart failure patients in Europe, Russia, and South Africa. The findings appear in tomorrow's edition of The New

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    9. Exercise Away Heart Failure

      Nov. 8, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Exercise can spur the growth of new cells to mend weakened muscles and spur the growth of blood vessels in people with heart failure, according to two new studies. "People with heart failure can regain 70% of their exercise capacity if they stick to an exercise progra

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    10. Whole Grains Cut Heart Failure Risk

      Oct. 22, 2007 -- Starting the day with whole-grain cereal may lower the risk of heart failure in the long run. A new study shows men who eat whole-grain breakfast cereal regularly are less likely to develop heart failure than those who eat it rarely or never. Heart failure is a condition in which th

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