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  1. End-Stage Heart Failure Not the End?

    Nov. 3, 2006 - End-stage heart failure may not mean the end. Some patients' hearts recover after a bold new treatment with a mechanical heart device and powerful drugs. End-stage heart failure means a person's heart has "remodeled" -- that is, it has suffered so much damage that it has changed shape

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  2. Statins May Up Heart Failure Survival

    Oct. 31, 2006 - Taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs cuts a heart failure patient's risk of death by 24%, according to a large new study. The findings are based on an analysis of data on 24,598 people with heart failure by Alan S. Go, MD, of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, and colleagu

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  3. Pepcid May Help Treat Heart Failure

    Sept. 25, 2006 -- Pepcid, a common heartburn medicine, may help treat heart failure, a new study shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, comes from Japan. Pepcid blocks histamine H2 receptors found in the stomach. Those receptors are also found in the heart,

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  4. Artificial Heart Approved

    Sept. 5, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the AbioCor fully implantable artificial heart for dying heart failure patients too old or too sick for a heart transplant. The "humanitarian" approval is not full approval. It applies only to what Bram Zuckerman, MD, director of the FDA's heart device division,

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  5. Fish Oils May Be Lifesavers

    Sept. 1, 2006 - Fish oils in fatty fish like salmon might be even better than heart devices called defibrillators at preventing sudden death from heart problems. "Choosing fish two or three times a week is a good idea," researcher Thomas Kottke, MD, MSPH, tells WebMD. "Grilled, baked, or broiled --

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  6. Heart Failure Runs in Families

    July 12, 2006 -- You can inherit heart failure , new data from the Framingham Heart Study shows. The famous study is now two generations old, with some 20 years of follow-up data on the children of the original study subjects. The risk factors today used to evaluate a person's risk of heart attack a

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  7. Painkillers Worsen Heart Failure

    May 22, 2006 -- Common painkillers raise the risk of heart failure-related hospitalization in people over 60, a new study shows. The risk is even greater for those who already have heart failure. And even very short-term painkiller use can be dangerous, the study finds -- especially for people takin

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  8. Filter May Help Treat Heart Failure

    March 13, 2006 (Atlanta) -- A device that flushes out excess salt and water from the blood beat out standard diuretic treatment in people hospitalized with heart failure, according to the first study of its kind. "Up to now, diuretics have been the mainstay of therapy [for such patients], but amazin

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  9. Good Attitude May Help Heart Failure

    Dec. 7, 2005 -- People who stick to their heart failure treatment plan, even if it's just a placebo, are less likely to die of the disease than those who don't, according to a new study. Researchers say the results show that a healthy attitude can go a long way toward improving the odds of surviving

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  10. Dog Visits Help Heart Failure Patients

    Nov. 15, 2005 (Dallas) -- Spending a few minutes with man's best friend can relieve the anxiety of people with heart failure, a new study suggests. The time shared between man and dog "has a calming effect and could be beneficial to their overall health," says researcher Kathie Cole, RN, a registere

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