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  1. Heart Failure: All ARBs Aren’t the Same

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- Blood pressure drugs in the class known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) reduce mortality in patients with heart failure, but new research suggests that not all work equally well. Heart failure patients in Sweden who took the drug candesartan (Atacand) had a lower risk of

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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