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    1. Low Health Literacy May Have Deadly Consequences

      April 26, 2011 -- Not knowing enough about basic health can be deadly for people with heart failure, a new study finds. The study shows that nearly one in five people with heart failure have low health literacy, making them more than twice as likely to die as a result of their condition. According t

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    2. Tai Chi Benefits Heart Patients

      April 25, 2011 -- Tai chi, often called “meditation in motion,” appears to improve the quality of life in people with heart failure, say researchers at Harvard Medical School. The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi features physical movements that are slow and gentle and require concentration. “His

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    3. Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies of Heart Failure

      March 23, 2011 -- Actress Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure today in Los Angeles, with her children at her side. She was 79 years old and had been in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for several weeks before her death. "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, w

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    4. Failing Hearts Healed With Stem Cells

      March 17, 2011 -- Decade-old heart attack scars healed after being injected with stem cells from a patients' own bone marrow. So far, eight patients have received the experimental treatment in an ongoing clinical trial. All eight had suffered heart attacks an average of 5 1/2 years prior; one of the

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    5. Wireless Sensor Monitors Heart Failure Patients

      Feb. 9, 2011 -- An implanted wireless monitoring device about the size of a paper clip reduced hospitalizations among heart failure patients by 39%, a study shows. The experimental implant is designed to measure pressure in a pulmonary artery, which is a leading indicator of how well a patient’s hea

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    6. Heart Failure Treatment Works Better in Women

      Feb. 7, 2011 -- An implantable device that packs a one-two punch against heart failure seems to be more effective in women than men, according to a new study. Once reserved only for the sickest heart failure patients, cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator consists of a device with t

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    7. Worsening Depression Raises Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients

      Jan. 19, 2011 -- Worsening depression in patients with heart failure more than doubles their risk of hospitalization or death, according to a team of researchers from Duke University. Depression is common among patients with heart failure and has a profound effect on their overall cardiovascular hea

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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