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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 4 Factors That Increase Odds of Heart Failure

      June 9, 2009 -- Smoking, high blood pressure, excess weight, and diabetes are major risk factors for increasing the size of the heart's left ventricle (the main pumping chamber) a new study shows. An increase in the size and thickness, or "mass," of the left ventricle is a worrisome condition that c

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    10. Heart Failure: Belly Fat Bad, Exercise Good

      April 7, 2009 -- Belly fat may make heart failure more likely, and exercise may help heart failure patients. That's the bottom line from three new studies on heart failure. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working; it means the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the b

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