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05-08-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Exercise partially alleviates depression in heart failure patients

Structured exercise achieves modest reductions in depressive symptoms relative to usual care among patients with heart failure the results of a randomized-controlled trial show.

12-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Incident HF an ‘extreme high-risk’ condition

Patients have a markedly increased risk for stroke and death in the month following a new heart failure diagnosis, say researchers.

09-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Broken heart syndrome arms against epinephrine high

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “broken heart syndrome,” may actually protect the heart from very high levels of epinephrine, suggest results from an animal study.

03-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Racial differences in hospice use revealed

Study results show that while hospice use by Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure increased in the USA over the period 2000 through 2008, non-White patients were less likely to enroll than their White counterparts.

26-06-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Two coffees a day keep heart failure risk at bay

Drinking two cups of coffee a day may significantly reduce risk for heart failure, while anymore than that could significantly increase the risk, researchers say.

13-06-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Tooth scaling reduces CV disease risk

Taiwanese study results show that undergoing tooth scaling significantly reduces the risk for future myocardial infarction, stroke, and total cardiovascular events.

11-06-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Risk score may aid emergency heart failure decisions

A novel risk score may help physicians decide whether to admit or discharge patients who present to the emergency department with an acute episode of heart failure, say its developers.

21-05-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Poles lead the way for heart failure patients

Nordic walking could allow heart failure patients to exercise more effectively than walking without poles, researchers say.

07-05-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Age no barrier to exercise benefits in heart failure

Exercise training reduces markers of muscle breakdown in patients with chronic heart failure, and does so regardless of a patient’s age, show findings from a randomized trial.

07-05-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Aspirin, warfarin equally effective for heart failure

There is no significant difference in the risk for ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, or death with warfarin or aspirin for patients with heart failure who are in sinus rhythm, a study shows.

03-04-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Targeted LV lead placement improves CRT outcomes

Speckle-tracking echocardiography to the target left ventricular lead placement yields a significantly improved response compared with standard cardiac resynchronization therapy, researchers say.

29-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Bone marrow cell therapy for HF does not improve all heart function measures

Using autologous bone marrow cells to treat chronic ischemic heart failure does not improve the majority of heart function measures, a study suggests.

28-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Orthostatic hypotension could be linked to heart failure through high BP

Researchers have found that orthostatic hypotension may be linked to heart failure and that high blood pressure could be behind this association.

20-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Vitamin E does not affect women’s heart failure risk

Vitamin E supplementation has no effect on women’s risk for developing heart failure, US researchers say.

14-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

CPAP could help prevent heart failure in sleep apnea patients

Nightly treatment with a continuous positive air pressure device in obstructive sleep apnea patients could prevent cardiac changes that lead to heart failure, research shows.

11-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Unmarried HF patients have worse outcomes due to poor medication adherence

Unmarried patients with heart failure are more likely to be nonadherent to their cardiac medications and experience a cardiac event than their married counterparts, a study shows.

08-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Men with heart failure less likely to survive than women

Men with chronic heart failure have a higher risk for mortality than their female counterparts, a study says.

07-03-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Noncardiac comorbidities rife in HF patients with preserved ejection fraction

Patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction are more often hospitalized with noncardiac comorbidities than are patients with reduced ejection fraction, show study findings.

28-02-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Airflow obstruction increases HF risk

Reduced lung function and obstructive airway disease are strongly and independently associated with an increased risk for heart failure, US researchers report.

23-02-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Combined use of recommended HF therapy enhances survival

A study has found that using a combination of several key guideline-recommended therapies for heart failure treatment improves 2-year survival by 90%.