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13-07-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Sacubitril plus valsartan reduces early readmission risk in HF

The risk of readmission within 30 days of heart failure hospitalisation is reduced by a quarter for patients receiving sacubitril/valsartan compared with those receiving enalapril, an analysis of PARADIGM-HF trial data shows.

12-07-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

AHA guidance rounds up drugs requiring caution in heart failure

The American Heart Association has published a scientific statement that provides a comprehensive list of drugs, including complementary/alternative medications, that may cause or exacerbate heart failure.

08-07-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Obesity should be tackled in HFpEF patients

Obesity is a major contributor to breathlessness in patients who have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, say researchers.

05-07-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Anaemia in heart failure may impact prognosis

Anaemia is common in patients with heart failure, regardless of the underlying phenotype, and is often associated with iron deficiency, UK researchers report.

28-06-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

MOOD-HF supports lack of antidepressant efficacy in HF patients

Escitalopram influences neither depressive symptoms nor medical outcomes when compared with placebo in patients with heart failure and depression, show the MOOD-HF findings.

27-06-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Elevated troponin I should not rule out donor hearts

Donor cardiac troponin I level is not associated with intermediate-term mortality, cardiac allograft vasculopathy or primary graft failure in patients receiving heart transplants, US researchers report.

17-06-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Overweight in adolescence portends early heart failure

A study of Swedish army conscripts shows that men who have an increased body mass index at the age of 18 years risk early heart failure.

10-06-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

Combining decongestion markers may guide HF hospital discharge

Patients hospitalised with acute heart failure who achieve good haemoconcentration in addition to a robust diuretic response are unlikely to be rehospitalised within the following 2 months, research suggests.

08-06-2016 | Coronary heart disease | News | Article

Temporal hs-cTNT changes may predict future heart disease

Temporal increases in high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T are associated with a significantly increased risk of coronary heart disease, heart failure and death among people initially free from cardiovascular disease, US study data show.

25-05-2016 | Heart failure | News | Article

European and US heart failure guidelines updated simultaneously

The European Society of Cardiology, with special contribution from the Heart Failure Association, has published a complete revision of its “Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure”.

04-08-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Multiple BP components give better vascular risk picture

Considering just one component of blood pressure may give an incomplete picture of a person’s cardiovascular risk, study findings suggest.

19-06-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Pulmonary effects leave cardiac red herring in COPD, emphysema

US researchers have found evidence that impaired left ventricular filling in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema is caused by reduced left ventricular preload due to upstream pulmonary causes, as opposed to intrinsic diastolic dysfunction.

28-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Biventricular pacing best in atrioventricular block patients

Use of biventricular rather than conventional right ventricular pacing results in better clinical outcomes in patients who have heart failure with atrioventricular block and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, show the results of BLOCK HF.

16-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

‘Breathprint’ offers efficient diagnosis of heart failure

Analysis of a single exhaled breath of air or “breathprint” can be used to quickly diagnose patients with heart failure, shows research.

19-02-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Symptom severity, hospice patient distress not necessarily linked

End-stage heart failure patients being treated in hospices have multiple symptoms with potential to cause distress, indicate US study findings.

10-02-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Arrhythmia may confound heart failure treatment

Meta-analysis findings question whether beta-blocker treatment remains effective in patients who have heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction if they also have atrial fibrillation.

03-02-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Dual renin angiotensin system blockade: too many cons

Any benefit of dual blockade of the renin angiotensin system is limited to its effects on surrogate endpoints, and outweighed by an excessive risk for adverse events such as hypotension, hyperkalemia, and renal failure, argue hypertension experts.

01-01-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Poor awareness, misunderstanding hinder palliative care for heart failure

A lack of awareness among heart failure patients prevents them accessing palliative care services during the late stages of their disease, indicate US study findings.

23-12-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Diuretic-based antihypertensive therapy touted for obese

Diuretic-based antihypertensive regimens may be preferable to calcium channel blocker-based therapy in patients who are obese, suggest researchers writing in The Lancet.

25-11-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Moderate exercise protects elderly hearts

The more exercise taken by individuals aged 65 years and older, the less likely biomarkers indicative of cardiac injury and new-onset heart failure are to increase, show US study findings.