Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind
If you’ve suffered from recent heart failure you may be starting to notice your thoughts are a bit more clouded than they were before, and a new study sheds insight as to what’s going on.
Helping Kids Awaiting Heart Transplant
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have given the green light to a device designed to support weakened hearts in children with heart failure who are awaiting a transplant.
Heart Failure Treatment Lowers Risk of Death
Patients with congestive heart failure can have a tough time finding an effective treatment. A recent study suggests cardiac re-synchronization therapy (CRT) may reduce re-hospitalization and the risk of dying.
Health Literacy Not a Predictor of a Healthy Heart
Some heart patients may be highly educated and understand recommended treatments. However, they do not appear to do any better at managing their own care related to heart failure as compared to less-educated patients.
The Re-admission Dilemma
Certain regions of the U.S. suffer from high hospital readmission rates. Interestingly, that elevated number may have less to do with poor care or more severe illnesses.
Heart Valve Operation Key to Longevity
Heart failure patients that also have an infection of the heart lining called infective endocarditis tend to live shorter lives. Heart valve surgery may significantly reduce the risk of such patients dying.
Everything in Moderation, Even Salt
For years, the health care community has agreed that people at risk of heart disease should lower their salt intake. Now, it seems that too little salt may be just as harmful as too much salt.
Too Little Salt May Increase Heart Risk
High salt consumption has long been associated with heart disease including hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Low levels of sodium also may negatively impact cardiovascular health.
Stem Cells Reverse Heart Failure Damage
Preliminary clinical trial results suggest that adult stem cells may be able to reverse moderate to severe congestive heart failure.
Nipping Heart Failure Complications
It's been suggested that blood levels of a protein decline after beginning treatment for heart failure. Using medications to force it to drop if it doesn't happen on its own can reduce hospitalizations and cardiovascular complications.