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Costs of Cardiovascular Disease Enough to Make Your Heart Race
Costs associated with treating heart disease and heart conditions increased more than 200 percent in Canada from 1996 to 2006, and are expected to triple in the U.S. by 2030.
AHA to D.C.: Take It to Heart
The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a statement outlining the important role of advocacy in maintaing heart health during times of economic hardship.
Failed by Hearts -- and Hospitals
A new UK study finds heart-failure patients are twice as likely to die if they're admitted to general hospitals as opposed to cardiology wards.
Kidneys Can Cause Heart Failure?
The first-ever DNA sequence variant linked to heart failure also appears to play a role in causing the disease, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine.
Fish Oil Supplements and Heart-Failure Patients Get Along Swimmingly
A new study suggests fish oil (omega-3 fatty acid) supplements may help heart failure patients.
Not All Drugs are Created Equal
Comparing two drugs used to treat heart failure -- candesartan and losartan -- researchers found that candesartan was linked to a lower risk of death at 1-year and 5-year follow-ups.
Heartening News for Women
Women with mild heart failure who received a cardiac resynchronization device combined with defibrillator (CRT-D) showed a 70 percent reduction in heart failure and a 72 percent reduction in overall mortality.
S3 Sound is Not the Newest Boy Band
S3, an abnormal sound strongly linked to cardiac disease and heart failure, can be notoriously difficult for physicians to hear. The low-pitched, low-frequency sound isn't readily picked up by stethoscope alone.
Toxic for the Ticker?
A recent study from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found breast cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) appears to increase risk of congestive heart failure.