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Being Supportive Can Make a Difference
When someone close to you is diagnosed with heart failure, they may become depressed and have trouble dealing with stress. But being supportive could lessen their depression and may even improve their health.
Heart Device Follow-Up Still Low
Follow-up care after an implanted heart device, such as a pacemaker, is recommended for optimal care. Though the number receiving follow-up appointments is low, research shows significant strides have been made in recent years.
ICDs: Real World Life Savers
Implanted heart devices have generally fared well in studies. But does that mean it will give everyday Joes a heart boost and added longevity? The latest findings suggest they do.
Can We Protect the Heart from Chemo?
Adriamycin ( doxorubicin ) can be a good chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. But, for some women, it can lead to heart damage. A recent study found a way to predict who is at risk.
External Options for Heart Failure
Heart failure patients have a new option to prevent sudden cardiac death. They can wear an external monitor that will make sure their heart beats right.
Shorter Stays are Good News
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospital stays. It racks up 6.5 million hospital days a year. This creates a huge financial burden for everyone. Helping patients get ongoing medical care can shorten hospital stays.
New Heart Therapy Ain't All That
New drugs are always tested for safety and effectiveness in trials before the FDA approves them. But this doesn't mean they are effective for everyone for a particular condition.
Heart Failure Drugs Lower Death Rate
Not all heart failure patients are created equal. Some have more severe symptoms, and some are more stable. So researchers need to learn whether medications work in each subgroup of patients.
FDA Approves Pump for Heart Failure Patients Awaiting Heart Transplant
The US Food and Drug Administration today approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), to support heart function and blood flow in patients with end-stage heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant.
Depression Treatment Gives Heart Failure Patients a Boost
Depression can affect the health of heart failure patients, even impacting the quality of their lives. New research suggests managing depression may give patients a health boost and even improve their social lives.