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Statin use can lead to heart failure: research

7/10/2014 - Promoters of statin drugs for high cholesterol often claim that this particular class of pharmaceutical is no more harmful than a placebo, providing vast benefits without inflicting any harm. But credible scientific research suggests otherwise, having determined in multiple instances that taking statins...

Mind-body connection: Simple attitude proven to lower risk of heart failure by 73%

4/29/2014 - It turns out that what you say to yourself is massive factor in determining your health, according to a four-year research project published by the University of Michigan in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. In collaboration with investigators from Harvard University, the research team followed...

Recent study links prolonged sitting to heart failure

3/27/2014 - With the number of people suffering from heart problems constantly going up, it is in the best interest of everyone to get to know the main contributing factors. A human heart is one of the most depended-upon organs in the body. However, if one has been spending the better part of his or her day sitting,...

Diet dramatically effects progression of heart failure, study finds

9/29/2013 - A new cardiovascular study from the University of Michigan is looking beyond modern western medicine. Pharmaceutical drugs for hypertension just aren't the long term answer, as many researchers look to dietary needs to solve heart health problems. The new study looks in a more holistic direction,...

Vitamin C may be effective treatment for heart failure, scientists announce

11/14/2011 - According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 5.7 million people in the US suffer from heart failure and it takes the lives of about 300,000 Americans each year. Currently, heart failure has no cure although certain medications and lifestyle changes can help many people live longer;...

Magnesium slashes risk of sudden heart failure in women

12/28/2010 - Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required to sustain healthy blood vessels, generate cellular energy, and maintain healthy nerve and muscle function. Required to perform more than 300 critical biochemical reactions throughout the body, magnesium is especially important to heart health as it...

Heart failure breakthrough: placebo controlled study shows major improvement with acupuncture

8/5/2010 - Heart failure is a progressive condition marked by a worsening of the heart's ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. It is most often caused by a heart attack, years of high blood pressure or other injuries to the cardiovascular system and kills about 250,000 people in the U.S. each...

Selenium Defies FDA Mandate by Preventing and Curing Heart Failure

7/20/2010 - The FDA states that only drugs can prevent or cure disease, but fortunately the local medical authorities in areas with low soil selenium levels are taking a more effective path to the prevention and treatment of a serious heart condition. Keshan Disease, a type of heart failure that leads to an enlarged...

Fish Oil and Fatty Fish Protect Men from Heart Failure

4/26/2009 - A new study just published in the European Heart Journal concludes that eating fatty fish and the marine omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil appears to protect men from heart failure. This is important news because heart failure (also known as congestive heart failure, or CHF) is an enormous health...

Exercise Benefits Heart Failure Patients

4/24/2009 - In the past, many heart failure patients have been put on strict bed rest. But such a sedentary existence can be miserable, and it may not be necessary. Exercise can greatly improve a heart failure patient's quality of life, and may even improve heart health, say two articles published this month in...

Two Important Ways to Lower Risk of Heart Failure

2/3/2009 - A man who is obese and inactive can have a risk of getting heart failure which is as much as three times that of a lean and active counterpart, a study conducted at Brigham and Women`s Hospital has found. And heightened heart failure risk applied not just to obese men, but also to those who were simply...

Exercise Shown to Benefit Even Heart Failure Patients

12/4/2008 - Heart failure patients were once advised not to exercise, in view of the potential risk that their weakened hearts would not be able to withstand the exertions of physical activity. But someone also once said, "if you rest, you rust". And a recent study which was funded by the United States government...

Flu Shots Leave Heart Failure Patients at Risk for Infection

10/24/2008 - While flu vaccines are often particularly recommended for people suffering from heart failure, those people are less protected by the vaccine than the general population, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and presented at the meeting of the American College...

New Study Shows Fish Oil Supplement Aids Heart Failure Patients

9/10/2008 - An Italian study recently confirmed what previous observational studies have also shown, that taking a daily supplement of Omega-3 fish oil helped to reduce deaths and hospitalizations of people with heart failure. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Harvard...

Avandia Study Shows 60 Percent Increase in Heart Failure Risk Among Diabetics who Take the Drug

7/28/2008 - Seniors who take the popular Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia have a 60 percent higher risk of heart failure than patients who take other diabetes medications, according to a new data analysis conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science in Toronto and published in the Journal of the American...

Whole Grains Consumption Cuts Heart Failure Risk in Men by 29 Percent

5/5/2008 - Eating whole grain cereal for breakfast every day can reduce a man's risk of heart disease by 29 percent, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The Physicians Health Study I surveyed 21,000 U.S. doctors on their diets and health status over the course of 19 years. In this...

Men with Chronic Heart Failure Can Still Have Sex without Dying, Say Medical Researchers

3/11/2008 - Fears that men with chronic heart failure might risk their lives by having sex are overblown, and even those taking Viagra may be safe engaging in sexual activity if they are receiving the proper medical care, according to a study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers Stacy...

Review Finds the Herb Hawthorn Can Boost Heart Health

3/7/2008 - Historically, herbalists have used the herb hawthorn as a cardiac tonic and considered it valuable for improvement of cardiac weakness, an enlarged heart, angina, arrhythmias, edema, hardening of the arteries, heart palpitations, heart valve murmurs, irregular heartbeat, nerve depression and unexplained...

Moderate exercise may delay congestive heart failure, CU-Boulder study suggests (press release)

9/7/2006 - A new University of Colorado at Boulder study involving laboratory rats that indicates low-intensity exercise may significantly delay the onset of congestive heart failure appears to have some promising implications for humans. According to Professor Russell Moore of CU-Boulder's integrative physiology...

Thiamin deficiency common in hospitalized heart failure patients (press release)

8/28/2006 - Among patients hospitalized with heart failure, about one in three has deficient levels of thiamin, although thiamin deficiency was less common among those patients who were taking vitamin supplements, according to a new study in the Jan. 17, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology....

Implantable defibrillators save lives but may increase heart failure risk (press release)

8/3/2006 - Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death but may increase the risk of subsequent heart failure in patients who live longer, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. ...

Common painkillers associated with increased risk of first hospital admission for heart failure (press release)

7/1/2006 - Common painkillers, such as ibuprofen, are associated with a 30% increased risk of first hospital admission for heart failure, reveals research published ahead of print in Heart. Although the overall risk is small, say the researchers, it may have a considerable impact on public health, particularly...

Heart Failure Drug Found To Have Killed Thousands, Injured Tens of Thousands; Yet Doctors and the FDA Continue To Support It

8/6/2004 - A new study conducted by the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a health care research organization in Toronto, has concluded that a prescription drug commonly prescribed for congestive heart failure is now responsible for an increased number of deaths of heart patients due to the drug being...

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