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TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cells from young hearts might breathe new life into aging ones, research in rats suggests.

In the study, a special type of stem cells was taken from the hearts of newborn rats and injected into the hearts of old rats, average age 22 months. Other rats from the same age group were given saline shots instead.

Baseline heart funct...

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests.

Chronic kidney disease can as much as double a patient's risk of atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke or heart failure, said lead researcher Dr. Nisha Bansal. She is an as...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a first-ever experiment, geneticists have successfully modified a human embryo to remove a mutation that causes a life-threatening heart condition.

This is the first study to demonstrate that a gene-editing technique can be used in human embryos to convert mutant genes back to their normal version, the researchers said.

The new...

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance.

The study, of over 2,300 patients, found that those on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure.

That has been a concern because, in theo...

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gaining even a little weight can increase your chances of developing heart failure, a new study finds.

Adding pounds can change the structure of your heart and its ability to pump blood. But losing weight can reverse this potentially deadly process, the researchers said.

"People who gain weight, even as little as 5 percent, are mo...

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Under Obamacare, efforts were made to cut the number of times patients needed to head back to the hospital after discharge. But would a reduction in these "readmissions" leave patients more vulnerable at home, raising death rates?

A new study suggests that didn't happen. Reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure an...

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients are much less likely now to die from sudden cardiac arrest, new research shows.

Rates of sudden death from heart failure have declined by nearly half over the past two decades, according to data gathered from a dozen separate clinical trials.

Better heart medications used in effective combinations are extendin...

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.

Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found.

At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed. By 2013, the hosp...

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help?

Don't bet your life on it.

Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to deliver a shock to try to restore normal heart rhythm to...

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Heart failure, a progressive condition, means the heart isn't pumping as well as it should. This causes fatigue and shortness of breath, and can make everyday activities difficult to carry out.

Finnish researchers looked at household income f...

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart problems should receive personalized education to help them manage their conditions, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement.

The AHA also called for a multi-pronged approach and recommended that health information be tailored to a patient's ability to understand it.

"As hospital s...

MONDAY, May 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine users who quit the drug may get a break: New research suggests it's possible to reverse heart damage with proper medical treatment.

Research has previously linked meth use to heart problems that can contribute to death. But it hadn't been clear if stopping the drug use resulted in better heart health...

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The so-called "healthy obese" don't get off scot-free. They still have a higher risk of heart disease than normal-weight people, a new British study finds.

Folks dubbed healthy obese don't have metabolic problems typically associated with obesity -- such as high cholesterol, poor blood sugar control, diabetes or high blood pressure. But, it'...

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds.

Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF). This refers to how well the heart's left ventricle pumps with each contr...

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who entered menopause early or who never gave birth might have an increased risk of heart failure, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 28,000 postmenopausal women who did not have heart disease at the start of the study. During an average follow-up of about 13 years, just over 5 percent of the women were hospita...

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients who are readmitted to the same hospital after their initial treatment are more likely to survive and go home sooner, new Canadian research suggests.

Speedy treatment is critical for sudden events -- such as heart attack or stroke -- which explains why ambulance policies usually require patients to be taken to the clo...

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The ability to work may help predict a heart-failure patient's chances of survival, a preliminary study suggests.

Researchers found that joblessness was tied to a 50 percent higher risk of death in younger patients with heart failure.

"The ability to hold a job brings valuable information on well-being and performance status," said st...

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implanted pumps may be more than a "bridge" to a heart transplant -- they might also restore healthy heart function for some heart failure patients, a new British study suggests.

As the researchers explained, these battery-operated left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are often used to support patients with severe heart failure while they...

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports.

Based on data from 188 countries at six time points between 1990 and 2013, the researchers estimated that in 2013, reduced kidney function was associated with 4 percent of deaths worldwide, or 2.2 million deaths.

More than half of these deaths ...

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report another step in the use of stem cells to help treat people with debilitating heart failure.

In an early study of 27 patients, Japanese researchers used patients' own muscle stem cells to create a "patch" that was placed on the heart.

Over the next year, the patients generally showed small improvements in their sy...

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day may help protect a person's heart against disease, a large-scale study suggests.

But don't bend that elbow too often: drinking to excess can increase your risk for a variety of heart problems, the study also showed.

Researchers tracked more than 1.9 million healthy British adults and found that hav...

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo fertility treatment but don't get pregnant may have a slightly higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Failed fertility therapy was linked to a 19 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure later in life among the women in the study, said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Udell. He is a cardiologist...

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest.

Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said.

On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for pre...

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese people tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age, living with chronic illness for much longer than those of a healthy weight, a new study shows.

People carrying excess pounds do tend to live similar or only slightly shorter life spans compared to folks with normal body weight, the researchers found.

But h...

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men taking Viagra, Levitra or Cialis to revitalize their sex life might experience a valuable side benefit: enhanced heart health, researchers say.

Those erectile dysfunction drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, appear to reduce a man's risk of death or heart failure after a first heart attack, according to preliminary study findings.

Me...

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zika may cause heart problems in some people infected with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report.

A new study has identified nine Venezuelan patients who suffered from heart problems shortly after coming down with Zika virus symptoms.

Eight of the nine patients developed dangerous heart rhythm disorders, and two-thirds had e...

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggests that marijuana use raises an adult's risk of stroke and heart failure.

The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but the researchers said they tried to account for other heart risk factors.

"Even when we corrected for known risk factors, we still found a higher rate ...

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies suggest that winter is a particularly precarious time for heart failure patients.

Both reports found that these vulnerable patients are more likely to be hospitalized and to die during cold weather months. And one of the studies also found the cost and length of hospitalization for heart failure rose during winter.

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests.

"Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review autho...

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting regular exercise and staying slim can lower the risk for an especially hard-to-treat type of heart failure, new research shows.

This specific type of disease is called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Ejection fraction is the amount of blood that's pumped out of the heart. In many people with heart failure, the ...

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The intensive care unit (ICU) may not improve the chances of survival for all patients with serious heart problems, a new study suggests.

"We found that the ICU may not always be the answer. Now, we need to help doctors decide who needs the ICU and who doesn't," study lead author Dr. Thomas Valley said.

He's a pulmonary and critical ...

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association.

The same report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from heart disease is heading down.

The number of American adults with heart failure -- in...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are reporting some early success with a "soft robotic" device aimed at treating advanced heart failure.

The hope, the researchers said, is to improve upon ventricular assist devices, or VADs, that are currently used for severe heart failure.

The new device has been tested only on pig hearts -- so there is a long way to ...

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients have weakened hearts, but researchers say an experimental drug used for the first time in humans may repair heart cells and improve heart function.

According to the results of a small phase 1 trial, a single intravenous infusion of the drug cimaglermin was safe and, at high doses, improved h...

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher blood levels of a specific heart disease protein are associated with brain damage, a new study suggests.

N-terminal Pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a protein released into the blood in response to heart wall stress. Blood levels of NT-proBNP rise when heart failure worsens and fall when it gets better.

Previous ...

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in...

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults who've avoided obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are far less likely than others to experience heart failure in their later years, new research reports.

Investigators found that a 45-year-old without those three key risk factors has as much as an 86 percent lower risk for heart failure compared with someone with poor...

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients might also stiffen their heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports.

The protein fragments are called amyloid beta. Tests of heart tissue samples revealed that the hearts of Alzheimer's patients had increased levels of amyloid beta, the st...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain gene mutations can increase the risk of heart failure in healthy people, researchers report.

It had been believed that gene mutations in a protein called titin affect only people with dilated cardiomyopathy, one of the most common forms of inherited heart disease.

But this study of more than 1,400 adults found that the hea...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hard-to-treat form of heart failure may be relieved by an experimental device that creates a hole inside the heart muscle, according to new clinical trial results.

The InterAtrial Shunt Device opens up and maintains an 8-millimeter (mm) hole in the wall of tissue separating the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria), said lead resear...

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cash prices of generic medicines to treat heart failure vary so widely that some patients may not be able to afford to fill all of their prescriptions, a new study suggests.

In the greater St. Louis area, the cost of filling prescriptions for three common drugs -- digoxin, lisinopril and carvedilol -- ranged from as little as $12 to as much a...

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are going to the hospital due to heart failure, a new study finds.

The good news is that the hospital stays are getting shorter and survival rates for those hospitalized with heart failure are higher than in the past, researchers said.

The study included data from more than 15 million congestive heart failure-related...

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In some people with high blood pressure, too-steep drops in blood pressure after drug therapy may actually raise their risk of premature death, preliminary findings suggest.

Researchers led by Dr. Peter Okin, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, tracked data on nearly 8,000 non-diabetic adults who had high blood pressure.

The ...

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may significantly reduce obese people's risk of heart failure, a new study indicates.

Researchers compared more than 25,800 obese people who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery with more than 13,700 obese people who tried to lose weight through a program of major lifestyle changes. Both groups had no history of heart failur...

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report.

The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, postmenopausal women with the most protein in their diet had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with women who...

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest.

The research focused on 36 patients who were implanted with what's known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a kind of heart pump.

"Patients ...

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new discovery in mice may boost efforts to find an effective treatment for heart failure in humans, researchers say.

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco tested an estimated 5,500 chemicals and identified two that help transform scar tissue in the heart into healthy, beating heart muscle.

When heart muscle is d...

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to common belief, coffee doesn't seem to increase the risk of irregular heartbeats in people with heart failure, according to a small Brazilian study.

"Our data reassures that most patients with heart disease might drink moderate doses of caffeine-rich beverages with no major risks," said lead researcher Dr. Luis Rohde. He's from the...

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When her mother was diagnosed with heart failure, the award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah was shocked.

Her mom, Rita Owens, was a New Jersey high school teacher only in her early 50s. But after she passed out at school one day, doctors determined she was one of 6 million Americans with heart failure, a chronic, progressive disorde...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report.

Medicines like these fall into a category of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications may raise a person's relative risk of heart failure by...