Items Tagged ‘heart failure’

March 20, 2012

People Who Feel Dizzy When They Stand Up More Likely to Develop Heart Failure

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Ever feel lightheaded or dizzy from standing up too quickly? According to a new study, you might be more likely to suffer from heart failure…People experiencing orthostatic hypotension should speak with their doctor to see if a more serious underlying health problem – such as heart failure or dehydration – is the cause, according to […]

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Tags: heart failure, orthostatic hypotension


February 3, 2012

New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems

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Two new studies shine a light on some lesser known consequences of heart failure: fractures and memory problems. About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association…Martha Grogan, MD, says the new studies tell us two important things about heart failure that we didn’t know before.  Now “we […]

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Tags: american heart association, fractures, heart failure, Martha Grogan, Mayo Medical School, memory problems


April 15, 2010

Older Patients With Hip Fractures at Increased Risk for Heart Failure

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Patients older than 75 years who need surgery to repair a hip fracture have a critically higher incidence of congestive heart failure and a significantly worse outcome than their counterparts without hip fractures, researchers reported here at Hospital Medicine 2010: Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual Meeting.   Warning signs such as arrhythmia should be […]

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Tags: D. Michael Cullen, heart failure, hip fractures


February 9, 2010

Hearts Actually Can Break

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Dorothy Lee and her husband of 40 years were driving home from a Bible study group one wintry night when their car suddenly hit the curb. Mrs. Lee looked at her husband, who was driving, and saw his head bob a couple of times and fall on his chest…   When patients are hospitalized with […]

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Tags: broken-heart syndrome, heart failure


October 20, 2009

The Deadly Mamba as a Lifesaver

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Mother Nature has provided a rich source of raw materials for a host of important drugs: aspirin comes from willow tree bark; the blood pressure drug captopril from the venom of a pit viper; warfarin, the widely used blood thinner, was derived from moldy sweet clover…   That’s the hope, at least, of John Burnett, […]

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Tags: captopril, heart failure


October 20, 2009

Tool Could Cut Costs of Treating Heart Failure

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Treating heart failure patients costs $25 billion each year. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic hope to make it more affordable with a new device…   Dr. Charles Bruce with the Mayo Clinic said, “Depending on that input we can determine whether the patients needs to see their physician or maybe we’d up their medications to […]

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Tags: heart failure, Medical Edge


October 20, 2009

Health Discovery: Defibrillators May Not Help Women With Heart Failure

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Despite their widespread use, implantable defibrillators—used to detect and then correct dangerous heart rhythms—may not protect women as well as they protect men, research shows.   The defibrillators help prevent sudden cardiac death in people with serious heart problems by delivering an electric shock to restore normal rhythm. But a study by the Providence Hospital […]

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Tags: Cardiology, defibrillators, heart failure


September 1, 2009

ESC: Case Made for CRT in Early Heart Failure

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

An implantable device that provides cardiac resynchronization may slow the progression of heart failure in patients with asymptomatic disease, and it appears that women reap the greatest benefit from the treatment, researchers said today.   Compared with patients who had a simple cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implanted, patients who received one that delivers resynchronization therapy — a […]

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Tags: cardiovascular, heart failure


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