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22nd Annual Scientific Meeting HFSA

2018 15 Sep

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Air pollution linked to changes in cardiac structure

2018 08 Aug

Even low levels of air pollution may cause serious changes in the structure of the heart, similar to those seen in the early stages of heart failure, according to new research partly funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the journal Circulation. Researchers led by Professor Steffen Petersen, Queen Mary University of London,... Read more

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Optimizer® Smart device being tested in new cohort study

2018 01 Aug

Thomas Jefferson University has announced implantation of the first Optimizer® Smart investigational device in a patient enrolled in a new study entitled Impulse Dynamics FIX-HF-5CA Continued Access Study. The device implantation was performed by interventional cardiologist Steven Roberts, MD, at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital’s Heart Center. ... Read more

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Heart failure death rates higher for women than men

2018 18 Jul

Substantial progress in the management of heart failure has been made over the past decade. Still, mortality rates from heart failure remain higher for women than men, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The study, which covered a five-year period ((2009 to 2014), also found that rates of hospital... Read more

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Study: waist‐to‐hip ratio increases mortality in female heart failure patients

2018 11 Jul

A higher waist‐to‐hip ratio (WHR) was associated with a higher risk of death in female but not in male patients with heart failure (HF), according to new research published in the European Journal of Heart Failure. These findings challenge the obesity paradox, and suggest that fat deposition is pathophysiologically harmful and may be a target for... Read more

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Why is data on heart failure medications' efficacy in women limited?

2018 04 Jul

Heart failure (HF) is almost as common in women as men, but its characteristics vary by sex. Of note, women are largely underrepresented in clinical trials of HF medications, and that evidence of medications’ efficacy in women is limited, according to a review article in the journal ESC Heart Failure.  Heart failure presentation differs between... Read more

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U.S. study: social isolation increases mortality in heart failure patients

2018 30 May

Among heart failure patients, feelings of social isolation are associated with increased risk of hospitalisation or death, according to new research published online in Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers say screening heart failure patients for social isolation could help identify those at risk of poor outcomes. In the U.S.,... Read more

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American Heart Association: Eating fish twice a week is good for the heart

2018 22 May

The American Heart Association has released a new scientific advisory reaffirming AHA's recommendation to eat fish – especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids – twice a week. Eating two 3.5-ounce servings of non-fried fish every week can help reduce the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and ischaemic stroke. The advisory... Read more

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Heart failure: the Alzheimer’s disease of the heart?

2018 15 May

Desmin is a protein found in the cell’s “skeleton,” or supporting structure, and is known as intermediate filaments. New Johns Hopkins-led research shows desmin protein clumps appear to accumulate in the diseased hearts of mice and people with heart failure. The mechanism is similar to how protein clumps build up in the brain in people with some... Read more

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Exercise is safe, beneficial for heart failure

2018 08 May

Amongst patients with heart failure (HF), exercise therapy is positively associated with lower mortality and higher survival rates, along with a significant reduction in cardiac events and hospitalisations, says a review article in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. "Exercise therapy is a well-documented, cost-effective, safe intervention for patients... Read more