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Cardiology Management

Anaemia in heart failure: still relevant?

2018 14 Mar

One-third of all patients with heart failure (HF) have anaemia, and its presence is associated with more symptoms, increased rates of hospitalisation, and increased mortality. A major factor that leads to anaemia in HF is inadequate erythropoietin production resulting from renal failure. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have been proven to successfully... Read more

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Catheter ablation better than drugs for treating AF

2018 06 Feb

The findings of the eight-year CASTLE-AF clinical trial provide strong data on the safety and efficacy of catheter ablation in treating atrial fibrillation (AF), which can cause heart failure. The trial showed radiofrequency catheter ablation lowered hospitalisation and mortality rates by 47 and 44 percent, respectively, in AF patients. The study, led... Read more

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HRRP and increased death risk in heart failure patients

2017 14 Nov

While a programme implemented in the U.S. to reduce hospital readmissions was effective in curtailing the rate of readmissions, the same programme was associated with an increase in the rate of death among Medicare patients hospitalised with heart failure. The findings are from a new study published by JAMA Cardiology to coincide with the American Heart... Read more

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Scientists reverse advanced heart failure in mouse model

2017 10 Oct

Researchers at Texas Heart Institute's Cardiomyocyte Renewal Lab have found a new way to help improve heart function following heart failure. Using a mouse model, the researchers were able to reverse severe heart failure by silencing the activity of Hippo, a signalling pathway that can prevent the regeneration of heart muscle. Their work is published... Read more

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Tool predicts 30-day mortality for heart failure patients

2017 03 Oct

Researchers in Spain have developed a new tool to better assess risk of mortality from heart failure. The simple tool makes use of readily available data to accurately estimate the 30-day mortality risk for patients admitted to the emergency department with acute heart failure, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Emergency... Read more

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Lack of Evidence for Aspirin in Heart Failure

2017 08 Aug

The WARCEF (Warfarin Versus Aspirin in Reduced Ejection Fraction) trial indicates that, compared to warfarin, aspirin does not increase the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure. The study findings contrast with those of two previous trials that showed an increase in such risk, notes an editorial published in JACC: Heart Failure.The randomised trial,... Read more

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6-min Walk Test Predicts 30-day Readmission in HF Patients

2017 06 Jun

The 6-minute walk test distance (6MWD), a simple and inexpensive tool, may be effective in predicting 30-day readmission in hospitalised heart failure (HF) patients, according to a new study published in the journal Heart & Lung. The finding warrants further investigation to understand how the 6MWD may predict readmissions, including the cut-off distance... Read more

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Diabetes Mellitus and Heart Failure

2017 05 Jun

Considering current trial results, patients with diabetes and heart failure may benefit most from glucose-lowering therapies with sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibition, according to a review paper to appear in the American Journal of Cardiology. The beneficial effects of such therapies may be due to "the elimination of glucose via the kidney,... Read more

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Preterm Birth Linked to Risk of Heart Failure

2017 28 May

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report that babies that are born preterm have a a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence as compared to those that are born full term. Findings are published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. There is no doubt that a large number of babies survive preterm births.... Read more

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Heart Failure + Stroke - A Lethal Combination

2017 23 May

According to new research presented at EuroHeartCare 2017, heart failure and stroke is a lethal combination. Heart failure patients who have had a previous stroke have greater risk of depression, hospitalisation and death as compared to those without a history of stroke. The purpose of this study was to identify differences in the psychosocial and behavioural... Read more