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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

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Poor validity of GPs' heart failure diagnoses?

2018 10 Apr

A new systematic review of pooled data of 196,105 patients with heart failure (HF) has confirmed a phenotype of older women with hypertension rather than ischaemic heart disease as the predominant HF population in general practice. Interestingly, the review found five main approaches to identifying patients with HF in general practice. "The majority... Read more

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Should abdominal obesity be used as a risk predictor?

2018 03 Apr

A recent study by Tsujimoto and Kajio assessed the relationship between abdominal obesity and mortality among patients with heart failure and preserved (≥45%) left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF). Results showed that the risk of all-cause mortality was significantly higher in patients with HFpEF with abdominal obesity than in those without abdominal... Read more

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Glucose-lowering therapies in patients with diabetes and heart failure

2018 02 Apr

Despite multiple examples of glucose-lowering therapies affecting heart failure (HF) risk, ascertainment of HF data in cardiovascular (CV) outcome trials of these medications has not been systematically characterised, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "Even recently completed large CV outcome trials... Read more

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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... 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,... 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... Read more