Heart Failure

Vitamin D supplements reduce depressive symptoms, cardiac events in moderate to severe depression

Vitamin D supplements reduce depressive symptoms, cardiac events in moderate to severe depression

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In patients with depressive symptoms, vitamin D deficiency with no additional supplements had the highest depressive score at 6 months and shortest cardiac event-free survival.

Natriuretic peptide-guided therapy does not improve outcomes in high-risk heart failure patients

Natriuretic peptide-guided therapy does not improve outcomes in high-risk heart failure patients

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NT-proBNP-guided treatment strategy did not improve outcomes compared with a usual care strategy in high-risk patients with heart failure.

A faster heart rate and numbness: Is the patient having a heart attack?

A faster heart rate and numbness: Is the patient having a heart attack?

A 30-year-old woman presents with an increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and tingling in her right arm.

New data show aspirin safe for heart failure patients

New data show aspirin safe for heart failure patients

Data from a clinical trial show that patients taking daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for heart failure.

Managing systolic heart failure

Managing systolic heart failure

Primary care providers can help significantly reduce heart failure exacerbations and improve their patients' overall quality of life.

Heart failure hospitalization rate declining in the United States

Heart failure hospitalization rate declining in the United States

There were 526.86 hospital admissions for every 100,000 people in 2002, compared with 364.66 per 100,000 in 2013.

Managing patients with chronic heart failure

Managing patients with chronic heart failure

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Clinicians will encounter more patients at risk for CHF as the population ages and cardiovascular risk factors become more prevalent.

ICU may be overused for some patients with heart or lung disease

ICU may be overused for some patients with heart or lung disease

Researchers also observed no difference in 30-day mortality rates between patients in the ICU and those who received regular inpatient care in another hospital unit.

Ambulatory diuretic therapy lowers costs in decompensated heart failure

Ambulatory diuretic therapy lowers costs in decompensated heart failure

Ambulatory high-dose intravenous diuretic therapy could be cost saving compared with hospitalization for intravenous loop diuretic therapy.

NSAID use linked to increased risk of heart failure hospitalization

NSAID use linked to increased risk of heart failure hospitalization

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Some individual NSAIDs may be linked to increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure.

Common medications can cause or worsen heart failure, cautions AHA

Common medications can cause or worsen heart failure, cautions AHA

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The American Heart Association has published a scientific statement that outlines which medications cause or exacerbate heart failure.

Vagal nerve stimulation does not reduce mortality in heart failure patients

Vagal nerve stimulation does not reduce mortality in heart failure patients

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At 16 months, 30.3% of patients either died or experienced worsening heart failure.

FDA issues warning for 2 diabetes drugs linked to risk of heart failure

FDA issues warning for 2 diabetes drugs linked to risk of heart failure

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The FDA will add warnings about heart failure risk to the labels of type 2 diabetes medicines containing saxagliptin and alogliptin.

Coronary bypass surgery reduces mortality for patients with heart failure

Coronary bypass surgery reduces mortality for patients with heart failure

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Patients with coronary artery disease who were previously not considered candidates for CABG may benefit from the surgery.

Incretin-based medications do not increase heart failure hospitalization

Incretin-based medications do not increase heart failure hospitalization

Regardless of history of heart failure, incretin-based medications are not associated with an increased risk for hospitalization due to heart failure.

Obese heart failure patients may benefit from bariatric surgery

Obese heart failure patients may benefit from bariatric surgery

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Patients who were obese and underwent bariatric surgery saw a significant reduction in heart failure-related exacerbation events.

Is heart failure linked to DPP-4 inhibitor use in patients with diabetes?

Is heart failure linked to DPP-4 inhibitor use in patients with diabetes?

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Current evidence is inadequate to determine how DPP-4 inhibitors affect the risk of heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes.

AHA checklist score may predict heart failure

AHA checklist score may predict heart failure

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A one-point increase in the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 checklist correlated to a 23% lower risk of developing heart failure.

Influenza vaccine may reduce all-cause mortality rates in patients with heart failure

Influenza vaccine may reduce all-cause mortality rates in patients with heart failure

Patients with heart failure who receive the influenza vaccine may have a lower risk for all-cause mortality compared with those who do not get the vaccine.

Ventricle pacing reduces heart failure in chronic kidney disease patients

Ventricle pacing reduces heart failure in chronic kidney disease patients

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Researchers found a 15% to 20% reduction in the risk of hospitalization for or death from heart failure in patients who received cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D).

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

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Premature birth has been associated with a number of adverse health conditions.

Restricting sodium may be detrimental in chronic heart failure

Restricting sodium may be detrimental in chronic heart failure

Chronic heart failure patients who restrict sodium intake may have an increased risk of death or hospitalization.

Researchers link pulse pressure to adverse outcomes in heart failure patients

Researchers link pulse pressure to adverse outcomes in heart failure patients

Researchers have linked pulse pressure to adverse outcomes in heart failure patients with both reduced ejection fraction and preserved ejection fraction.

IV diuretics safe and effective in chronic heart failure care

IV diuretics safe and effective in chronic heart failure care

Researchers examined the effectiveness of diuretic treatment for volume management in patients with chronic heart failure and evidence of worsening congestion.

Mirabegron fails to improve LVEF in heart failure patients

Mirabegron fails to improve LVEF in heart failure patients

Researchers on the BEAT-HF trial have concluded that, in patients with chronic heart failure, mirabergron failed to improve left ventricular ejection fraction.

Vericiguat well tolerated but not statistically significant in reducing natriuretic peptide level in patients with chronic heart failure

Vericiguat well tolerated but not statistically significant in reducing natriuretic peptide level in patients with chronic heart failure

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A phase 2 trial of the drug vericiguat did not show a statistically significant reduction of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels in patients with worsening chronic heart failure.

Elevated total bilirubin, transaminases reported in chronic heart failure patients with poor prognosis

Elevated total bilirubin, transaminases reported in chronic heart failure patients with poor prognosis

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Researchers evaluate the echocardiographic correlates of elevated total bilirubin and transaminases in patients with chronic heart failure.

Ranolazine shows improvements over traditional antianginal medications

Ranolazine shows improvements over traditional antianginal medications

A study published in The American Journal of Cardiology shows that newer antianginal (AA) medications - including ranolazine - show substantial outcome improvements when compared to traditional AA medications.

Regular consumption of sweetened beverages increases heart failure risk

Regular consumption of sweetened beverages increases heart failure risk

Regularly drinking sweetened beverages can increase the risk of heart failure in men by 23% compared with those who do not consume these drinks.

New guideline established for managing supraventricular tachycardia

New guideline established for managing supraventricular tachycardia

The American College of Cardiology has published a guideline for the management of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in adult patients.

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