Heart Failure

Discharge Tools, Follow-Up Calls Reduce Readmission for Congestive Heart Failure

Discharge Tools, Follow-Up Calls Reduce Readmission for Congestive Heart Failure

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A literature review revealed that the use of care navigators in conjunction with follow-up telephone calls from nursing staff improved transition of care and readmission rates in patients with congestive heart failure.

Handheld Device Can ID Cardiac Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors

Handheld Device Can ID Cardiac Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors

Vivio can accurately detect cardiac dysfunction in anthracycline-exposed childhood cancer survivors

African American Adults Less Likely to Be Treated With Statins

African American Adults Less Likely to Be Treated With Statins

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Racial differences persist in statin use among adults, specifically African American adults, who are less likely to be treated with any statin or guideline-recommended statin intensity compared with white adults.

Ischemic Heart Disease, CHF Mortality Vary Across VA Systems

Ischemic Heart Disease, CHF Mortality Vary Across VA Systems

Risk-standardized mortality rates vary considerably across Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

Study Finds Safe Alcohol Consumption Guidelines May Not Be Strict Enough

Study Finds Safe Alcohol Consumption Guidelines May Not Be Strict Enough

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Among current drinkers without previous diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, the threshold for lowest risk of all-cause mortality is about 100 g of alcohol consumed per week.

Collaborative care intervention does not improve health in chronic heart failure, but alleviates depression and fatigue

Collaborative Care to Alleviate Symptoms and Adjust to Illness, a collaborative care intervention combining symptom and psychosocial care, did not improve heart failure-specific health status in chronic heart disease, compared to usual care.

ACC: Changes in temperature linked to STEMI

ACC: Changes in temperature linked to STEMI

Large changes in temperature are associated with increased risk of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Case Study: Syncope, Dizziness, and Fatigue on a Camping Trip

Case Study: Syncope, Dizziness, and Fatigue on a Camping Trip

A 52-year-old man presents to the emergency department with dizziness and fatigue after a syncopal episode on a camping trip.

Heart failure, hearing loss linked in older patients

Heart failure, hearing loss linked in older patients

Patients with heart failure might have a greater risk for cardiovascular comorbidities and hearing loss.

Depressive symptoms may increase mortality risk in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement

Depressive symptoms may increase mortality risk in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement

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In patients undergoing TAVR or SAVR, approximately 1 in 3 had depressive symptoms at baseline and a higher risk of short-term and midterm mortality.

Case Study: Lower extremity edema and heart failure in a middle-aged woman

Case Study: Lower extremity edema and heart failure in a middle-aged woman

A 55-year-old obese woman with hypertension, diabetes, and scleroderma is referred for follow-up after a recent admission for new-onset heart failure.

Endovascular strategy more effective than open repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms

Endovascular strategy more effective than open repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms

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Treating patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms with endovascular strategy over open repair may increase survival and decrease cost.

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.

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