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What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure (HF), previously called congestive heart failure, is a serious condition most commonly caused by weak pumping of the heart muscle. Heart Rhythm Society Heart failure (HF), previously called congestive heart failure, is a serious condition most commonly caused by weak pumping of the heart muscle. Poor heart pumping function can cause fatigue, leg swelling, and difficulty breathing, particularly with exertion. Lifestyle changes, medication, pacemakers, defibrillators and even open heart surgery can be used to treat heart failure. What… Keep Reading

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What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Society for Participatory Medicine David Lee Scher, M.D   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and… Keep Reading

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Reduce AFib, Prevent Heart Failure

Women with atrial fibrillation had a nine-fold increase in risk for heart failure. CardioSmart –Aug 23, 2017– Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices Preventing four modifiable risk factors helps patients with atrial fibrillation reduce risk for heart failure. Individuals with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation can help prevent heart failure with a few simple steps, based on a recent study published in JACC: Heart Failure. Heart failure, which occurs when the heart… Keep Reading

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Effects of Weather on Heart Failure

  Our study shows that exposure to cold or high-pressure weather could trigger events leading to hospitalisation or death in heart failure patients. Science Alert –David Nifeld– –September 28, 2017– Weather Is a Serious Risk Factor For Heart Failure, Says Large Scale Study Dropping temperatures and changes in atmospheric pressure can lead to an increase in the risk of heart failure for elderly people, according to a large-scale study – and more care needs to be taken to counter the… Keep Reading

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Changes in Heart Rate Over Time and Cardiovascular Risk

When only considering the most recent heart rate, every five-BPM increase was linked to a 14 percent higher risk of all-cause mortality and a 17 percent higher risk of incident heart failure.   Cardiovascular Business –Daniel Allar –Jan 25, 2018–   Changes in heart rate over time correlate with cardiovascular risk Increases in heart rate over time signal a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death, supporting the use of serial monitoring in clinical practice, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology. Ali… Keep Reading

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Beet Juice Can Increase Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

After analysis, researchers found that exercise endurance improved by 24% after one week of daily beetroot juice consumption. American College of Cardiology March 08, 2016 Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability. A daily serving of beet juice may improve quality of life for heart failure patients, based on recent findings linking beetroot juice to blood pressure reductions and improved exercise endurance. Published in JACC: Heart Failure, this study tested the benefits of beet juice… Keep Reading

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