Cardiomyopathy

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about cardiomyopathy. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

Experts Recommend Lifelong Monitoring in Patients After Fontan Procedure

The American Heart Association has developed a toolkit for managing patients with a rare congenital heart defect.

Being Overweight and Obese Damages Heart Muscle

Swedish study links carrying excess weight to a weaker heart and heart failure later in life.

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New Drug Offers Hope for Patients with a Rare Form of Cardiomyopathy

Breakthrough therapy appears both safe and effective in patients with a rare and fatal heart condition called transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Positive Emotions Can Trigger Mysterious Heart Condition

“Broken heart syndrome” is triggered by both joyful and negative events, finds study.
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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

Declines in U.S. Death Rates Have Slowed

Researchers measure progress on heart disease and other leading causes of death, and identify areas for improvement.