Heart Failure

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 heart failure. 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.

Physical distancing

Physical Distancing Helps Prevent Spread Of COVID-19, Study Finds

Face coverings and masks also help protect against the new coronavirus.
webinar

Coronavirus and People With Heart Conditions: What You Need to Know | Webinar

In this Mended Hearts webinar, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati offers advice on what you can do to protect your heart during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Protein

For Older Women, a Little More Protein Each Day Could Keep AFib at Bay

Eating 1-2 more servings of protein could cut the chance of developing atrial fibrillation by 5%, study shows.
Cancer treatment

Statins for Breast Cancer? Maybe for Some.

Popular cholesterol-lowering drug linked to a lower chance of treatment-related heart failure.

CardioSmart News

Patients Urged to Continue Blood Pressure and Heart Failure Medications Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The HFSA/ACC/AHA issued a joint statement about COVID-19 and a group of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Coronavirus

Heart Patients Warned of Risks from Coronavirus

People with heart disease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Marijuana

Highlighting the Concerns of Marijuana's Effects on the Heart

Marijuana use is associated with cardiovascular problems and can interfere with common heart medications, according to a review article.

A Closer Look at How to Manage Heart Failure

Evidence-based dietary and medication changes can help promote recovery and a higher quality of life. 

More Research Needed to Achieve Health Equity in Preventive Care

Experts identify gaps in knowledge about how to put proven services into practice.

Women with Heart Failure Face Greater Risk of Death After Surgery than Men

Women tend to fare better after surgery, except in study patients with heart failure. 

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2019

This year's most-read patient stories worth a second look.

Wearable Monitors Show Promise for Heart Failure Management

Smartwatches and other wearable devices may be the future of heart failure management.

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. 

Heart Failure in Young Adults

Study finds that young patients with heart failure face lower risk of death but poorer quality of life than the elderly.

Being Overweight and Obese Damages Heart Muscle

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

Experts Provide Guidance on Managing Diabetes and Heart Failure

Treating diabetes and heart failure together should be handled differently than managing each condition alone.

Coordinating Care for Patients with Heart Failure and Diabetes

Diabetes worsens outcomes for people with diastolic heart failure, highlighting the need for coordinated care. 

Flu Vaccination Boosts Survival for Patients with Heart Failure

The flu shot reduced risk of death by 18% in patients with heart failure, Danish study finds.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Exercise is Recommended for Prevention and Management of Heart Failure

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps protect against heart failure and improve outcomes, explain experts.

Racial Health Disparities Persist at Hospitals Across the Country

Analysis of U.S. hospital data shows that systemic issues may be to blame for health care disparities.

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.