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.

Exercise Minimizes Heart Damage Caused by Obesity

Study shows how exercise helps reduce risk for heart failure, especially in obese adults.

Study Questions the Use of Vitamin D Supplements in Heart Failure Patients

Experts urge caution with daily high-dose vitamin D supplements.

Quality of Life as a Key Goal for Older Adults with Heart Disease

Maintaining independence should be a key goal of treatment, argue experts.

Experts Help Clarify Who Should Take Fish Oil Supplements

Current research shows a lack of evidence to recommend fish oil supplements to the general population.

Heart Failure Risk Strongly Associated with Inactivity and Obesity

Large study of U.S. adults affirms a healthy lifestyle for prevention.

Analysis Confirms Exercise is Safe for Patients with ICDs

Exercise helps patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators improve fitness and reduce ICD shocks, finds study.

Heart Failure Rates on the Rise, Show Latest Statistics

While heart failure has become an increasing concern, overall death rates from heart disease declined by 25% in recent years.

Study Questions Usefulness of Financial Penalties to Improve Quality of Care

Financial incentives to improve heart failure care not as effective as policy makers had hoped, finds study.

Despite Concerns, Caffeine is OK for Patients with Heart Failure

Moderate caffeine consumption may not be as dangerous as initially believed.

Flu Vaccine Helps Keep Heart Failure Patients Out of the Hospital

British study offers strong support for annual flu vaccine.

Not All Heart Failure Patients Benefit Equally From ICDs

Implantable devices that help prevent sudden cardiac death don’t extend the lives of all patients with heart failure.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

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

Many Patients Quit Their Jobs After Heart Failure Diagnosis

One in three patients doesn’t keep his or her job, finds study.

Women and Minorities Less Likely to Receive Counseling on ICDs for Heart Failure

Counseling on potentially life-saving heart failure treatment is lacking.

Obese Male Teens at High Risk for Heart Failure as Adults

Swedish study finds that obese young men are nearly ten times more likely to develop heart failure by middle age.
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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.
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Open Heart Surgery Boosts Survival in Heart Failure Patients

Despite increased risks, open heart surgery improves long-term survival in patients with heart disease and heart failure.

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.

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Vitamin D Improves Cardiac Function in Heart Failure

Study assesses a simple and promising treatment for the 5 million Americans with heart failure.

Harmful Gut Bacteria Linked to Poorer Health Among People with Heart Failure

Inflammation-causing bacteria levels are higher in severe heart failure.

Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure and Boosts Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability.

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.

Heart Failure Remains a Major Challenge for Those with Congenital Heart Disease

People born with heart defects are living longer than ever, but heart failure remains a serious concern.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

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