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.

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.

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.

Limiting Salt Could Harm, Not Help, Heart Failure Patients

Those with heart failure should work closely with their health care providers to determine what is best for their individual case.

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.

Low-Fat Diets Not the Best Weight Loss Solution

A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.

Sugary Drinks Boost Heart Failure Risk

Two or more sugar-sweetened drinks a day increase risk for heart failure in men, study finds.

The More Exercise the Better to Prevent Heart Failure

Exceeding the recommended levels of physical activity may reduce heart failure risk by up to 35%.

African-American Veterans Healthier Than White Counterparts

Analysis of VA data stands in contrast to health disparities in the general U.S. population.

Therapy is Useful for Heart Failure Patients Experiencing Depression

Cognitive therapy eases depression symptoms, which improves quality of life and helps keep these patients out of the hospital.

Music Boosts Heart Health

Music’s effect on heart activity, blood pressure and breathing bodes well for health.

A Healthy Lifestyle in Midlife Makes for Healthier Golden Years

The benefits of healthy choices carry long into older adulthood.

Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier, Lives

While life expectancy continues to rise, heart disease becomes the leading cause of disability around the world.

Moderate Exercise Helps Ward Off Heart Failure

Walking or biking just 20 minutes a day cuts heart failure risk by more than 20%.

Deep Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Study finds that both volume and type of belly fat have an impact on heart health.

Age and Gender Differences in Heart Disease Mortality Rates

Despite recent drops in cardiovascular mortality rates, death toll among young adults remains high.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

Alcohol Alters Heart Function in Elderly Adults

Study finds that drinking alcohol causes changes in heart size and function, especially in elderly women.

Cash Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Rewards-based programs are much more appealing than deposit-based programs, which require smokers to risk their own money.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Memory and Brain Function

A diet rich in olive oil and nuts may improve brain function and reduce risk for dementia.

Moderate Wine Consumption Improves Quality of Life for Heart Failure Patients

In this study, benefits from a daily glass of wine included less depression and inflammation and a better perception of one’s health.

A National Plan to Get America Moving

Proposed changes to our physical and social environments encourage regular physical activity for Americans throughout the course of the day.

Depression Takes a Greater Toll on African-Americans with Heart Failure

Research findings warn against ignoring depressive symptoms in this population already at greater risk for the condition.

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