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.

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.

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.

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.

Sugary Drinks Boost Heart Failure Risk

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

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.

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.

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