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.

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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.

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.

A Healthy Lifestyle in Midlife Makes for Healthier Golden Years

The benefits of healthy choices carry long into older adulthood.

Music Boosts Heart Health

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

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.

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.

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