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 Could Prevent Heart Failure in Sedentary Middle-Aged Adults

Physical activity has major heart-health benefits, even if you start moving more in middle age.

Living in a Poor Neighborhood Increases Heart Failure Risk

Where we live could have a direct impact on our heart function, study finds. 

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

Moderate Drinking Lowers Risk of Heart Failure

An Italian study links up to two glasses of wine a day to reduced risk for heart failure.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

Stem cells from umbilical cords may improve heart function and symptoms.

Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices

Preventing four modifiable risk factors helps patients with atrial fibrillation reduce risk for heart failure.

Weight Gain in Middle Age Contributes to Increased Risk for Heart Failure

Gaining just 5% of body weight can affect heart structure and function.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

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.