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.

Medication Adherence Lowers Heart Disease Risk

Taking heart medications properly greatly reduces risk for complications and death, study finds.

Caloric Intake of Obese Children is Underestimated

Study uses model to show obese children consume significantly more calories each day than healthy children.

Study Highlights Need For More AEDs

Availability of life-saving devices must be widespread in public places.

Echocardiograms Unnecessary for the General Population

Study finds that a useful heart test has negligible benefit for healthy patients without a family history of heart disease.

Small Restaurants Have Calorie-Packed Items, Too

Meals from non-chain or small-chain restaurants typically have higher calorie content than their fast-food peers.

Sodium Levels Remain High in Popular Foods

Study finds little progress in reducing sodium levels of common processed and restaurant foods since 2005.

Noisy Airports May Impact Heart Health of Nearby Residents

Study shows noise from planes may disrupt sleep, worsening cardiovascular health.

Air Pollution Worsens Heart Failure

Common forms of air pollution can seriously affect heart failure patients.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Directly Linked to Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

A common sleep disorder may significantly increase risk of sudden cardiac death.

Vegetarians May Live Longer Than Meat Eaters

New research confirms that vegetarian dietary patterns can extend longevity.

Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent Memory Loss

In addition to being heart-healthy, the Mediterranean diet may also help protect our minds.

Novel Ads Encourage Smokers to Ask Their Doctors About Quitting

A new national campaign aiming to curb smoking rates features real stories from former smokers.

Magnets in iPad 2 May Interfere with Heart Devices

A study conducted by a 14-year-old student finds that the iPad 2 interferes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

Poor Diet Negatively Impacts Sleep Patterns in Middle-School Children

Among children, a link found between diet and sleep may be the key to promoting better heart health as adults.

Smokeless Tobacco Trends in Adolescents

Smokeless tobacco use remains unchanged between 2000 and 2011 among middle and high school students.

Pets May Boost Heart Health

After a comprehensive review of existing research, experts acknowledge an association between pet ownership and reduced cardiovascular risk.

Understanding the Tobacco Control Act

A review of the law that helps protect the public against health problems caused by tobacco use.

Binge Drinking Harms the Heart

A study highlights the negative impact that excessive drinking can have on the heart—even in young, healthy individuals.

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

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Digoxin Reduces Hospitalizations in Older Heart Failure Patients

Medication may not only keep patients healthier but reduce health care costs.

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No Benefit Found From Blood Pressure Drug in Heart Failure Patients

According to researchers, the blood pressure-lowering drug aliskiren had no positive effect on people with heart failure.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.

Calcium Supplements May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Men

While more research is needed, new findings show how calcium supplements could affect heart health in men.
Exercise Could Treat Depression in Heart Patients

Exercise Could Treat Depression in Heart Patients

Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. This study shows exercise is also highly effective in helping you fight depression.

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