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.

Protein-Rich Diet is Not Ideal for Heart Failure Prevention

Some animal-based proteins are linked with a higher likelihood of heart failure, suggests study of Finnish men.

Living Near Fast Food is Associated with Greater Risk for Heart Disease

Dutch study links easy access to fast food and increased risk for heart disease.

Cigarette Smoking Increases Heart Failure Risk in African-Americans

Mississippi study links cigarette smoking to poorer heart function.

California Wildfires Tied to Uptick in Heart Events

Statewide study shows increased heart-related hospital visits during the 2015 wildfire season.

Walking Helps Prevent Heart Failure in Older Women

Study links brisk walking for 40 minutes several times a week to reduced risk of heart failure.
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People with Heart Failure Can Benefit Greatly from the Flu Vaccine

The flu shot cuts mortality risk in half among patients with heart failure.
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Beta-Blockers May Prevent Heart Damage from Chemotherapy

Taking heart medication during chemotherapy can help minimize heart damage in breast cancer patients.

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Hospital Performance Closely Linked to Heart Failure Survival

Where you’re treated for heart failure matters, based on analysis of survival rates across hundreds of U.S. hospitals.

Breast Cancer Therapies Increase Heart Risks, Experts Warn

A statement from the American Heart Association highlights a close link between breast cancer and heart disease.

Study Explores Key Factors that Affect Heart Failure Risk

Study shows that sex, race and history of heart attack have an impact on heart failure risk.

Safety Precautions for Heart Patients Traveling to High Altitudes

Experts offer advice on activity levels and taking medications.

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.