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Heart failure (HF) is a condition in which a problem with the structure or function of the heart impairs its ability to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body's needs. It should not be confused with cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction.
Common drug could become the future standard of care for HE patients

Common drug could become the future standard of care for HE patients

A common drug used to clean a person's bowels before a colonoscopy could become the future standard of care for patients with acute hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a mental disorientation problem that affects up to one in two cirrhosis patients. [More]
New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, say experts

New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, say experts

Last week, the federal government revealed that it will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. [More]
VCOR project aims to improve coronary angioplasty services in Victoria

VCOR project aims to improve coronary angioplasty services in Victoria

Victorian Hospitals will be better equipped to measure the quality of care for their cardiac patients, under a new project that collects and compares data on coronary angioplasty practice. [More]
Aortic valve replacement is safe to treat severe aortic stenosis in very eldery patients

Aortic valve replacement is safe to treat severe aortic stenosis in very eldery patients

Aortic valve replacement (AVR) can safely be used to treat severe aortic stenosis in patients age 90 years and older and is associated with a low risk of operative stroke and mortality, according to a study in the November 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Golden Jubilee National Hospital holds performance review in public

Golden Jubilee National Hospital holds performance review in public

Today, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital held its Annual Review, demonstrating that they have continued to lead the way in safe, effective and person centred care for the NHS in Scotland. [More]
Study: Certain prostate cancer medications linked to cardiac death risk

Study: Certain prostate cancer medications linked to cardiac death risk

A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs. [More]
Digoxin drug may be adaptable for ALS treatment, study suggests

Digoxin drug may be adaptable for ALS treatment, study suggests

Digoxin, a medication used in the treatment of heart failure, may be adaptable for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, paralyzing disease, suggests new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center named new 'alpha clinic'

UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center named new 'alpha clinic'

In a push to further speed clinical development of emerging stem cell therapies, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego Health System was named today one of three new "alpha clinics" by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state's stem cell agency. [More]
High risk for congenital heart defects in Down syndrome provides tool to identify changes in genes

High risk for congenital heart defects in Down syndrome provides tool to identify changes in genes

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in humans, involving a third copy of all or part of chromosome 21. In addition to intellectual disability, individuals with Down syndrome have a high risk of congenital heart defects. However, not all people with Down syndrome have them – about half have structurally normal hearts. [More]
Study finds that beetroot can improve athletic performance, benefit heart failure patients

Study finds that beetroot can improve athletic performance, benefit heart failure patients

Football teams are claiming it improves their athletic performance, and according to new research from Kansas State University, it also benefits heart failure patients. The special ingredient: beetroot. [More]
Anaesthesia editorial challenges placenta's role in pre-eclampsia

Anaesthesia editorial challenges placenta's role in pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia, the potentially deadly condition that affects pregnant women, may be caused by problems meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, according to an editorial in the November issue of Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. [More]
Rose Medical Center experts perform LARIAT procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Rose Medical Center experts perform LARIAT procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Rose Medical Center is now performing a groundbreaking procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that may reduce their risk for stroke when they cannot take blood thinners due to special circumstances. [More]
PAP therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates in cardiac patients with sleep apnea

PAP therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates in cardiac patients with sleep apnea

A study of hospitalized cardiac patients is the first to show that effective treatment with positive airway pressure therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits in patients with both heart disease and sleep apnea. [More]
Reducing heart failure deaths: an interview with Dimitrios Georgiopoulos, UK Medical Director, Novartis

Reducing heart failure deaths: an interview with Dimitrios Georgiopoulos, UK Medical Director, Novartis

Heart failure is a debilitating, and life-threatening, condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body. When heart failure continues to progress and worsen over time, the persistent condition is known as chronic heart failure. [More]
SynCardia Systems wins 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company

SynCardia Systems wins 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company

SynCardia Systems, Inc., which manufactures the world's only FDA (United States), Health Canada and CE (Europe)-approved Total Artificial Heart, has won the 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company. [More]
High doses of fish oil supplements do not reduce atrial fibrillation

High doses of fish oil supplements do not reduce atrial fibrillation

High doses of fish oil supplements, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, do not reduce atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heartbeat in which the heart can beat as fast as 150 beats a minute. The results of the AFFORD trial led by the Montreal Heart Institute were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on October 7th. [More]
Women prescribed different medication than men to bring down blood pressure

Women prescribed different medication than men to bring down blood pressure

Women who are treated for high blood pressure are not given the same medication as men, nor do they hit the treatment targets as often, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg. [More]
New miniaturized, wireless monitoring system for heart failure patients

New miniaturized, wireless monitoring system for heart failure patients

A new miniaturized, wireless monitoring system, implanted in the pulmonary artery, is helping keep patients with severe heart failure out of the hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital is the first institution in Houston to offer this to heart failure patients. [More]
ASI treats first patient using Peregrine System Infusion Catheter

ASI treats first patient using Peregrine System Infusion Catheter

Ablative Solutions, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI, with offices in Menlo Park, CA, announced today that it has treated the first patient in the Peregrine Study. [More]
C3BS receives authorization to begin CHART-1 European Phase III trial for C-Cure in Switzerland

C3BS receives authorization to begin CHART-1 European Phase III trial for C-Cure in Switzerland

Cardio3 BioSciences, a leader in the discovery and development of regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies, announces today it has received authorization from Swissmedic, the Swiss agency for the authorisation and supervision of therapeutic products, to begin its Congestive Heart failure Cardiopoietic Regenerative Therapy (CHART-1) European Phase III trial for C-Cure in Switzerland. [More]