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The second person to receive a kidney from a genetically modified pig has died, surgeons at NYU Langone Health announced Tuesday.

The 54-year-old patient, Lisa Pisano, had both kidney failure and heart failure. She received the pig kidney April 12, eight days after she had a mechanical ...

Weight-loss drugs like Wegovy can improve symptoms in heart failure patients, a new clinical trial shows.

Both men and women showed improved heart function after a year on semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, researchers report.


An experimental drug can help patients better live with a genetic condition that causes the heart to enlarge and thicken, a new clinical trial shows.

People with the condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), were able to take in and use significantly more oxygen while exercising after taking the drug aficamten, researchers reported May 15 in the

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  • People with heart failure are often prescribed what are known as loop diuretic medications to help reduce the fluid buildup that's a hallmark of the disease.

    Now, research suggests that taking the blockbuster weight loss drug Wegovy (semaglutide) can help patients reduce their need for diuretics.

    After a year taking Wegovy, "there...

    Yoga can help improve the long-term health of people with heart failure, a new study has found.

    “Patients who practiced yoga on top of taking their medications felt better, were able to do more, and had stronger hearts than those who only took drugs for their heart...

    New Jersey native Lisa Pisano was staring down the end of her days.

    The 54-year-old had heart failure and end-stage kidney disease, but several chronic medical conditions excluded her as a candidate for heart and kidney transplants.

    “All I want is the opportunity to have a bette...

    The dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation is mainly known for increasing people's risk of stroke.

    But people with A-Fib actually have a much higher risk of developing heart failure than suffering a stroke, a new study shows.

    In fac...

    For people struggling with both diabetes and a common type of heart failure, the weight-loss drug Wegovy may do more for their health than help them shed pounds, new research suggests.

    In the study, published Saturday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported that the drug helped people with typ...

    Think vaping is the "healthy" alternative to smoking?

    Think again: A new study finds it raises people's odds for heart failure.

    “More and more studies are linking e-cigarettes to harmful effects and finding that it might not be as safe as previously thought,” said study lead author

    Babies born to mothers who experience profound grief during pregnancy may be vulnerable to heart failure much later in life, new research suggests.

    "If future studies support our findings, the implementation of early screening for risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes in children born to mothers who experienced bereavement, as well as the adoption of preventive measures,...

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    Women might need a lot fewer daily steps to lower their risk of heart failure than they think, a new study suggests.

    The usual recommendation is that people get 10,000 steps a day, but women ages 63 and older actually gain solid heart benefits from around 3,600 steps daily, researchers report Fev. 21 in the journal

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Pulse oximeters, devices that measure your blood's oxygen levels, are known to work less accurately in Black patients.

    Now, new research suggests faulty readings might also be worsening the care of Black people who battle heart failure.

    The findings could signal a needed shift in heart failure care, said senior study author

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Heart disease remains the United States' top cause of death, but progress is being made and more lives are being saved, a new report finds.

    There were 931,578 heart-related deaths in 2021, an increase of less than 3,000 from the year before, the report from the American Heart Association (AHA) showed.

    But overall, death rates from heart disease have declined 60% since the 1950s, AHA...

    Flu and COVID are sweeping across the country, posing a particular hazard to people at risk for heart disease.

    These respiratory infections can trigger heart complications from fever, dehydration and inflammation, experts from Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital say.

    Mount Sinai doctors are seeing an increase in heart problems prompted by respiratory infections, and it's happening acr...

    Depression affects half of the 6 million Americans who struggle with debilitating heart failure.

    Now, research shows that two leading modes of treatment -- antidepressants and an approach called behavioral activation psychotherapy -- work equally well to ease depression among these patients.

    Behavioral activation psychotherapy works by promoting involvement in activities that the pa...

    Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk of developing heart failure later in life, due to the chemotherapy that was used to save their lives.

    But an already approved drug might help reduce that risk, according to a new report published Jan. 9 in The Lancet Oncology journal

    Heart failure is a major killer.

    However, a new study finds that heart failure patients living in poorer neighborhoods are much less likely to pick up lifesaving meds from local pharmacies, compared to patients living in more affluent locales.

    The reasons behind the disparity aren't clear, said senior study author Samrachana ...

    Patients with advanced heart failure can benefit from stem cell therapy, a large, new clinical trial has found.

    Injections of stem cells programmed to heal damaged heart tissue wound up improving overall quality of life for heart failure patients, compared to those who received a placebo treatment.

    “Data from one of the largest cardiovascular cell therapy trials, testing a regener...

    People who regularly smoke medical marijuana may be increasing their risk for a heart attack, heart failure or stroke, new research suggests.

    One study found that cannabis use among older patients increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by 20%. The second study found that using cannabis increased the risk of heart failure by 34%.

    The studies are scheduled for presentation at an...

    Heart failure can make everyday activities and exercise tough to carry out, but yoga might be a beneficial add-on to standard care.

    A new study from India finds this ancient practice improves quality of life and cardio functioning.

    “Our patients observed improvement in systolic blood pressure and heart rate compared to patients who were on medication without yoga,” said lea...

    Weight-loss drug Wegovy (semaglutide) and its diabetes-focused cousin, Ozempic, have already upended the treatment of both obesity and diabetes, with sales of both drugs skyrocketing.

    Now, injected Wegovy could prove a boon for many patients battling heart failure, a new study suggests. The trial results were presented Friday in Amsterdam at the annual meeting of the European Society of C...

    Wearable devices like smartwatches continually track physical activity, urging folks to take more daily steps for their health.

    Now, a new study suggests this gentle technological nagging could be of great benefit to people whose hearts are giving out.

    Heart failure patients who get between 1,000 and 5,000 steps a day have significantly improved symptoms and fewer physical limitatio...

    In areas where Black Americans have been historically affected by discriminatory housing practices, there is higher heart failure risk, according to new research.

    Researchers studying more than 2.3 million U.S. adults between 2014 and 2019 found that heart failure today was linked to "redlining," which began in the 1930s. Heart failure risk for Black people who lived in these redlined ZIP...

    Call it a hand signal of sorts.

    New research from Germany shows that the common nerve disorder carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), may be a harbinger for heart failure among older folks.

    In a study of 164,000 people, those 60 years or older who had the condition, which causes pain, weakness and numbness in the hand and wrist, had nearly a 50% higher risk for heart failure.

    But the a...

    Patients who develop a devastating heart condition have new reason to hope after a study identified three men whose condition spontaneously reversed.

    The condition is called transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis. It involves a buildup of sticky, toxic proteins that can lead to heart failure. About half of patients die from the progressive disease within four years of diagnosis.

    Until no...

    When one of the heart's valves springs a big leak, that can spell big trouble.

    The good news: The condition, known as degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR), is treatable using a minimally invasive intervention known as TEER (transcatheter edge-to-edge repair), a procedure that involves the insertion of a small clip to enable proper valve closure and blood flow.

    The better news? A ...

    It's standard for heart attack survivors to take beta blocker medications for years afterward, but a new study suggests that may be unnecessary for people who've had a milder heart attack.

    Researchers found that among heart attack survivors whose hearts still had normal pumping ability, there was no added benefit from using beta blockers for more than one year. They were no less lik...

    Could an electronic chest “tattoo” -- wireless, lightweight and razor-thin -- upend heart monitoring and lower the odds of heart disease for folks who are at high-risk?

    Just possibly.

    The clear patch in question is not quite 4 by 5 inches in size, weighs less than an ounce, and is powered by a battery no bigger than a penny and just like a temporary tattoo sticker, it's designe...

    Sometimes cancer, and the treatments meant to eradicate it, can damage the heart and blood vessels. Now, a new analysis finds that damage may be much more likely if the patient is Black.

    Black patients had 71% higher odds of developing what is known as cardiotoxicity following chemotherapy when compared to white patients. They also had increased odds of being diagnosed with congest...

    Much has been made of the so-called “obesity paradox” -- the observation that people with a heart condition seem less likely to die if they are overweight or obese.

    But European researchers now say they've debunked that theory, which was based on earlier research that relied on body mass index (BMI, a measure based on weight and height) to judge whether a person carried excess weight....

    A stick-on sensor may help keep people with heart failure out of the hospital, new research suggests.

    Investigators found that when doctors had actionable information about patients' conditions, delivered remotely through this noninvasive device, it prompted them to adjust medications earlier and prevent complications from escalating. Patients with heart failure who used this device were...

    It may seem counterintuitive, but a new study review suggests that consuming too little salt could be harmful to heart failure patients.

    Doctors currently recommend a low-sodium diet to lower blood pressure and avoid fluid buildup and swelling, which can be common symptoms for heart failure. The condition develops when the heart muscle becomes too weak or stiff to effectively pump blood ...

    When heart failure strikes, being a lifelong bachelor may mean you might die sooner than women or previously married men diagnosed with the same condition, a new study suggests.

    Lifetime marital history appears to be an important predictor of survival in men with heart failure, but not women. Specifically, lifelong bachelors had significantly worse long-term survival than men who had bee...

    A phone call from a nurse may be the lifeline needed to help improve survival for heart failure patients.

    New research from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles finds that check-in calls may help save lives.

    “There's a lot of new technology and new ideas about how to manage people who have heart failure remotely, but we demonstrated that low-tech and old-fash...

    Having sepsis -- a life-threatening response to infection -- may put patients at risk for future heart failure and rehospitalization, according to a new study.

    Sepsis is an extreme immune response to an infection in the body. It can cause that infection to spread throughout the body and lead to organ failure and possibly death.

    “We know that infection may be a potential tr...

    Adults who live in rural areas, and Black men in particular, are at much higher risk for developing heart failure.

    Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition that develops when the heart fails to pump enough blood for the body's needs.

    Researchers from the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., anal...

    It doesn't matter which water pill you're prescribed to treat your heart failure, because new trial data shows that one works as well as the other.

    Two diuretics widely used to treat heart failure, furosemide and torsemide, showed no difference in their ability to improve patient survival, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored trial.

    “We're not saying...

    It's tempting to follow the latest trend when it comes to health care, but for patients who live with heart failure, some alternative treatments could have serious consequences.

    To address the issue, the American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new scientific statement covering a wide range of alternative therapies and their impact on heart failure. It also offers guidance for he...

    Both extremely hot and very cold days take their toll on people who have heart disease, particularly those with heart failure.

    A new multinational analysis of 32 million heart-related deaths over the past 40 years found more occurred on days with severe temperatures, an issue that climate change could make even worse.

    Although the greatest number of deaths were due to heart failure,...

    Methamphetamine wreaks havoc on the heart, warns new research that shows heart failure rates linked to the illicit drug are on the rise around the world.

    Not only are these cases increasing, but they are more severe than traditional heart failure cases and they are striking all racial and socioeconomic groups.

    “The increasing prevalence of meth [heart failure] across racial/ethn...

    People battling heart failure should make the time to get their flu shots now, a new study suggests.

    Not only will the shots help prevent influenza in this high-risk group, but it could also reduce pneumonia infections and cardiac complications, researchers report.

    "If you have heart failure, you should get your flu shot because it can save your life -- that is what we found in thi...

    When people with heart failure wind up in the hospital, it tends to become a slippery slope: They are more likely to be readmitted or die within six months during this vulnerable period.

    Now, new research shows that ramping up doses of three heart failure medications within two weeks of hospital discharge along with more frequent follow-up visits cuts the risk of both hospital readmission...

    Patients with heart failure are often prescribed a diuretic or "water pill" to prevent fluid buildup. A new study has found that two often-prescribed medications work equally well at reducing deaths.

    "Given that the two different therapies provide the same effect on outcomes, we shouldn't spend time switching patients from one to the other, and instead concentrate on giving the right dos...

    A person with heart failure in dire need of a new heart may have faced delays in getting one during the pandemic when potential donors tested positive for COVID-19.

    As some centers began accepting these hearts for transplant anyway, data from a new study shows that...

    A person with advanced heart failure may often need a heart transplant or a mechanical heart pump to survive.

    But white patients are twice as likely as Black patients to get this critically important care, a new study finds, and racial bias may be the reason why.

    Climate change could spell trouble for those with heart failure, a new study suggests.

    When the temperatures soared in France during the summer of 2019, the heat wave appears to have worsened the conditions of heart failure patients, researchers report.

    "The finding is timely, given the heat waves again this year," said study a...

    Smoking is even worse for your heart than you might already think, new Danish research warns.

    "It is well known that smoking causes blocked arteries, leading to coronary heart disease and stroke," said researcher Dr. Eva Holt, of Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Copenh...

    People with type 2 diabetes might face a substantially increased risk of heart failure if they take ibuprofen or some other type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), a new Danish study indicates.


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  • August 24, 2022
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  • Heart failure can develop at any age, but it can be prevented or treated, one cardiologist says.

    Heart failure happens when the heart becomes too stiff or weak, no longer able to keep up with the body's demands for pumping blood. The primary cause is heart disease, but the heart muscle...