Heart Failure

Acute Myocarditis Prognosis Linked to Late Gadolinium Enhancement in Cardiac MRI

Acute Myocarditis Prognosis Linked to Late Gadolinium Enhancement in Cardiac MRI

For patients with acute myocarditis with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction and for patients with suspected myocarditis, late gadolinium enhancement on cardiac MRI is associated with worse prognosis.

Type 2 Diabetes Risks in Heart Failure Can Be Stratified by Glycemic Control

Type 2 Diabetes Risks in Heart Failure Can Be Stratified by Glycemic Control

For patients with heart failure, the risks conferred by type 2 diabetes can be stratified by glycemic control and drug treatments

Acute Heart Failure Mortality Predicted by Emergency Department Risk Score

Acute Heart Failure Mortality Predicted by Emergency Department Risk Score

A risk score based on 13 independent risk factors can predict 30-day mortality in patients with acute heart failure admitted to the emergency department.

LV Diastolic Function Improved in Diabetes With Pioglitazone

LV Diastolic Function Improved in Diabetes With Pioglitazone

Pioglitazone improves whole-body and myocardial insulin sensitivity, left ventricular diastolic function, and systolic function in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Lower Afib Risk With AdaptivCRT vs Conventional Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Lower Afib Risk With AdaptivCRT vs Conventional Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

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Patients who received synchronized left ventricular pacing with the AdaptivCRT had a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared with patients who received conventional cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Improve Left Ventricular Function in HFrEF

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Improve Left Ventricular Function in HFrEF

Intravenous infusion of umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells is safe and effective for patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction.

Wireless Pulmonary Artery Sensor Safely Reduces Heart Failure Hospitalizations

Wireless Pulmonary Artery Sensor Safely Reduces Heart Failure Hospitalizations

Postmarketing adverse events related to the CardioMEMS HF System are infrequent, but can be serious.

Sacubitril/Valsartan Increases Physical Activity in Systolic Heart Failure

Sacubitril/Valsartan Increases Physical Activity in Systolic Heart Failure

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Patients with systolic heart failure see physical benefits with sacubitril/valsartan.

Metabolically Healthy Obese Individuals Still at Higher Risk for CV Events

Metabolically Healthy Obese Individuals Still at Higher Risk for CV Events

Metabolically healthy obese individuals have increased risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease than those of normal weight.

Heart Failure Outcomes Not Improved With NT-proBNP Treatment Strategy

Heart Failure Outcomes Not Improved With NT-proBNP Treatment Strategy

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High-risk patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction did not benefit from an amino-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide-guided treatment strategy compared with usual care.

SGLT2 vs DPP4 Medications Associated with Lower Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Type 2 Diabetes

SGLT2 vs DPP4 Medications Associated with Lower Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Type 2 Diabetes

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Patients with type 2 diabetes who received sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors vs dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors had a lower risk for heart failure hospitalizations.

Heart Failure, Arrhythmia Risk Increased With Zoledronic Acid

Heart Failure, Arrhythmia Risk Increased With Zoledronic Acid

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Patients treated with zoledronic acid had a higher risk for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias as well as heart failure vs untreated patients.

Lower Extremity Edema in a Woman With Heart Failure: A Case Study

Lower Extremity Edema in a Woman With Heart Failure: A Case Study

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A middle-aged woman recently diagnosed with diastolic left heart failure now has increasing fatigue and worsening lower extremity edema.

Greater Risk for Heart Failure, Arrhythmia With Androgen-Deprivation Therapy

Greater Risk for Heart Failure, Arrhythmia With Androgen-Deprivation Therapy

Use of androgen-deprivation therapy may increase the risk of certain cardiovascular conditions in men with prostate cancer.

Risk Perception Among Heart Failure Patients vs Doctors

Risk Perception Among Heart Failure Patients vs Doctors

Physicians consider the majority of ambulatory patients with advanced heart failure on medical therapy to be at high risk for transplant, left ventricular assist device placement, and death.

Heart Failure: Fixed-Dose vs Off-Label Combos for Black Patients

Heart Failure: Fixed-Dose vs Off-Label Combos for Black Patients

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Study finds genuine difference between a fixed-dose combination of isosorbide dinitrate plus hydralazine HCl and an off-label combination of the separate generic drugs for the treatment of heart failure in African American patients.

Case Study: Cardiac Manifestations of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Case Study: Cardiac Manifestations of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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A patient presents with new-onset joint pain and is discovered to have a cardiac condition.

Spironolactone Oral Suspension Formulation Approved by FDA

Spironolactone Oral Suspension Formulation Approved by FDA

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The FDA has approved CaroSpir, the first oral liquid formulation of spironolactone for hypertension and heart failure treatment.

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Beta-Blockers Reduce CV Mortality in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

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Most pharmacotherapies appear not to have significant effect on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Gene Editing May Provide New Treatment Option for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Gene Editing May Provide New Treatment Option for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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Researchers have used a gene-editing tool to repair the segment of DNA that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Aspirin May Be Safe to Administer in Heart Failure

Aspirin May Be Safe to Administer in Heart Failure

Patients who took aspirin daily were not at a higher risk for heart failure complications compared with patients who took warfarin.

Higher Sodium Intake Linked to Adverse Cardiac Remodeling

Higher Sodium Intake Linked to Adverse Cardiac Remodeling

An estimated sodium intake of 3.7 g/day or above is associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, circumferential strain, and e' velocity.

Case Study: Substernal Chest Pressure in a Young Man

Case Study: Substernal Chest Pressure in a Young Man

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A young man presents with 1-day onset of acute substernal chest pressure. Can you identify its cause?

Shortness of Breath and Palpitations After a Funeral: Depression or Something Worse?

Shortness of Breath and Palpitations After a Funeral: Depression or Something Worse?

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An elderly woman with comorbidities presents with chest pressure and shortness of breath after a stressful event and personal loss. Can you identify the correct diagnosis?

Left Ventricular Function in Type 1 Diabetes Improves With Exercise

Left Ventricular Function in Type 1 Diabetes Improves With Exercise

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes may benefit from a 20 week exercise training intervention that's associated with improved aerobic capacity and stroke volume.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure, MI Did Not Increase Mortality Rates

Reducing Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure, MI Did Not Increase Mortality Rates

Reducing hospital readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia didn't increase mortality rates, and may even have lowered death rates.

Heart Failure in Type 2 Diabetes: Improving the Risk Model

Heart Failure in Type 2 Diabetes: Improving the Risk Model

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N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide showed the strongest association with heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Heart Failure Risk Increases With Weight Gain

Heart Failure Risk Increases With Weight Gain

Even a little weight gain can increase risk of developing heart failure, but people who lost weight were more likely to have a decrease in the thickness of their heart muscle.

Managing Heart Failure: Improving Quality of Life and Preventing Excerbations

Managing Heart Failure: Improving Quality of Life and Preventing Excerbations

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Heart failure is the number 1 reason for patient re-admittance to acute-care facilities according to the American Heart Association.

Sudden Death Rates in Heart Failure on the Decline

Sudden Death Rates in Heart Failure on the Decline

Sudden death from heart failure rates have declined over the past 2 decades.

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