Health News

Gene Mutation Linked to Heart Failure Discovered
New genome sequencing techniques have helped researchers successfully analyze TTN , the largest gene in the human genome. They've found that mutations in this gene are linked to a common type of heart failure.
Hearts Love Aspirin
When it comes to helping heart failure patients avoid a stroke, common over-the-counter aspirin may be just as effective as a prescription blood thinner.
Heart Failure's Link to Brittle Bones
Have heart failure? That may put you at an added risk of major fractures associated with osteoporosis. Increased screening and treatment appear key to catching bone loss early.
Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind
If you’ve suffered from recent heart failure you may be starting to notice your thoughts are a bit more clouded than they were before, and a new study sheds insight as to what’s going on.
Helping Kids Awaiting Heart Transplant
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have given the green light to a device designed to support weakened hearts in children with heart failure who are awaiting a transplant.
Heart Failure Treatment Lowers Risk of Death
Patients with congestive heart failure can have a tough time finding an effective treatment. A recent study suggests cardiac re-synchronization therapy (CRT) may reduce re-hospitalization and the risk of dying.
Health Literacy Not a Predictor of a Healthy Heart
Some heart patients may be highly educated and understand recommended treatments. However, they do not appear to do any better at managing their own care related to heart failure as compared to less-educated patients.
The Re-admission Dilemma
Certain regions of the U.S. suffer from high hospital readmission rates. Interestingly, that elevated number may have less to do with poor care or more severe illnesses.
Heart Valve Operation Key to Longevity
Heart failure patients that also have an infection of the heart lining called infective endocarditis tend to live shorter lives. Heart valve surgery may significantly reduce the risk of such patients dying.
Everything in Moderation, Even Salt
For years, the health care community has agreed that people at risk of heart disease should lower their salt intake. Now, it seems that too little salt may be just as harmful as too much salt.