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What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

You may have heard the phrase “congestive heart failure” used interchangeably with “heart failure.” That’s because the symptoms of heart failure usually involve congestion throughout the body. Less blood being constantly circulated means less excess fluid being filtered by the kidneys into urine. That additional fluid is known as congestion,

4. Hydration

Why You Need Water
Without water, you can live only a few days. No other nutrient is as essential to the body. Between 45 and 75 percent of a person’s body weight is water. Water plays critical roles in your body, such as transporting nutrients, lubricating joints and body tissues, facilitating

Demystifying Meniere’s Disease

Causes of Meniere’s disease, first recognized in 1861as a disease of the inner ear rather than the brain, have eluded researchers for decades. The affliction can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo, and pressure within the inner ear, but until recently, specific causes remained unclear. Now, researchers have learned that Meniere’s

Dandelions: Nature’s Mild Diuretic

You may consider dandelions a pesky weed, but this green vegetable is edible, delicious, and nutritious. Rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium and zinc, dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) was used by Native Americans as a folk remedy for upset stomach, and liver, kidney and skin diseases. Today, dandelion roots

The Many Faces of Dementia

Dementia—changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily activities—is among the most feared of health problems associated with aging. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, affecting up to 5 million Americans. However, as many as 50 percent of cases of dementia are associated with

Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure

Most heart failure patients need six to seven different prescription medications to remove excess fluid from their body, help their heart squeeze more forcefully, prevent it from overexerting itself, and keep their blood pressure under control. But that’s not all.
About 40 percent of patients with heart failure take medications for

Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week, in November 2015, suggests that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the U.S. has stabilized over the past decade. The data correspond with updated U.S. Renal Data System statistics showing that the incidence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

More Effective Heart-Failure Drug in the Works

Cardiologists are closely watching clinical trials of the first new drug in years to treat heart failure.

The drug—known only as LCZ696—is the first in a brand-new class of medications called angiotensin-receptor blockers/neprilysin inhibitors (ARNIs). These drugs use a unique mode of action to relax blood vessels and eliminate excess fluid

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