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Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include these, among others:
Heart attack
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes
There are two

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes.
One of the common characteristics of

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Doctors believed many decades ago that vitamin D was good only for healthy bones and teeth, but research has since proven otherwise. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms now have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University

Echocardiography Plays a Key Role in Diagnosing Heart Disease

If you’ve ever experienced unexplained chest pains, a heart attack, or a heart murmur, chances are you underwent echocardiography, a commonly performed imaging test sometimes referred to as just an “echo.”
The number of echoes performed each year in the U.S. and around the world has been steadily rising, leading to a

Anticholinergic Drugs May Cause Serious Side Effects

Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many

Newsbriefs: Blood Clots; Heart Attack Prevention; Hypoglycemia

Factor Xa Inhibitor Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots Better than Aspirin.
Patients who have suffered a blood clot in the legs (venous thromboembolism, or VTE) are generally prescribed aspirin to prevent a recurrent episode. Research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 Scientific Sessions suggests that the novel factor Xa (“10a”)

Two-Way Connection Between Heart Attack and AFib Found

Previously, it had been established that having a heart attack raises the risk of having atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that produces an irregular and/or fast heartbeat. Now, researchers have determined that the connection appears to work both ways, and that having AFib is associated with an increased risk of

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