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Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms to Know

Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms to Know

Though it sounds like a condition in which the heart stops beating altogether, heart failure is actually a problem that develops when the heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the body’s needs. It’s a serious and complicated health challenge. But if you and your physician

How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

How a VAD Can Save Your Heart

A ventricular assist device (VAD) supports the heart in pumping blood throughout the body. VADs were pioneered in the 1970s, but they were not widely used until the 1990s as a way to keep patients alive during their wait for a heart transplant (“bridge to transplant”). They are still used

Heart Failure Stages and How to Treat Them

Heart Failure Stages and How to Treat Them

Two complementary systems are used to classify heart failure stages.
The New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification divides patients into groups according to impairment in ability to carry out physical activity. It is a subjective assessment made by the physician, and it represents a patient’s condition at the time of evaluation.

Earlier Implantation of Pumps May Help Heart Failure Patients

When heart failure advances to the point that an artificial pump is needed to assist the heart with its job of providing oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, doctors have a proven therapy to help patients live longer and better. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) used to

Certain Types of Heart Failure More Common in Women

A variety of diseases and events—heart attack, hypertension, diabetes and heart infections among them—can cause injury to the heart muscle, rendering it unable to work properly. This is called heart failure.
Heart failure is very common—more than 5 million adults in the United States have it. Yet many people are

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