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
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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
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.
Researchers develop risk calculator to predict survival in heart failure patients
A UCLA team has developed an easy-to-use “risk calculator” that helps predict heart failure patients’ chances of survival for up to five years and assists doctors in determining whether more or less aggressive treatment is appropriate. Given that heart failure
Q. I keep seeing advertisements for a supplement called Prevagen, which is supposed to boost memory. Is it worth it for me to buy some?
A. The manufacturer of Prevagen claims that the product enhances memory by replacing proteins that are lost as we age with a protein called apoaequorin, which
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
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