Mechanical heart pumps, or left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), are lifesaving devices for patients with advanced heart failure, but a new study shows that the HeartMate II has higher risk than originally believed.
The drug serelaxin is on track to become the first treatment breakthrough for acute heart failure in two decades.
Patients who undergo chemotherapy can sometimes experience an unexpected and troubling complication: The cancer treatments actually can cause congestive heart failure. Here’s how doctors can help.
You or a loved one have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, but what exactly does that mean?
When patients have heart failure, their physicians may tell them that they have an ejection fraction of a certain number. The ejection fraction (EF) is a measure of how well the heart squeezes and is one of many tools used to assess heart failure.
“Heart failure” can be a frightening diagnosis for anyone. However, heart failure does not mean that the heart is about to stop; it means that the pumping action of the heart is inadequate to meet the needs of the body.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with heart failure, your cardiologist will do a work-up to determine the cause and severity. This information will help shape your treatment plan.
More than one million people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack each year. For the best chance of survival, you need to respond to symptoms within an hour. Be prepared. Don’t delay. Know the symptoms. And save your life, or the life of someone you love.
A few simple tips and tricks — for the grocery aisle and for your kitchen — can help you reduce your sodium intake.
Do you have heart failure? The ongoing care of a patient-centered medical home can make your life easier.