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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.

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Medicare to Cover Rehab for Heart Failure

Tags: cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart failure

Cardiac rehab improves quality of life for heart patients and may save lives, but until now, those with heart failure who rely on Medicare were out of luck. Reversing a 2009 denial of benefits, CMS now supports coverage.

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Study: Vigorous Exercise May Help Heart Failure

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Heart failure shouldn't keep you from exercising. In a boundary-expanding study, researchers found that vigorous exercise benefits some patients with heart failure more than low intensity workouts.

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Screen Your Teens for Heart Muscle Disease

Tags: heart attack, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden cardiac death

The headlines cause gasps of disbelief: A star high school or college athlete suddenly collapses and dies after a workout or a game. The culprit in many cases is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Here's why.

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Study: Clot Risks Identified for Heart Pump

Tags: heart, heart failure, innovation, LVAD, study

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.

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No. 7 Innovation: Hope for Acute Heart Failure (Video)

Tags: heart failure, medications, serelaxin, Top 10 Innovations for 2014

The drug serelaxin is on track to become the first treatment breakthrough for acute heart failure in two decades.

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Dealing With Heart Damage from Cancer Treatment (Video)

Tags: cancer, cancer and heart, congestive heart failure, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart videos, video

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.

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What to Expect When Diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy (Video)

Tags: Cardiomyopathy, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart videos, understanding heart failure whiteboards, video, whiteboard sessions

You or a loved one have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, but what exactly does that mean?

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Ejection Fraction and Heart Failure (Video)

Tags: ejection fraction, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart videos, Robert Hobbs MD, understanding heart failure whiteboards, video, whiteboard sessions

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.

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Heart Failure: Knowledge is Power (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart videos, Robert Hobbs MD, understanding heart failure whiteboards, video, whiteboard sessions

“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.