Chronic Heart Failure

Accepting Your Chronic Heart Failure is Key to Quality of Life

Tags: acceptance, chronic conditions, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, nursing, quality of life

Study shows chronic heart failure patients who have come to terms with their disease are more likely to have a better quality of life when compared with patients who have not accepted their illness.


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Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition

Tags: cleveland clinic, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure

The Cleveland Clinic received a nod from the American Heart Association for success in using the Get With the Guidelines treatment interventions.


Genes and heart disease

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Tags: abnormal genes, aortic stenosis, genetics, HCM, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart health, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, marfan syndrome, research, statins, sudden cardiac death

Researchers continue to uncover ways genes influence or cause heart disease. But how best to use this information is not always clear.


Beef Up Your Heart

Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Tags: cardiac resynchronization therapy, CRT, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, heart rhythm, heart surgery, pacemaker

When an electrical malfunction causes the heart to lose pumping power, cardiac resynchronization therapy can put the heart’s contractions back on track.


Biggest change for heart medicine in a decade

Biggest Change for Heart Medicine in a Decade?

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, PCSK9 inhibitors, statins

Two breakthroughs may get FDA approval in 2015: PCSK9 inhibitors, which can lower cholesterol without statins, and LCZ696, which may better treat heart failure.


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Does a Drink a Day Help You Prevent Heart Failure?

Tags: alcohol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health

Men who had up to seven alcoholic drinks per week had a 20 percent lower risk of heart failure, compared with those who didn’t drink, reports one study. But many questions remain.


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How Science is Mending Broken Hearts

Tags: Cardiomyopathy, heart failure, heart transplant, innovation, research

Too often, cardiomyopathy goes undetected and untreated for too long. Scientists are working to change that.


Rehab after LVAD Implant

Rehab After LVAD Implant Makes a Life Saver Even Better

Tags: cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, LVAD

Left ventricular assist devices help failing hearts pump better, and cardiac rehab improves both strength and quality of life for new recipients of LVADs.


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5 Things You Should Know About Stress Tests

Tags: diagnostic tests, heart attack, heart failure, stress echo

Taking a stress test isn’t as simple as jumping on the treadmill. Talk with your cardiologist about whether to eat, exercise or take your medications beforehand to ensure you’re prepared.


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Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, pacemaker

Heart disease develops differently in women and men. Women respond better to cardiac resynchronization therapy, but many women aren't treated.