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Low health literacy linked to heart failure deaths after hospitalization

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have difficulty understanding health information are more likely to die following hospitalization for acute heart failure, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The findings suggest that it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of their patients’ […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Low health literacy linked to heart failure deaths after hospitalization

LVADs may lead to declines in health, cognitive thinking in some heart failure patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Left ventricular assist devices are life-prolonging devices for many patients with advanced heart failure but they also may leave some patients in poor health or with declines in brain function, according to two studies that were published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular […]

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Friends and social networks valued by heart failure patients and healthcare providers

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients consult family members for advice about their heart failure symptoms; while health care providers engage in social networks to improve communication and heart failure care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.
The research was […]

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Depression raises risk of poor outcomes for blacks with heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Among black heart failure patients, moderate depression may increase the risk of being hospitalized or dying, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Comparing outcomes of 747 blacks to 1,420 whites with heart failure using a patient-reported scale of depressive symptoms, researchers […]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The more fried food consumed, the bigger the heart failure risk

 A large study of men suggests fried food consumption is associated with a higher risk of heart failure, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting. Studies have shown eating fried foods can lead to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Heart failure patients struggling with daily tasks more often hospitalized; die early

A new study finds that heart failure patients who struggle with day-to-day tasks may be at risk for hospitalization and even early death.

The risk is higher for older women, unmarried people and those with chronic conditions that affect mobility and ability, including obesity, dementia, anemia and diabetes, said researchers […]

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