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Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have been proven effective in reducing mortality in patients with severe systolic heart failure. A recent study used two models—one for heart failure and another for proportional risk—to identify patients less likely to benefit from ICDs.

In a new study led by researchers at Geisinger Obesity Institute in Danville, Pennsylvania, investigators were surprised when they saw overwhelming evidence that weight-loss surgery decreased long-term risks of heart failure by more than half in obese patients.

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has shown that the aggressive lowering of blood pressure in people with hypertension can reduce their chances of developing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). 

New research from Massachusetts General Hospital shows that long-term anabolic steroid use could harm the heart and eventually cause coronary artery disease.

New research presented at the American Thoracic Society conference in San Francisco has provided evidence that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or have a history or risk for cardiovascular disease more often suffer from heart attack and stroke.