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A six-week period following delivery poses the greatest threat to a new mom’s heart health, according to a study published this month in Circulation—it’s during these 42 days postpartum that a woman appears most susceptible to heart failure.

Individuals with higher levels of cardiac troponin in their blood are at greater risk for developing heart failure for the first time, according to a meta-analysis published in JACC: Heart Failure.

The prevalence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) has declined over the last 30 years, and heart failure patients are increasingly demonstrating preserved ejection fraction versus reduced ejection fraction, according to a study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Previously sedentary, middle-aged adults who devote themselves to regular aerobic exercise for two years can increase their maximal oxygen uptake and decrease cardiac stiffness, according to new research published in Circulation.

Women who undergo hysterectomies—especially those under 35 years old—are nearly five times more likely to develop congestive heart failure and are at increased risk for a slew of other coronary complications, according to a study of more than 2,000 Minnesota women.

 

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GE, Intel to invest $250M in healthcare remote monitoring technologies
GE and Intel have formed an alliance to market and develop home-based health technologies to remotely monitor seniors and patients with chronic conditions, according to an announcement made at a joint press conference in New York City today, hosted by Intel's CEO and President Paul Otellini and GE's CEO and Board Chairman Jeffrey Immelt.
Drug produces cascade of positive outcomes in acute heart failure ORLANDO, Fla.In acute heart failure patients, the use of relaxin, a naturally occurring hormone, was found to improve the hospital course of patients, prevent heart failure from worsening during hospitalization and shortened hospital stay, according to research presented Sunday during a late-breaking clinical trials session at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 58th Annual Scientific Session.
FEATURE: Heart failure readmissions are no higher in safety-net hospitals ORLANDO, Fla.Urban safety-net and non-safety-net hospitals have clinically comparable risk-standardized rates of heart failure (HF) readmission, according to a poster study presented Sunday at the 58th annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific sessions.
ACCF/AHA release consensus document on pulmonary hypertension ORLANDO, Fla.The American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) has published recommendations online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation to help guide and inform practitioners on pulmonary hypertension. The report was released in conjunction with the 58th annual ACC scientific sessions this week in Orlando, Fla.
AJC: Common heart meds no benefit to older patients with diastolic heart failure People over 80 years of age suffering from a certain type of heart failure do not appear to benefit from most commonly prescribed heart medications, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.
New subspecialty to focus on advanced heart failure, transplantation The new medical subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology could provide technically advanced yet cost-effective care for patients with heart failure, according to a perspective article in the March issue of the Journal of Cardiac Failure.
Heart Failure Care Gets Boost from Technology

Analysts forecast an increase in the number of heart failure patients, going from 6 million in 2007 to more than 30 million in 2037. This rapidly expanding patient population will challenge cardiologists, allied health personnel and equipment and device manufacturers to keep pace with ever-changing ways to improve care and survival rates.

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