Heart Failure

A clinical risk score helped predict the risk of ischemic stroke, thromboembolism and death in patients with heart failure, according to an analysis of three nationwide registries in Denmark. However, the researchers noted the predictive accuracy was modest.

Only 10 percent of patients with heart failure were referred to cardiac rehabilitation after hospital discharge between 2005 and 2014, according to a database analysis. Although the referral rates were higher in recent years, the researchers noted that they expected more people to be told to attend cardiac rehabilitation sessions.

After a mean follow-up of 13 years, Swedish men who had moderate levels of physical activity had a lower risk of heart failure compared with those who had high or low activity levels, according to a population-based cohort study.

The FDA warned of serious adverse events associated with certain left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), which are implanted in patients with advanced heart failure.

Since former Vice President Dick Cheney had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in 2012, general interest in the devices have increased and social media sites have included more information on them.

The recipient of a total artificial heart implanted in August is home and “living a completely normal life now,” according to the French surgeon who invented the device. The patient exercises by “pedaling like crazy” on a stationary bike.

Patients awaiting heart transplants can continue on ventricular assist devices for longer periods now, thanks to smaller profile devices with improved functionality, the Boston Globe reports.

A patient who is on a heart transplant waiting list became the first participant with a total artificial heart to complete the 4.2-mile course at the annual Pat’s Run event in Tucson, Ariz. AZ Central Channel i2 News reported on the accomplishment.