Heart Failure

A diet full of steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs could be putting older women at higher risk for heart failure.

Published research on cardiac arrest, unlike strokes or heart attacks, is lacking—and that needs to change. 

The number of people smoking hookah has nearly doubled, a finding concerning to health professionals since the habit has dangerous repercussions similar to smoking cigarettes, according to a new study.

A systematic review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests transitional care interventions may reduce all-cause readmissions and mortality rates among patients with heart failure.

Anger and hostility can have harmful affects on one’s cardiovascular health, but the color of your skin may determine how severe that impact will be. 

Although heart diseases can affect anyone, a new study shows evidence that a certain string of heart failures occur more often in minorities.

A model-based study found that patients with chronic heart failure who used the CardioMEMS device had reductions in hospitalizations and increases in quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) and costs.

After declining for more than a decade, the age-adjusted rate for heart failure-related deaths increased from 2012 to 2014, according to a recent data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics.

A model developed to predict 30-day readmissions for heart failure found that having patients self-report their socioeconomic, health status and psychosocial characteristics did not improve the researchers’ ability to determine the readmissions risk.

An actuarial analysis found that patients who receive sacubitril/valsartan may have an increased life expectancy and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular causes or hospitalization for heart failure compared with patients who take enalapril.

Although guidelines recommend against the use of pulmonary artery catheters for routine management of heart failure, physicians have significantly increased their use of pulmonary artery catheters in recent years, according to an analysis of heart failure hospitalizations.

Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke—with 665,000 people surviving the episode. The annual cost of stroke in the U.S. tops $33.6 billion (Circulation. 2015 ;e29-322.) and one out of six Americans will have a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is our leading cause of disability.