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Acute heart failure patients bounce back to ERs for complex reasons

A tool designed to assess what interferes with acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves after hospital discharge holds promise for improving patient outcomes and reducing re-admissions to the hospital. The patient survey shed light on the non-medical issues that limit patients' ability to care for themselves.

Care Pathways and Their Kin

3 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

Transitions of Care in Heart Failure, Circulation Heart Failure, January 2015 Living in Washington DC Brochure (Getting 50% of Liquor - Courtesy (Choosing a Medical Specialty - Courtesy Surgical Sciences blog) -Wes

Tennis Player Violetta Degtiareva Dies of Heart Failure at Age 23

Russian tennis player Violetta Degtiareva, who drew comparisons to Anna Kournikova, reportedly died of heart failure during a training session last week. She was 23. Chris Perez of the New York Post reports few details have been made...Show More Summary

Violetta Degtiareva Dies: Russian Tennis Star Was 23

Russian tennis star Violetta Degtiareva has died at the age of 23. The International Tennis Federation player succumbed to heart failure during a training session on January 12, according to multiple news reports. The news went public...Show More Summary

Long-Term Use of Ventricular Assist Devices Induces Heart Muscle Regeneration, Study Finds

Prolonged use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) by patients with heart failure may induce regeneration of heart muscle by preventing oxidative damage to a cell-regulator mechanism, UTSW study finds.

Well: A Drink a Day to Lower Heart Failure Risk

5 days agoHealth : NYT: Health

A daily cocktail may be associated with a lower risk for heart failure.

Russian tennis player Violetta Degtiareva dies at 23

Friends and colleagues of a stunning 23-year-old tennis player have expressed shock at the news she had dropped dead from heart failure.

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to reduced risk of heart failure

Evidence already exists for the beneficial effects of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol on the risk of developing a number of heart conditions; however, the role it plays in the risk of developing heart failure has been under-researched with conflicting results.

Which interventions are most effective in reducing heart failure admissions and mortality?

From a recent systematic review: Data Synthesis: Forty-seven trials were included. Most enrolled adults with moderate to severe HF and a mean age of 70 years. Few trials reported 30-day readmission rates. At 30 days, a high-intensity...Show More Summary

Man dies of heart failure after gaming for 3 days straight

A Taiwanese man died from heart failure after playing video games non-stop at an internet cafe for three days.

An Attempt to Compensate for Deficiencies in Stem Cells Derived from Heart Failure Patients

last weekHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

One of the ongoing themes in stem cell research is that cells and environments in old people do not function correctly, this interferes with most potential treatments in numerous ways, and thus scientists are in search of fixes and workarounds. Show More Summary

Heart failure with recovered ejection fraction (HF-REF)

This is a recently emerging entity. We need to learn more about the long term prognosis. In this study a substantial number of patients dropped their EFs again over time. Close long term follow up of these patients is important.

When used effectively, discharge summaries reduce hospital readmissions

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two studies.

Up to 8 Percent of Indians and Other South Asians Carry Gene Mutation That Causes Heart Failure

Up to 8 percent of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries carry a mutated gene that causes heart failure and potentially fatal heart attacks. A new study demonstrates how this gene mutation impairs the heart's ability to pump blood.

Freedom Driver allows man with artificial heart to await transplant at home

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Heart failure patients awaiting organ transplants normally find themselves anchored to the hospital bed by a washing machine-sized device that keeps blood pumping through their veins. But for Stan Larkin, a patient at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a new form of wearable technology is allowing him to keep on the move. Show More Summary

Newswire: R.I.P. indie film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

As confirmed by The New York Times, influential independent film producer Saumel Goldwyn died on Friday of congestive heart failure. He was 88. Though he was the son of legendary film mogul Samuel Goldwyn—co-founder of Goldwyn Pictures, which eventually became the “Goldwyn” of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—Samuel Jr. Show More Summary

Manny Law Tribute

I did not know Manny Law but many of my friends did. It is sad to know that we lost such a ripper and a big part of the Washington DC skate scene when he passed away on January 5th from congenital heart failure. Smalls, of Stop Fakin' fame, put together a 13 minute tribute to Manny. RIP Manny Law.

On the diagnosis of heart failure

The diagnosis of heart failure is of consequence to hospitalists. It can easily be confused with other conditions that cause dyspnea, weakness, edema and lung opacities. The regulatory environment drives a rush toward a specific diagnostic label. Show More Summary

Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Passes Away At 88

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., a famed producer, has passed away at the age of 88. According to US Weekly, producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. passed away on Friday, January 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center due to congestive heart failure. Goldwyn Jr. was a part of one of show businesses most famous families. Show More Summary

Film Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88

Film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died Friday of congestive heart failure,TheWrap reports. He was 88. Goldwyn Jr. was the son of actress Frances Howard and movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, one of the founders of Paramount Pictures. Goldwyn Jr. Show More Summary

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