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High sensitivity troponin T as a marker for diuretic response in acute decompensated heart failure

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The Power of Negative Thoughts

A few years ago a woman we'll call Mrs. S. went to the hospital for some routine tests. Mrs. S. had a heart valve condition called tricuspid stenosis. She also suffered from a milder form of congestive heart failure. Neither condition was considered life-threatening. Show More Summary

Entresto, Blockbuster, or Just Over Hyped? - Whatever, It Will Cost $4500 a Year

The newest drug for congestive heart failure, Entresto, a fixed combination of valsartan and sacubitril, has just hit the market at an elevated price. Like other drugs recently introduced as blockbusters, the high price does not seem clearly justified by clinical evidence about the drug's benefits and harms. Show More Summary

Use of left-ventricular assist devices on heart failure patients: Findings, treatment criteria released

Researchers are announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM).

Mayo Clinic releases findings and treatment criteria for use of left-ventricular assist devices on heart failure patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in treating patients with a form of cardiomyopathy called restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). The Mayo Clinic study, which is the largest study of its kind to date, demonstrates that LVAD devices are a viable and accessible option for treating […]

Exercise to improve cognitive function

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } This review focuses on the cognitive impairment associated with heart failure. Neurophysiologic mechanisms are discussed.

When the Body Fails, Tech Takes Over

By Joni Blecher Think you can't live without a pulse? Not necessarily. Patients with heart failure no longer have to remain in a hospital waiting for a donor heart. A device that once kept patients alive only long enough to receive a...Show More Summary

Don Joyce (1944-2015), Member of Negativland and 34 Year Host of ‘Over the Edge’ Radio Show on KPFA Berkeley

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Sad news, Don Joyce of the experimental music group Negativland passed away on July 22nd in Oakland, CA of heart failure at age 71. Here’s the announcement from the Negativland website. For the last 34 years Joyce was the host of his weekly radio program “Over the Edge” on KPFA Berkeley, that he broadcast live […]

Don Joyce, Negativland Sound Collagist and Radio DJ, Dead at 71

Donald S. Joyce, one of the driving forces behind the experimental music collective Negativland, died Wednesday of heart failure in Oakland, California. He was 71. Joyce began contributing to the ensemble in the early Eighties, while still working as a DJ at the Berkeley, California radio station KPFA, where he hosted...

Negativland's Don Joyce Has Died

Photo via Negativland's Facebook Negativland member Don Joyce has died. He was 71 years old. The cause was heart failure, the band wrote on Facebook , as Billboard points out. He passed away yesterday in Oakland, California.  Joyce became...Show More Summary

R.I.P. Don Joyce

Billboard reports that Don Joyce, a longtime member of the “culture jamming” experimental music pranksters Negativland, died yesterday in Oakland after suffering from heart failure. He was 71. Joyce, born in New Hampshire, had been living in Oakland for many years and working as a DJ on KPFA in Berkeley when he met the rest […]

Leading Heart Failure Physician and Team to Tackle World Heritage Site

TestYourLimits initiative takes on the Nahanni River in Canada's North to raise awareness about heart disease and organ donation.

St. Jude Medical to Buy Thoratec for $3.4 Billion

The transaction would bolster St. Jude Medical’s business to treat heart failures by adding products and technologies, the company said.

Olaf Pooley Dies At 101: Played Villainous Scientist Professor Stahlman In ‘Doctor Who’

Veteran British actor Olaf Pooley died from congestive heart failure. He was 101. Best known for playing Professor Stahlman in the 1970s cult classic “Dr. Who”, Olaf Pooley died in Los Angeles. Pooley also starred in another cult series,...Show More Summary

Are your patients uncomfortable with a scripted physical?

One of the ghosts in every exam room is the institution that pays many private doctors over ten million dollars, the authority that determines that you can order a BNP (brain natriuretic peptide) to look for heart failure in patients with shortness of breath but not when they have leg edema. You know who I’m […]

Olaf Pooley Dead -- 'Dr. Who' Star Dies at 101

Olaf Pooley -- who appeared in the 1970s as Professor Stahlman on the cult TV classic "Dr. Who" -- has died. He was 101. Pooley, who also appeared on an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager," died July 14 of congestive heart failure, according to…

‘Mrs. Happy Homemaker’ Food Blogger Crystal Faulkner: 33-Year-Old Husband’s Cause Of Death Likely Heart Failure

The food blogger known as Mrs. Happy Homemaker has suffered a loss with the death of her 33-year-old husband, as reported by Fox 8. According to the Mrs Happy Homemaker “about me” page, Crystal Faulkner is a writer who hails from North Carolina and blogs a lot about Southern food. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two Heart Failure Trials

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious disorder that may follow a heart attack, high blood pressure or occur without known cause. It may limit the quality and the quantity of life and many efforts have been made to control the symptoms and improve the outcomes. Show More Summary

Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Rare but potentially fatal cardiovascular disorder can strike healthy pregnant women

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare disorder characterized by weakened pumping of the heart, or "left ventricular dysfunction," which results in otherwise healthy pregnant women experiencing heart failure shortly before or up to five months after they deliver healthy babies. Show More Summary

In memory of Helen Holt 1913-2015

So much of what I have always liked about Rush Holt was true - maybe even moreso - of his mother, Helen Holt. She died Sunday in Boca Raton of heart failure. She was 101, almost 102. Back before I worked for him, Rush Holt used to tell a couple of stories about me at DFA events I'd organized. Show More Summary

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