HeartFailureCenter's Sheryl McCormick reviews the latest news relating to heart failure.

Racial Disparities Linked to Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure Patients

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics examined the medical records of more than 1.2 million Medicare beneficiaries ages 68 and older who experienced heart attacks and received treatment at 4,627 hospitals nationwide. The study shows that African American heart attack patients are less likely than whites to receive advanced medical treatment, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For an in-depth explanation and statistics, click on the links below....

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

http://www.earthtimes.org

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Change of Protocol Helps Heart Attack Patients

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Physicians at Indiana Heart Physicians/St. Francis Heart Center in Indianapolis have added two simple steps to their procedures in treating heart patients who need to undergo emergency surgery. The study focused on STEMI (segment elevation myocardial infarction) patients who undergo stent (PCI) replacement. Current American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines recommend a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less for STEMI patients. Treatment within 90 minutes increased from 28 percent to 71 percent during the trail. For the full results, click on the link below...

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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Country Singer Ferlin Husky Undergoes Stent Placement

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Ferlin Husky is recovering in St. Johns Hospital in Springfield Missouri after a number of stents were placed in the arteries in his left leg. The arteries in both legs were "nearly blocked." The 81-year old movie and TV star who recorded such hit songs as “Wings of a Dove,” “Gone” and “Country Music Is Here to Stay,” sold more than 20 million records, mostly in the 1950s and early 1960s. For more information, click on the link below...

http://www.star-telegram.com

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Lack of Sleep Stresses the Heart

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine found that there is a physiological price to be paid for "insufficient time" spent sleeping. The study found that a sleep deficit built up over just five nights can significantly stress the heart. At the annual gathering of SLEEP (Associated Professional Sleep Societies) in Minneapolis, Minnesota findings were presented on the neurological and behavioral effects due to extended sleep loss. These studies confirmed effects like lowered concentration, poor mood, and stress to the heart. For stories on the findings, click on the links below...

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

http://www.heartzine.com

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Kim Jong-Il to Undergo Surgery for Life-Threatening Heart Condition

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

The very elusive dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il, is suffering from cardiomyopathy, according to Britain's MI5 Intelligence agency. Jong-Il is "massively overweight and only able to walk a few steps without becoming alarmingly breathless," reports the London embassy. Cardiomyopathy is a serious heart condition that usually requires open-heart surgery. For more on North Korea's leader and cardiomypathy, click on the links below...

http://clipmarks.com

http://www.americanheart.org

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Mother of Sextuplets Survives Heart Failure

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

Jenny Masche's heart was "stretched to the point where it couldn't pump," said John Elliot of Phoenix Perinatal Associates. Although Jenny was healthy prior to giving birth and she is expected to have a full recovery, during delivery her "body struggled to deal with the high volume of blood that was produced during her pregnancy." Mrs. Masche is only the second woman in Arizona's history to give birth to sextuplets. For further details, click on the link below...

http://www.associatedcontent.com

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Seven Year Heart Failure Study Suggests Longevity For Obese Men

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

A new study published by The American Journal of medicine suggests that obese men suffering from Heart Failure tend to have a longer life expectancy than slimmer or normal-weight men. The "obesity paradox" extends to other heart disease patients as well. While being overweight might mean a better survival rate for men with Heart Failure, "obesity is linked to the development of type 2 diabetes and other illnesses." For further explanation, click on the link below...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com

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Copper May Reverse Enlarged Heart

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

A study recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, indicates that doses of copper can benefit the heart. The trial, conducted on laboratory mice, indicates that high doses of the copper reversed an enlarged heart (cardiac hypertrophy). Beef, has the highest concentration of the element; but lobster, trail mix, and shitake mushrooms are also at the top of the list. For the statistics and related information, click on the links below...

http://foodconsumer.org

www.nal.usda.gov

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Aerobic Exercise Best for Stable Heart Failure Patients

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

New findings, published in a June 2007 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), conclude that aerobic exercise "literally turns an enlarged heart into a trimmer, more efficient organ." The study suggests that "it may be best to focus on aerobics and leave the weight lifting to someone else." The significance of the study is that it "provides guidance in designing an exercise program for patients with heart failure," according to Stanley A. Rubin, M.D., F.A.C.C., chief of inpatient cardiology and a professor of medicine at the Veterans Affairs-UCLA Medical Program in Los Angeles. Dr. Rubin added that patients with heart failure should not begin exercising without first consulting their cardiology team. For the full story and study findings, click on the link below....

http://www.eurekalert.org

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Test Your Beer IQ - Moderate Beer Consumption Has Many Positive Side Effects

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

While beer has been associated with relieving stress after a hectic day, or getting college students through many weekends, it has also been proven to have many healthy side effects. A few of the positive aspects of moderate beer consumption may include: reducing the chance of stroke, helping prevent sleep deprivation, reducing incidence of cataracts, and decreasing breast cancer cells. For the Beer Test, and related articles, clink on the link below....
http://www.ediets.com

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