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A simple blood test can quickly identify what type of congestive heart failure ( CHF ) a patient has, improving diagnostic accuracy; eliminating the need for extensive diagnostic tests, such as heart ...


Investigators at UCLA ( University of California, Los Angeles ) found large gaps and marked variation in U.S. hospitals' heart failure treatment based on adherence to four standard quality measures. T ...


Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that the health of mice carrying a genetic mutation for a disease that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under 30 worsen ...


Middle-age and older people who feel healthy, but who have early signs of atherosclerosis, are more likely to exhibit subtle changes in heart function, detectable through a special MRI technique, whic ...


ICDs, or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, are designed to shock damaged hearts back into rhythm and save patients from sudden cardiac death, which kills 300,000 Americans each year. But a s ...


A long-term study of children with a complex heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ( HCM ) found that the risk of death or need for immediate listing for heart transplantation was greates ...


Before initiating antiarrhythmic drug therapy, treatment of precipitating or reversible causes of atrial fibrillation is recommended. ( Class I; Level of Evidence: C ) The following antiarrhythmic ...


An observational study has attempted to identify appropriate elements that may contribute to clarify the broad clinical features ( diagnosis, care, complication and prognosis ) of Takotsubo-like cardi ...


The Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy ( MADIT-CRT ) showed that early intervention with cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillat ...


In final draft guidance NICE ( National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ) has defined which heart devices ( known as implantable cardiac devices ) are the most clinically and cost effective. ...


LCZ696 has shown to be superior to Ace inhibitor Enalapril ( Enapren ) on key endpoints in the largest heart failure study ever done. In PARADIGM-HF patients with heart failure with reduced ejection f ...


Flecainide ( Almarytm, Tambocor ) is frequently used for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in children. Due to concerns regarding increased mortality, there has been hesitancy to use Flecainide in chil ...


Sudden cardiac death ( SCD ) is a leading cause of mortality in patients with cardiomyopathy. Although angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors ( ACEi ) and angiotensin receptor blockers ( ARBs; sarta ...


The BENEFIT trial has shown that a 40 to 80 day treatment with the antiparasitic medication Benznidazole ( Rochagan, Radanil ) significantly has reduced parasite activity, but not progression of seri ...


The purpose of the study was to describe the associated baseline features of atrial fibrillation patients with heart failure ( HF ) with reduced and preserved ejection fraction ( HFrEF and HFpEF ). ...