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Medical News Today: Beetroot juice benefits patients with heart failure

A new study that takes the experience of elite athletes who have a diet high in nitrates shows there are benefits for people with heart failure, too.
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Purpose: Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively related to heart failure (HF) prognosis, but lack of time and low energy are barriers for adherence to exercise. We, therefore, compared the effect of low-volume time-based resistance exercise training (TRE) with aerobic moderate-intensity cycling (AMC) on maximal and submaximal exercise capacity, health-related quality of life, and vascular function. Methods: Twenty-eight HF patients (New York Heart Association class I-II) performed AMC (n = 14) or TRE (n = 14). Maximal and submaximal exercise capacity, health-related quality of life, and vascular function were evaluat...
Source: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Heart Failure Source Type: research
Conclusion: Low volume of PA postdischarge, especially at 1.5 to 2.9 METs, predicts 6-mo postdischarge HF rehospitalization in older HF patients.
Source: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research
To follow on from yesterday's set of exercise related research, here is an interesting note on what exercise does to the basis for heart tissue maintenance. The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in mammals, not capable of repairing itself to any significant degree following injury. Nonetheless, within those limited bounds, exercise makes a sizable difference. This is supported by the evidence showing that heart disease patients have a better prognosis when they maintain a program of exercise, even to the lesser degree that they are capable of sustaining. In a new study performed in mice, researchers un...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) constitutes a leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, affecting>10% of the adult population [1]. As a complex respiratory disorder, its course is frequently complicated by its systemic manifestations. Among these, coronary artery disease, heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases show major affliction [2,3]. Exacerbations of COPD sustainably influence the disease's natural history. Apart from accelerating the rate of lung function decline, periexacerbational inflammation is not restricted to the airways, but constitutes a systemic inflammatory process that ...
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Reduced physical activities have a negative impact on the activities required for daily life in patients with heart failure (HF), further reducing their independence and quality of life (QoL) [1]. By modifying health behaviors, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) can effectively improve physical and mental well-being, recover society function, and further minimize disease progression in HF patients [1]. In addition, CR can also reduce the harmful effects of cardiac events to prevent recurrent hospitalization of HF patients, and ultimately reduce the cost of health care [1].
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Since the introduction of biventricular pacing over two decades ago multiple studies have demonstrated the benefit of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) [1,2]. Patients with dyssynchronous heart failure usually manifest as left bundle branch block on the surface ECG on optimal medical treatment stand to gain significant benefits in terms of both morbidity and mortality with CRT. Since its initial introduction there have been quantum leaps in the technology to deliver CRT with an evolution from initial unipolar left ventricular leads to the current standard of quadripolar leads and devices capable of altering pacing ti...
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
The incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is increasing both in the Asian populations and Western countries. Several demographic and clinical risk factors were independently associated with NOAF, including ageing, male sex, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, hypertension, coronary artery disease, renal dysfunction and heart failure. However, some differences in the incidence of NOAF, the prevalence of some risk factors and lifestyle or environmental conditions may exist between Asian and Western countries.
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
Heart failure (HF) is the leading cause of inpatient admissions in the US for adults aged over 65  years and accounts for more than $17 billion in Medicare expenditures annually. There are limited published data on factors influencing expenditure and the relationship between cost and hospital length of stay. We sought to describe institutional costs of HF hospitalization, as well as demographi c and clinical predictors of higher hospitalization costs in an academic hospital setting.
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was proposed around 20  years ago, and its clinical use rapidly moved from pioneering experiences to randomized controlled trials (RCT). Since 2002 recommendations for CRT have been included in international consensus guidelines that even in an early phase recommended CRT as an effective treatment for improving symptoms , reducing hospitalizations and mortality in well-selected patients with wide QRS, left ventricular dysfunction and moderate to severe heart failure (NYHA classes III–IV), on optimal medical therapy.
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Early identification and prompt treatment of subclinical cardiotoxicity may improve cardiologic prognosis of these patients and may allow oncologists to avoid withdrawal of chemotherapy. That is why it becomes always more important the creation of multidisciplinary teams where cardiologists and oncologists work together to ensure optimal care to oncologic patients treated with cardiotoxic agents. PMID: 29687878 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
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