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Baptist Health Implants State's First Total Artificial Heart
Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it implanted the state’s first Syncardia Total Artificial Heart in a 21-year-old Jonesboro man on April 18. Dr. John Ransom, surgical director of the Baptist Health Heart Transplant Institute, told Arkansas Business that there was no other option for recipient Chadarius Johnson and his recovery has been going well. He’d been waiting since January for a life-saving transplant. Both of his ventricles were removed and replaced with mechanical versions. The doctor also said this procedure is a “last option.” Patients who have the d...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

​Atlanta chosen for global heart failure pilot
The World Economic Forum chose Atlanta for a global heart failure study intended to improve patient outcomes and decrease care costs. Twenty payer, provider, supplier and government associations in Georgia are teaming up on the three-year project, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Grady Health System and Emory Healthcare. On April 25, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met with Atlanta health lead ers at City Hall to kick off the project, which has yet to be clearly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

Enlightenment Awaits at Paris ESC Heart-Failure Sessions Enlightenment Awaits at Paris ESC Heart-Failure Sessions
Planned for the meeting in La Ville Lumi è re: Fresh insights on the TRUE-AHF, RELAX-AHF-2, and PARADIGM-HF trials, ICDs in nonischemic disease, and how empagliflozin may have earned its CV indication.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure (ESC-HF) 2017 European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure (ESC-HF) 2017
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ESC HF 2017theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Researchers to provide chronic heart failure patients easy access to their own data
(Indiana University) A team of researchers is creating new information technology to help older adults with chronic heart failure. For the first time, researchers are capturing and working to empower individuals with their own heart health data. This will enable quick and preventative action to protect those suffering with chronic heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Novant Health Foundation receives grant to tackle diabetes in underserved Triad communities
Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received a $94,800 grant towards a program that works to lower the cases of diabetes in underserved areas. The grant comes as Novant Health recently opened an intensive diabetes management clinic in Winston-Salem that seeks to offer a new approach —one that mirrors management programs for diseases such as asthma or congestive heart failure — to helping patients with the disease. The grant, from Th e Cigna Foundation, will go… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Novant Health Foundation receives grant to tackle diabetes in underserved Triad communities
Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received a $94,800 grant towards a program that works to lower the cases of diabetes in underserved areas. The grant comes as Novant Health recently opened an intensive diabetes management clinic in Winston-Salem that seeks to offer a new approach —one that mirrors management programs for diseases such as asthma or congestive heart failure — to helping patients with the disease. The grant, from Th e Cigna Foundation, will go… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Heart Failure Quiz
Title: Heart Failure QuizCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - April 25, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

American Regent begins enrolment in Phase III trial of Injectafer to treat heart failure
Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo's division, American Regent, has begun patient enrolment in the Phase III HEART-FID clinical trial of Injectafer (ferric carboxymaltose) for the treatment of heart failure with iron deficiency. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - April 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of The Obese
Physical activity helps ward off heart damage in middle age and beyond, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Exercise and Physical Fitness, Heart Failure, Obesity (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies
New research reveals two new ways to identify genes that routinely are missed in studies using a common gene-sequencing method. Many of these missed genes are associated with leukemia, psoriasis, heart failure, and other diseases. As part of their new research, the team of scientists have packaged their new methods into open-source software for other researchers to use.   (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Can LVAD ' Bridge to Recovery ' Be the Norm in Advanced HF? Can LVAD ' Bridge to Recovery ' Be the Norm in Advanced HF?
Two-thirds achieved normal-range functional capacity after continuous-flow pump explantation in a small cohort of patients with advanced heart failure who followed a bridge-to-recovery protocol.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Congestive Heart Failure
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - April 20, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Chagas Disease Presents Public Health Challenge in the U.S.
Without early treatment, Chagas disease can cause heart failure (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pulmonology, Institutional, Source Type: news

Boston Scientific joins $23m Series B for NeuroTronik
Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) has joined in on a $23.1 million Series B round for cardiovascular neuromod company NeuroTronik. The Durham, N.C.-based company said that BSX led the round and was joined by Hatteras Venture Partners, Synergy Life Science Partners, Lord Baltimore Investment Partners, Mountain Group Capital and Sovereign’s Capital. NeuroTronik is developing a novel neuromodulation device designed to treat hospitalized heart failure patients. The device functions by stimulating the cardiac autonomic nerve via a NeuroCatheter, which is temporarily placed in a vein just above the heart. The catheter works in...
Source: Mass Device - April 19, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Boston Scientific NeuroTronik Source Type: news

Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic
Conclusion This study has identified a substance in the mucus secreted by a south Indian frog which can kill certain types of flu virus. Researchers often turn to natural substances with known health-giving properties to find potential new drugs for humans. For example, aspirin was developed based on a compound found in willow bark – which had been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Some other drugs – such as some chemotherapy and anticlotting drugs – have also been developed from chemicals found in plants. By isolating the substances that have an effect the researchers can make sure they are pure a...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Medical practice Source Type: news

LVAD Can Restore Full Cardiac Function in Heart Failure Patients
38 percent of study participants had heart function equivalent to that of a healthy man of the same age (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 19, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Geriatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients
Title: Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/18/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/19/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - April 19, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Heart failure drug could save the sight of patients with once-untreatable eye condition
A DRUG used to treat heart failure is at the centre of a £1 million study to establish whether it can save the sight of patients with a currently untreatable eye condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biotronik launches, touts smallest MRI-safe defib leads on market
Biotronik said today it launched its Plexa ProMRI 7.8 French MR conditional tachycardia lead in the US, touting it as the smallest lead of it’s kind on the market. The company said it won FDA approval for the leads in February 1, indicated for use with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and heart failure devices. “This is another advancement in efforts to further improve the performance and maneuverability of ICD leads. Patients who require ICDs are understandably concerned about reliability, and that underscores the need for durable ICD leads to choose from,” Dr. Theofanie Mela of the Massachusetts...
Source: Mass Device - April 18, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Biotronik Source Type: news

Illness from ' Kissing Bug ' Now Widespread in U.S.
Without early treatment, Chagas disease can cause heart failure Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Chagas Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients
Study found devices, typically used while awaiting a transplant, restored full function in some Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients
TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 -- Implanted pumps may be more than a " bridge " to a heart transplant -- they might also restore healthy heart function for some heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. As the researchers explained, these... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 18, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Ejection Fraction: Misunderstood and Overrated Ejection Fraction: Misunderstood and Overrated
Does the reliance on ejection fraction as a marker of contractility and a means of assessing heart failure need to be revised or even abandoned?Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Fitness a BMI Connection to Heart Failure
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - April 14, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Heart Failure: Osmosis Study Video Heart Failure: Osmosis Study Video
This video covers the basics of heart failure, including the different types and various causes of each. It also covers important clinical signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options.Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Commentary Source Type: news

Favorable Physiological Effect for Ularitide in Acute Heart Failure
Greater reductions in systolic blood pressure, levels of N - terminal pro - brain natriuretic peptide (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 14, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Fitness Likely Explains BMI Connection to Heart Failure Risk Fitness Likely Explains BMI Connection to Heart Failure Risk
If current public health messages aren ' t hitting home, perhaps cardiorespiratory fitness would be a better focus for cardiovascular prevention than body weight per se, propose researchers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the ' silent killer ' is a major public health challenge for the country
A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Worsening heart failure: Goal should be symptom relief?
In patients experiencing a worsening of heart failure, the primary objective of treatment should be the patient-centric goal of symptom relief, says the author of an editorial in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the 'silent killer' is a major public health challenge for the country
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UTA Nursing Professor receives $308,000 NIH grant
(University of Texas at Arlington) A cardiovascular exercise scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has received a $308,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study exercise intolerance in older heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CardioBrief: Ularitide Still a Bust After TRUE-AHF Peer Review
(MedPage Today) -- As reported at AHA, novel vasodilator failed to improve outcomes in heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - April 13, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

CardioBrief: Ularitide Still a Bust Over Time After TRUE-AHF Peer Review
(MedPage Today) -- As reported at AHA, novel vasodilator failed to improve long-term outcomes in heart failure (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - April 12, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure
Some patients with advanced heart failure not on the transplantation wait list might benefit from an LVAD, but robust evidence is lacking on the optimal management of patients in this ' grey zone. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 12, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

New pump LVAD 'leads to full recovery from heart failure'
Two fifths of a group of trial participants fitted with one of the battery-operated devices at the University of Newcastle ended up showing no sign of heart disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Even Young Adults With HIV at Risk of HF, Low- or Preserved-EF Even Young Adults With HIV at Risk of HF, Low- or Preserved-EF
HIV-infected adults, young and old, were at increased risk of heart failure, both the low- and preserved-ejection-fraction types, in a cohort study with possible insights into immunity and HF in general.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Digoxin: Clues to a Threshold for This Last-Resort Drug Digoxin: Clues to a Threshold for This Last-Resort Drug
Dr De Ferrari provides details on a substudy of the ARISTOTLE trial that examined digoxin blood levels and mortality in patients with and without heart failure.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Afib, Heart Failure, and Exercise
Is exercise safe in HF patients who have AF? Results of the HF-ACTION study are summarized in this short slide show. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - April 10, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Cardiovascular Diseases Cerebrovascular Diseases Source Type: news

Apr 7 Cardiology News Apr 7 Cardiology News
Cost effects of risk-factor management in AF, apixaban costs vs warfarin, bioresorbable-scaffold woes, exercise as heart-failure therapy, and surgical left atrial appendage closure are discussed.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 7, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Patients with larger body size face three-fold greater risk of AF
Women who are taller and heavier than their peers have an almost three-fold greater risk of developing AF, putting them at increased likelihood of stroke and heart failure, research has shown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

Gothenburg finds being tall can increase risk of stroke
Tall women are more likely to have a stroke or heart failure, according to scientists from the University of Gothenburg. Their larger heart chambers can disrupt the organ's rhythm, causing disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Impacts BMI - Related Heart Failure Risk
Association between higher BMI and greater risk of heart failure attenuated after adjustment for CRF (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 7, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Experimental Muscle-cell ' Patches ' May Hold Promise for Heart Failure Experimental Muscle-cell ' Patches ' May Hold Promise for Heart Failure
Patching the heart with sheets of patients ' own cells might improve symptoms in some cases of severe heart failure, a phase 1 study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 6, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

HIV Infection, Heart Failure Go Together (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Veterans study found greater risk linked to disease severity (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can Stem Cell 'Patch' Help Heart Failure?
Title: Can Stem Cell 'Patch' Help Heart Failure?Category: Health NewsCreated: 4/5/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - April 6, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Can Stem Cell 'Patch' Help Heart Failure?
Small improvement seen over one year in early study (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental muscle-cell 'patches' may hold promise for failing hearts
(Reuters Health) - - Patching the heart with sheets of patients' own cells might improve symptoms in some cases of severe heart failure, an early study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Can Stem Cell ' Patch ' Help Heart Failure?
Small improvement seen over one year in early study Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Stem Cells (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ISHLT 2017: Medtronic HVAD trial misses primary endpoint, reports lowered stroke rates
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that results from the Endurance supplemental trial of its HVAD heart pump system did not meet its primary endpoint, but did report  lowered stroke rates compared to standard treatment. The trial aimed to evaluate the use of the HVAD system, which it picked up along with HeartWare last year, as a destination therapy for patients who require a left ventricular assist device and received improved blood pressure management, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. Data from the study was presented at the 2017 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Scientific Meeting in San Dieg...
Source: Mass Device - April 5, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials HeartWare International Inc. Medtronic Source Type: news