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Contemporary Role for Digoxin in Heart Failure

Physicians who see patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) must deal with these patients’ symptoms of exercise intolerance, fatigue, and congestion that often lead to hospitalization, despite correct application of guideline-recommended life-prolonging therapies. The result is the current cost of $30 billion spent annually for HF hospitalizations alone, and given the […]

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Digoxin and 30-day All-cause Hospital Admission in Older Patients with Chronic Diastolic Heart Failure

New findings from the DIG trial… Abstract Background In the main Digitalis Investigation Group (DIG) trial, digoxin reduced the risk of 30-day all-cause hospitalization in older systolic heart failure patients. However, this effect has not been studied in older diastolic heart failure patients. Methods In the ancillary DIG trial, of the 988 patients with chronic […]

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Antioxidants & Heart Failure

Total Antioxidant Capacity of Diet and Risk of Heart Failure: A Population-based Prospective Cohort of Women In this study, total antioxidant capacity was measured to determine any association between dietary antioxidants and heart failure. Researchers found that a healthful diet that is high in antioxidants may help prevent heart failure. Heart failure has many causes, […]

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BMI & Mortality in Heart Attack Patients

Body Mass Index and Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients The prevalence of obesity in the US has increased substantially in the past few decades. Current estimates place two thirds of adults in the US in the category of overweight or obese as defined by body mass index (BMI). In the general population, obesity is […]

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Mediterranean Diet & Diabetes

Weight and Mortality Following Heart Failure Hospitalization among Diabetic Patients In overweight/obese individuals at increased cardiovascular risk, Mediterranean diets modify most cardiovascular risk factors more efficiently than low-fat diets and show a lasting benefit for 2 years after the beginning of the diet. Abstract  Background Type 2 diabetes is an important risk factor for heart […]

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