heart failure

Medicare Changes Its Policy for Heart Failure Patients

Posted on 04/4/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter deliberating for a decade, Medicare recently announced that it will now cover cardiac rehab for some patients who suffer from stable but chronic heart failure, a costly, debilitating disease that could be improved with supervised exercise and counseling. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s need for oxygen. Patients often suffer shortness of breath and swelling in their feet, ankles, legs and stomach from fluid buildup. Some 650,000 …

Rx for Heart Disease: Take 2 Walks and Call Me in the Morning

Posted on 10/3/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA major new study finds that exercise is as good — or in some cases better — than prescription drugs in protecting against future heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities, is among a very few trials that have directly compared an exercise regimen with medication. Researchers compared their effectiveness for patients with heart disease, heart failure and pre-type 2 diabetes, and recovering from stroke. Get discounts on Health and Wellness products …

When Your Heart Is Weak, The Talk You Need To Have

Posted on 03/7/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor older patients with advanced heart failure, heart devices are not always the best answer. Instead, patients and their doctors need to engage in “shared decision-making” about treatment options and whether pacemakers, pumps, new valves, defibrillators or other invasive procedures may leave patients feeling worse off than they were before, says a new scientific statement published Monday by the American Heart Association and endorsed by other medical groups. Too often, patients don’t realize what they’re getting into, and doctors automatically assume …