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Heart Failure

Tall? That May Be Good News for Your Heart

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By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tall men are less likely than shorter ones to develop heart failure, suggests a new study of U.S. doctors.

The finding doesn't prove that a few extra inches protect the heart, and it's possible that tall and short people are different in other ways -- including in their diets or diseases growing up -- that could affect heart risks.

Still, researchers said it's also possible that something about the biology of taller people -- such as the distance...

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tall men are less likely than shorter ones to develop heart failure, suggests a new study of U.S. doctors.

The finding doesn't prove that a few extra inches protect the heart, and it's possible...

Brain natriutetic peptide test

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Brain natriutetic peptide (BNP) test is a blood test that measures levels of a protein made by your heart and blood vessels. This protein is called BNP. BNP levels are higher than normal when you have heart failure.How the Test is Performed

A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see: Venipuncture

This test is usually done in the emergency room or hospital. Results take up to 15 minutes. In some hospitals, a finger prick test with rapid results is available.How the...

Heart Failure, Diabetes Might Be Linked by Protein

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THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers may have pinpointed how heart disease can lead to diabetes, a finding that could lead to new preventive treatments.

The team at Chiba University in Japan found that the stress of heart failure activates a protein called p53, resulting in inflammation in fat tissue, systemic insulin resistance and worsening heart function.

This domino effect is outlined in a study in the January issue of the journal Cell Metabolism.

"Our findings clarify the...

Secondhand Smoke Tied to Bad Heart Failure Outcomes

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By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If you have chronic heart failure, being around a smoker may be bad for your physical and mental well-being, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of 205 non-smokers with heart failure, those who regularly breathed in secondhand smoke reported more problems in their day-to-day functioning -- physical and emotional.

The findings, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, do not prove that other people's smoke was to blame.

But they add...

Heart Patients Prefer Longevity Over Quality of Life

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By Linda Thrasybule

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When an elderly person's chronic disease is impossible to cure, many doctors might assume that patient would chose to improve the quality of his or her remaining life rather than to extend it as is. Those doctors would be mistaken most of the time, according to a new study.

Swiss researchers who surveyed more than 500 elderly heart failure patients found three quarters wouldn't trade a longer life with symptoms for a shorter life without them...