Long-Awaited Questions Answered on Loop IV Diuretics Use
The first trial to scrutinize diuretics used routinely in hospitalized heart failure patients shows current administration practices are equally effective, and higher doses yield better results with minimal risk to renal function, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers who presented the data today at the American College of Cardiology meeting.
Mar. 16, 2010
New Methods Needed to ID Cardiac Catheterization Candidates
It's time to rethink how patients are selected for cardiac catheterization, say doctors at Duke University Medical Center, after reporting in a new study that the invasive procedure found no significant coronary artery disease in nearly 60 percent of chest pain patients with no prior heart disease.
Mar. 10, 2010
Low-Carb Diet Effective at Lowering Blood Pressure
In a head-to-head comparison, two popular weight loss methods proved equally effective at helping participants lose significant amounts of weight. But, in a surprising twist, a low-carbohydrate diet proved better at lowering blood pressure than the weight-loss drug orlistat.
Jan. 25, 2010
A DASH of Exercise and Weight Loss Improves Blood Pressure
Adding exercise and weight loss to the nationally recommended DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) reduced blood pressure equal to rates expected with use of medication alone, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
Jan. 25, 2010
New Heart Pump Extends Life of Heart Failure Patients
In one of the largest studies conducted to date, a new heart pump, or left ventricular assist device (LVAD), demonstrated a four-fold increase in the survival of advanced heart failure patients without a stroke or device failure.
Nov. 17, 2009