Health Watch -- Affairs of the Heart: Heart Failure

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We’re talking about heart health this week on Health Watch. A diagnosis of heart failure may sound frightening, but doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say it’s not necessarily a death sentence.

Heart failure means that the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, not that it’s stopped working entirely. It doesn’t mean that the entire heart is damaged. In fact, many of the heart’s functions may be unaffected. The damage also may not be irreversible. Heart failure may be a result of a heart attack, a birth defect, coronary artery disease or high blood pressure.

Dr. Clyde Yancy, a UT Southwestern cardiologist, says there are treatments and medications available today that may allow patients with heart failure to lead long, healthy lives.

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February 2006

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