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Common Erectile Dysfunction Drug Not Helpful for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

SAN FRANCISCO — A commonly used erectile dysfunction drug, sildenafil, doesn't help patients who have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a condition in which the heart's lower chambers are stiff and cannot relax and fill fully between beats. That is the finding of the RELAX study, presented today at [...]

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Common Erectile Dysfunction Drug Not Helpful for Heart Failure Patients

It turns out that a commonly used erectile dysfunction drug, sildenafil, does not help patients who have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. That's a condition in which the heart’s lower chambers are stiff and cannot relax enough to fill fully between beats. That's the finding of the RELAX study [...]

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Electric Cars Don't Interfere with Implantable Cardiac Devices

A Mayo Clinic study, Hybrid Cars and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: Is It Safe?, has found that patients with implanted cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or be a passenger in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI). The increasing prevalence of electric and hybrid cars prompted Mayo Clinic [...]

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Money Talks When It Comes to Losing Weight

People participating in a weight loss study who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with the program and lose more weight than study participants who received no incentives. Mayo Clinic internal medicine resident and lead author Steven Driver, M.D., says, “The take-home message is that sustained weight loss can be achieved [...]

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Patients' Own Bone Marrow Stem Cells Help Heart

Stem cells derived from heart failure patients’ own bone marrow and injected into their hearts improved the function of the left ventricle, the heart’s pumping chamber. Mayo Clinic researchers also found that certain types of the stem cells were associated with the largest improvement and needs further study. These results were presented [...]

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