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Study Says Noninvasive Ear-Clip Nerve Stimulation Suppresses AFib

Researchers say they have identified a new approach that could change the way patients are treated for atrial fibrillation (AF).   They report that a randomized clinical trial effectively used nerve stimulation through an ear clip to reduce AF burden and showcases an emerging noninvasive treatment option for patients. AF is considered the most common abnormal heart…

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Biomarkers Help Shape Diuretic use in Treating Acute Heart Failure Patients

According to a presentation at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Adrenomedullin activity predicts which acute heart failure patients (AHFP) are at the greatest risk of death without diuretic treatment post-discharge. “Therapy at discharge often remains unchanged for several weeks and even months in acute heart failure patients,”…

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UHF Reports Put Spotlight on Challenges in Transitioning Patients to Post Hospital Care

Two reports released by the New York-based United Hospital Fund (UHF) charge that hospital patients face substantial challenges when seeking the post-acute care option that can best meet their care needs after major surgery or a serious illness. The reports are the next two installments in UHF’s four-part “Difficult Decisions” series, based on a year-long…

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National Study Says SNF Occupancy Rates on the Increase.

Last month, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) reported that the occupancy in U.S. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reached 83.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019, this being the first year-over-year increase since January 2015. NIC’s first quarter 2019 Skilled Nursing Data Report showed increased occupancy in both rural and urban…

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Cardiac Rehab Patients Are Older, less healthy and Have More Diverse Needs

After studying cardiac rehabilitation (CR) patients over two decades, researchers say these CR patients are more overweight, and have an increased prevalence of coronary risk factors than those patients in the past.  With CR’s growing popularity over time, thee changing demographics are presenting new challenges to treatment. Days ago, a study published in the Journal of…

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