APRIL 2012 :: Latest National News

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Protect Against Heart Failure

Published Saturday Mar 31, 2012 by Healthcare Review

Study Highlights:

Sleep apnea can cause harmful structural and functional changes in the heart similar to those caused by chronic high blood pressure, but breathing treatment may prevent the changes.
After six months of treatment with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device during sleep, almost all of the abnormalities corrected to near-normal in the otherwise healthy [...]

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Hospital Survival Differs Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Heart Failure Patients Depending on Heart Function

Published Saturday Mar 31, 2012 by Healthcare Review

Study Highlights:

Among heart failure patients with preserved, or normal, heart function, Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to survive their hospital stays.
Among patients with reduced heart function, researchers found no differences in hospital survival between Hispanic and non-Hispanic whites.
Quality of care didn’t differ among Hispanics and non-Hispanics, and improved over five years at hospitals [...]

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