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What Is Heart Failure? Part 3

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Angiotensin-convertingenzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as lisinopril (Zestril or Plinivil) and captopril (Capoten), improve blood flow by relaxing blood vessels that have constricted due to heart failure. Beta-blockers, such as carvedilol (Coreg), cut the heart’s workload by lessening the force of its contractions. This temporarily worsens the symptoms of an already weak heart but helps preserve its function. Studies have found that carvedilol reduces deaths and hospitalizations; other beta-blockers may prove to work as well.

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What Is Heart Failure? Part 2

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In either right- or left-sided heart failure, a vicious cycle follows: In response to its weakness, the ventricle enlarges and its muscular wall thickens, or hypertrophies (see figure). In the short term, this gives the muscle greater power to pump against the increased pressure in the ventricle. But over time, the strain causes changes in the body’s chemistry that disrupt the heart’s function and also affect the kidneys, muscles, and blood vessels.

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What Is Heart Failure? Part 1

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So many people misuse the words “heart failure” in ordinary speech, it’s no wonder few know the real meaning. Heart failure is a situation in which the heart cannot pumping blood to the body to deliver its want for oxygen. It is neither a heart attack nor a stopped heart, but rather a weakened heart.

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Survey Shows Positive Attitudes Toward Health Clubs

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A study commissioned by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide reveals that health clubs now have a more positive image than in years past, and that club members particpate in more life activities than non-members.

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No Cancer Risk with Blood Pressure Drugs

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Swedish Study Puts Nagging Worries to Rest

Vague worries that drug treatment for high blood pressure might somehow increase the risk of cancer are totally unfounded, Swedish researchers report.

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Molecular Trojan Horse Zaps Cancer Cells

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New York researchers have developed a molecular “nanogenerator” that homes in on cancer cells to release atomic particles that destroy them.

The experimental therapy has proven effective against several different kinds of cancer in the test tube, and researchers hope to begin human trials of the approach next year.

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10 Ways to Avoid a Relapse of MS

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There are those of us that relapses are a big part of having MS. We seem to walk right into them. The next one is always around the bend. We need to be reminded every so often what to watch for and what to avoid. There are triggers that will cause us to have an attack. Hopefully with these ten suggestions you can avoid your next one.

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Spend Less on Your Prescription Drugs

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If you have permanent problems with your health or approaching your elderly years, you are aware more than anybody that the price for medicine and prescription drugs is expensive. Drug manufacturers require a lot of capital to pay for the lab equipment, personnel, clinical trials, and other testing that bringing out new drugs requires.

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Metronidazole is a Prescription Drug to Treat Vaginal Infections

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Metronidazole is a Nitroimidazole drug that combats infection and thus is utilized primarily to treat infections resulting from, in particular, anaerobic and protozoan organisms. It is known as the gold standard anti-anaerobic agent.

It is marketed under the trade label Flagyl. Pfizer is the manufacturer of metronidazole in the U.S. while Sanofi-Aventis produces it for the international markets. Produced by a number of generic manufacturers as well, it is available at a lower price.

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