Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 — Heart failure patients are much less likely now to die from sudden cardiac arrest, new research shows.
Rates of sudden death from heart failure have declined by nearly half over the past two decades, according to data gathered from a dozen separate clinical trials.
Better heart medications used in effective combinations are extending the lives of people with heart failure, said senior study author Dr. John McMurray, a professor of cardiology with the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
“Patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction certainly are living longer, and I think are also living better,” McMurray said. “Modern pharmacological and device therapy is very effective, and we are now fairly commonly seeing patients with substantial or…
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