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February 11, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Actress Elizabeth Taylor, 78, was hospitalized Friday for congestive heart failure, a condition she has been suffering with since at least 2004. Congestive heart failure, commonly abbreviated CHF, occurs when the heart keeps contracting, but can't efficiently pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, starving the muscles of oxygen and nutrients. Typically, the heart has an ejection fraction of about 65%: that means, each time it contracts, about 65% of the blood in the ventricles is forced out into the circulatory system.
August 1, 2013 | By August Brown
After spending much of July in critical condition with congestive heart failure and a stroke, country singer Randy Travis has finally left the hospital . The 54-year-old country star was admitted to the hospital in Plano, Texas, after suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, a disease the weakens and enlarges the heart, which led to a heart attack on July 7. While in the hospital, he also suffered a stroke after doctors performed surgery to...
September 11, 2006 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
What is congestive heart failure? Congestive heart failure -- or heart failure -- means that the heart can't pump as much blood as the body needs. (In contrast, cardiac arrest means the heart has stopped beating.) As either or both of the heart's ventricles fail, blood backs up and congests into the liver, abdomen, lower extremities and lungs. What causes it?
July 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Doctors for Randy Travis gave an update and more details Wednesday on the country superstar's condition since his hospitalization Sunday in Texas. Travis came through the ER at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney on Sunday after suffering a viral upper-respiratory infection for three weeks, said Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at the medical center. The singer had been in fine health before the infection, he said. He was admitted at Baylor McKinney with presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure and was stabilized, Gray said.
Despite a 24.5% drop in deaths from all heart disease between 1982 and 1992, the incidence of congestive heart failure more than doubled during the same period, according to the American Heart Assn. The congestive disease, in which the heart muscle is overworked or damaged and unable to pump out all the blood that returns to it, accounted for 822,000 hospitalizations in the United States in 1992 and 39,000 deaths, the association disclosed at a science writers' seminar here.
December 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Howie Dallmar, 69, voted most valuable player when Stanford won the NCAA basketball championship in 1942, died in Menlo Park of congestive heart failure.
March 25, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Herman Mulman, a community activist who ran a colorful campaign on a shoestring budget against Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi in the San Fernando Valley in 1981, died March 18 in Van Nuys of congestive heart failure. He was 87.
November 20, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
If you’re unlucky enough to experience a case of gastroenteritis , you might endure several days of diarrhea and then think your woes are over. Not so fast. According to a study published online Friday in the British Medical Journal, a bout of acute gastroenteritis can increase one’s risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney problems years later. The findings are based on the health histories of nearly 2,000 residents of Walkerton, Ontario , who were inadvertently exposed to E. coli O157:H7 and Campylobacter a decade ago, when the municipal water system was accidentally contaminated with livestock manure.
May 10, 2001 | From Reuters
Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that some reports of deaths among those taking its anti-fungal treatment Sporanox prompted it to warn that people with a history of congestive heart failure should not take the medicine. Later, the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement estimating that Sporanox contributed to or caused 58 reported cases of congestive heart failure.
April 8, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen should be able to attend his newborn daughter's graduation and wedding ceremonies. No longer does the Dodgers' hard-throwing setup man have to worry that playing baseball could cost him his life. His heart now functions normally. Nearly six months ago, Jansen underwent a cardiac operation that scared him out of his usual laid-back persona. "It's finally fixed," Jansen, 25, said with a smile. Heading into the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, Jansen has pitched three times.
February 10, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
More than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are walking around with knee replacements, a study finds, and replacement surgeries have more than doubled in the last 10 years. The study, presented this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco, provided a glimpse into not only how prevalent knee replacements have become, but who's having them and why. Researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Census, the National Health Interview Survey, the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and the Osteoarthritis Initiative.
November 16, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Most of us know about the factors that raise our risk for heart attack: high blood pressure, bad blood lipids, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart attacks. Either that, or we've been living in a cave.  Though a study of more than 500,000 patients just reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. doesn't change any of that, it did find something odd:  Among a large group of people admitted to the hospital for their first heart attack, those who had those traditional risk factors were less likely to die of the heart attack than those who arrived at the hospital without any of them.
November 9, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
When 46-year-old Tammy Lumpkins showed up at Keck Hospital of USC in August, she needed a new heart. Her doctors got her onto the transplant list, but as she waited, her health deteriorated. Her liver and kidneys started to fail and she couldn't get out of bed. "To say she was on the brink of death was an understatement," said Dr. Michael Bowdish, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Keck Hospital. PHOTOS: A new heart So in late September, Bowdish implanted an artificial heart in Lumpkins to replace both of the organ's chambers and all four valves.
March 23, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Actress Elizabeth Taylor died early Wednesday of congestive heart failure at age 79. Here is some information about the condition. Congestive heart failure, commonly abbreviated CHF, occurs when the heart keeps contracting but cannot efficiently pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, starving the muscles of oxygen and nutrients. Typically, the heart has an ejection fraction of about 65%: That means, each time it contracts, about 65% of the blood in the ventricles is forced out into the circulatory system.
March 23, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79. Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with her four children at her side, publicist Sally Morrison said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Mickey Rooney played Elizabeth Taylor's trainer in "Lassie Come Home.
January 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Fruta Planta, a supplement that some users might consider "natural" and thus "healthy," is the latest weight-loss product to be recalled by its maker after a Food and Drug Administration warning. Apparently the product known as  Fruta Planta or Reduce Weight Fruta Planta has been linked to several heart attacks and one death. This Orlando Sentinel story says one of the ingredients -- sibutramine, pulled from the market in December --  caused the agency to act. The article states: "Sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients and may present a serious risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure , arrhythmias or stroke.
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