Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter

High cholesterol is one of the major causes of heart attacks, it can be naturally kept at bay. Pixabay

Patients with heart failure who experience low health literacy are at an increased risk of hospitalisation and mortality, according to a new study. Heart failure is a chronic condition that requires patients to engage in complex self-management skills to monitor weight and blood pressure, control glycaemia, stick to drug and diet guidelines and occasionally lose weight and exercise.

Therefore, greater attention has recently been given to health literacy, which is defined by the authors of the study as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

“Our findings showed that an inadequate level of health literacy is associated with increased risks in mortality and hospitalisation among patients with heart failure,” said study author Lila J. Finney Rutten from the Mayo Clinic in the US. Previous studies have suggested that low health literacy among patients with heart failure could be associated with higher risk of mortality, hospitalisations and emergency department visits, but the results have been inconsistent.

For the current findings, published in the journal ‘JACC: Heart Failure’, the research team conducted a systematic review across EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycInfo and EBSCO CINAHL databases from inception to January 1, 2019.

Heart patients need to be health literate study suggests. Pixabay

Both observational and interventional studies evaluated the impact of health literacy among patients 18 years or older with heart failure on mortality, hospitalisations and emergency department visits for all causes.

Interventional studies evaluated interventions among patients with heart failure who had low health literacy. Among the observational studies, 9,171 heart failure patients were included, of which 2,207 (24 per cent) had inadequate or marginal health literacy. The researchers found that low health literacy was associated with higher unadjusted risk for mortality, hospitalisation and emergency department visits. In adjusted analyses, low health literacy remained statistically associated with mortality and hospitalisation, but no correlation was found for emergency department visits.

Also Read: COVID ‘Just the Tip of The Iceberg’ Warns Virologist known as ‘Bat Woman’

Among the four interventional studies, two effectively improved outcomes for heart failure patients with low health literacy. “Identifying health literacy as a factor that affects health outcomes and measuring its effect on patients with heart failure is essential to allocate more resources for, and research on, interventions to improve health literacy,” Rutten said. (IANS)



Bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskeys are displayed at Rossi's Deli in San Francisco

Jack Daniel's is the world's most popular whiskey brand, but until recently, few people knew the liquor was created by Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved Black man who mentored Daniel.

"We've always known," says Debbie Staples, a great-great-granddaughter of Green's who heard the story from her grandmother. … "He made the whiskey, and he taught Jack Daniel. And people didn't believe it … it's hurtful. I don't know if it was because he was a Black man."

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Aksh yadav on Unsplash

Cricket fans can now book the ultimate experience with the official accommodation booking partner for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Cricket fans can now book the ultimate experience with the official accommodation booking partner for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, The T20 Pavillion, a bespoke cricket-themed luxury stay that transforms the Presidential Suite at Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences into a classic cricket stadium.

The suite offers guests an all-inclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience during the India vs Pakistan ICC Men's T20 World Cup match on October 24, 2021, packed with quirks and luxuries that is sure to satisfy even the biggest cricket enthusiast. Additionally, as a part of the experience, guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to meet Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor at The T20 Pavilion.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by CDC on Unsplash

The findings from preliminary studies on possible stem cell-based Covid-19 treatments are frequently being exaggerated through press releases, social media and uncritical news media reports.

Amid the rush to find quick treatments for Covid-19 last year, the world saw a global race to find new stem cell-based treatments. Now, researchers report that such therapies were filled with violations of government regulations, inflated medical claims and distorted public communication. There are reports of patients suffering physical harm -- including blindness and death -- from unproven stem cell therapies.

"Efforts to rapidly develop therapeutic interventions should never occur at the expense of the ethical and scientific standards that are at the heart of responsible clinical research and innovation," said lead study author Laertis Ikonomou, associate professor of oral biology at University at Buffalo, New York. There are clinics offering unproven and unsafe "stem cell" therapies that promise to prevent Covid-19 by strengthening the immune system or improving overall health, the researchers noted in the paper published in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

Keep reading... Show less