Belgium: Cardiologist team develops improved treatment for heart failure

Europe: A team of cardiologist in Belgium has created an improved treatment for heart failure which is consisting of the combination of current medication with an old plasma medicine.

Scientist at the the Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL) on Saturday revealed the results of a large, national study in 27 hospitals in Belgium, Europe in which they indicated that a new combination of medicines works much better for the people affected with serious cardio problems as compared to the classic treatment.

The treatment has been failed by the medical community as a “Global revolution” that would help “Millions of patients worldwide.”

Moreover, heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly, usually because the organ has become to week or still. Some 230,000 individuals in Belgium suffer from heart failure, as per the information, as well as there are an average of about 45 new cases on the per day basis.

People facing issues from the chronic condition, which significantly rises the risk of premature death, often complain of shortness of breath or swollen legs, as the failure results in fluid accumulation.

Along with this, the classic treatment involves of administering diuretics, which is a certain type of fluid reducer through an infusion.

The team, led by cardiologist Wilfried Millens, showed in a study of 519 patients that the combination of diuretics (also known as water pills, which help rid bodies of salt and water) with acetazolamide, an old plasma medicine that is now only used for glaucoma as well as altitude sickness, can mainly improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

In addition, the infected people who have received the combination of these two diuretics were 46 percent more likely to have lost the excess fluid after three days and could leave the health care centre much earlier than other, as per the researchers.

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