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Health literacy important for heart failure patient survival
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Acute heart failure patients are more likely to die within two years of hospitalization if they have trouble understanding and using health information, according to a new study.

“Heart failure is a complicated condition,” said lead author Dr. Candace D. McNaughton of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “Patients often have to take multiple medications, monitor (and count) their salt intake, and monitor their symptoms and weight daily. In some cases they even have to change the dosing of the medications in response to these.”

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