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Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

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Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study.

After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates of […]

AHA Ambassador learned of congenital heart defect as a teen

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Mark Ridder was only a 14 when he took a routine physical before entering high school and learned he had a pronounced heart murmur.

He had always struggled as a child to keep up while running and playing with his brother and cousins, and that exam […]

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Initiatives encourage Hispanics, Latinos to ditch sugary drinks

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Guillermina Rice has made it her mission to look after the children at her son’s elementary school. It’s there that she championed a healthy beverage initiative.

For Rice, the interest in nutrition and healthy living is personal. Diabetes runs in the family of the […]

Mountain climber embraces second chance after heart surgery

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Paul Arinaga had been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. So when he went to renew his mountaineering club membership a few years ago near his home in Brussels, Belgium, he expected his doctor would be quick to sign the required medical certificate.

But during the […]

Charity bike ride, cookout Saturday in Virginia

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Six years after battling cancer, Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda learned in 2014 that she had congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart that was working at a quarter of its capacity.

Rodriguez-Zepeda, a 41-year-old former Marine, decided to use her love of motorcycles to help spread the word […]

Common food additive may increase blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating foods with too much phosphate, a common food and beverage additive, increased blood pressure in rats, particularly during exercise, a recent study showed.

It’s a finding that if confirmed would support the Food and Drug Administration including the amount of added phosphate on food labels, […]

CDC: U.S. deaths from heart disease, cancer on the rise

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Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. But after nearly three decades in decline, the number of deaths from heart disease has increased in recent years, a new federal report shows. Meanwhile, the number of cancer deaths have been […]

Mental stress may reduce blood flow in young women with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Mental stress may reduce blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with coronary heart disease, according to new research.

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in American men and women, but studies show that younger women have higher rates of complications […]

Adults who develop asthma may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke

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People who develop asthma as adults may be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research.

“Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” said Matthew C. Tattersall, […]

Study: After Berkeley, California, tax, sugary drink consumption is down

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After adopting the country’s first tax on sugary drinks, consumers in Berkeley, California, are drinking 21 percent less of these beverages, according to a new study released Tuesday.

At the same time, consumption of water in the city increased by 63 percent, compared with a 19 […]