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Cozy red hats keep babies’ heads warm, raise awareness of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Gabe Foster loves to knit and do good deeds. That’s why the 10-year-old jumped at the chance to make red caps for newborns to help raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

Last year, the fifth-grader from Fairport, New York, only had time to make […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates increase following decades of progress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease death rates have increased for the first time in decades and stroke death rates also have gone up, according to new federal statistics that show a drop in U.S. life expectancy.

While there is no obvious explanation for the small jump in these death […]

Surgeon General’s report warns e-cigarettes a ‘public health threat’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The growing use of e-cigarettes among young people is a “public health threat,” according to a new report released Thursday by the U.S. Surgeon General.

The report is the first detailed federal review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on the nation’s youth. It comes […]

People with acute coronary syndrome at increased risk of suicide

By AMERICAN HEART ASOCIATION NEWS

People with acute coronary syndrome — a condition in which the heart’s blood supply is suddenly blocked —  have a higher risk of suicide, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers identified 41,050 people 35 years or older in the […]

Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]

Cardiology unit founded by visionary and AHA founder Paul Dudley White now 100

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A century ago, a groundbreaking cardiologist was recommending changes to people’s lifestyle habits that today we often take for granted.

Exercise more. Eat healthy. Learn your family’s medical history.

They were the tenets Paul Dudley White brought with him when he started the first-of-its-kind cardiology unit at […]

American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation fund more than $1M in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seven researchers will split nearly $1.1 million in funding for congenital heart defect research. The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced the awards Tuesday.

The funds are the latest to be doled out through the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, a program from […]

Study suggests even ‘light’ smoking can kill you

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers, even if they averaged less than one cigarette a day over their entire lifetime, were 64 percent more likely to die early than those who never smoked, according to research from the National Cancer Institute.

The risk jumped to 87 percent for those who averaged […]

Clinic readings may not detect ‘masked hypertension’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Around-the-clock monitoring during daily activities revealed undetected high blood pressure among otherwise healthy adults who had normal readings in the clinic, according to new research.

“Masked hypertension” is normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office, but high readings outside of the office — the reverse of “white […]

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