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New study probes why heart disease risk differs by sex

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

A woman’s risk for heart disease is different from a man’s. Although the reason isn’t known, a […]

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation.

Fluctuations in blood pressure readings have been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia […]

Poor sleep may increase risk for irregular heart rhythms

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Disruptions in sleep may be raising your risks of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for […]

Bariatric surgery may reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Bariatric surgery and other treatments that cause substantial weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of heart failure in obese patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers compared 25,804 bariatric surgery patients in a Scandinavian […]

Mostly meat, high-protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could be at higher risk for heart failure, especially if much of their protein comes from meat, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers evaluated the self-reported daily diets […]

Sugary drink sales drop nearly 20 percent after campaign

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study indicates that educating the public about the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to dramatic changes in customers’ buying habits.

Policy changes, coupled with community education efforts, led to a decline of nearly 20 percent of sales in Howard […]

Marijuana use may be linked to temporarily weakened heart muscle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Active marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle malfunction that can mimic heart attack symptoms, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

The researchers found that marijuana users were almost twice as […]

Drug therapy, LVAD helps severe heart failure patients recover function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — More than a third of advanced heart failure patients treated with a combination of an artificial heart assist device, called a left ventricular assist device and intensive drug therapy have recovered their heart function enough to allow removal of the device.

The preliminary results […]

Frequent simulation-based training may improve CPR proficiency among hospital staff

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new training model improved CPR skills in a clinical setting, according to research presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Currently, hospital staff are only required to undergo formal CPR training every two years. This […]

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs before cardiac arrest may aid survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to a study released Saturday.

The study from Taiwan researchers was presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart […]

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