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Healthier lifestyles = lower blood pressure risks for African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure for African-Americans, according to new research released Monday.

African-Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, saw their high blood […]

CDC: Youth e-cigarette use drops for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer middle and high school students are vaping, according to data released Thursday, the first time numbers have dropped since 2011, when e-cigarettes were first included in the governmental report.

However, e-cigarettes remain the most used tobacco product by middle and high school students, surpassing traditional […]

Star of ‘The Goldbergs’ spoofs Oscar mixup in CPR video

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey can add another role to her credits: Future life-saver.

McLendon-Covey, the family matriarch in ABC’s hit comedy, “The Goldbergs,” stars in the new Hands-Only CPR training video from the American Heart Association that spoofs the mix up that occurred at the end of […]

FDA pushes back nutrition label compliance deadline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New requirements for the nutrition facts label that appears on packaged foods and drinks was delayed Tuesday, allowing food companies more time to implement the changes.

The labels were redesigned to make it easier for consumers to see how many calories and added sugars are in […]

Produce prescriptions: Replacing unhealthy foods with more fruits and vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The next time you stop by the supermarket pharmacy to pick up a prescription, swing by the produce section. It could be just as important to your health.

“If you just went around and looked at people’s plates, most of them have more meats […]

Snake charms researchers with possibilities of blood clot prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The lethal venom of a Southeast Asian pit viper is being considered to help create a new class of antiplatelet drugs that could prevent dangerous blood clots.

Researchers from the National Taiwan University found that a protein isolated from the venom of the Wagler’s pit viper […]

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

Food policies work, modeling study reports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented annually by food policies and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Using a modeling approach, researchers estimated that a national subsidy to reduce the cost of fruits and […]

One CPR class changed his entire life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Manny Medina was 16, he didn’t know or care much about emergency cardiovascular care as he walked into a CPR class at his high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“But then I pulled out the (defibrillator) pads and all of a sudden I felt […]

Family history of high blood pressure focuses trainer’s mission on heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Celebrity trainer Scott Parker works with clients across the globe eager to lose weight, build stamina and sculpt muscles. After watching his father struggle with severe hypertension, he makes sure controlling high blood pressure is also on their list.

Parker, who is based in Los Angeles, […]