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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 […]

HUD bans smoking in public housing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing properties to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD announced Wednesday that public housing agencies must implement a smoke-free policy that bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah in […]

Motivation and inspiration through Go Red Get Fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Joyce Moore lost her dad to heart disease and vowed to spare her daughters from the pain she experienced. But it wasn’t until she decided to get healthy for herself, rather than others, that she was able to make significant change.

Moore, who lives in Jessup, […]

Making changes to prevent a second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Julie Kubala went to the hospital last year thinking her flu had progressed to pneumonia.

It hadn’t. She was having a heart attack caused by a significant blockage found in her left anterior descending aorta.

Kubala, 48, required a stent and months of constant attention to her […]

Pat Kirby helped inspire movie, now inspiring giving

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the 1980s, Pat Kirby helped to inspire the character Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, which in turn inspired countless women to apply for jobs in the FBI.

Today, the 67-year-old heart attack survivor is inspiring people in a much different role — […]

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital.

Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or when […]

Study: Gratitude is a healthy attitude

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When most people think about Thanksgiving, they focus on food, family and football-watching. But putting the “thanks” back into Thanksgiving is a good start in improving your heart health, researchers say.

“Somebody once said a grateful heart is a healthier heart, and that’s what we saw […]

Caregiving can come with difficulties, but also great rewards

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caregiving often comes with difficulties and lack of cultural support, even though it can offer the caregiver unexpected joys and possible tighter family bonds, experts say.

“We see a primarily negative view of caregiving in our culture,” explained Dr. Barry Jacobs, a clinical psychologist who has […]

Heartburn drugs may increase the risk of stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Popular heartburn medication may increase the risk of ischemic stroke.

The stroke risk appears to be greatest with the highest dose of the proton pump inhibitors, known as PPIs.

“PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia,” […]

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