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Majority of Americans favor banning pharmacy tobacco sales

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are strongly or somewhat in favor of banning tobacco sales at pharmacies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday.

The study, released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that of the more than 4,000 respondents, […]

91-year-old runner back on track after cardiac surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tony Taddeo and cardiac surgeon Michael Mack are not a typical pair of running buddies.

One is a 91-year-old with a new aortic heart valve, and the other is the doctor  who arranged the surgery and supervised the treatment that got the nonagenarian jogger back on […]

Policymakers put money toward initiatives that should encourage healthy habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

City leaders and policymakers around the nation are getting behind measures meant to encourage healthier habits.

In New York City, millions have been earmarked to beef up physical education in public schools. In Massachusetts, policymakers have funded improvements to encourage an active transportation lifestyle. And Los […]

New initiative aims to reduce repeat heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association is launching an education campaign aimed at reducing the number of repeat or recurrent heart attacks.

The plan is to arm survivors with a few simple, but effective action steps that can lower their risk of having another heart attack.

“Our message is […]

Insurance companies may now consider bariatric surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Recent guidelines recommending bariatric surgery for obese people with Type 2 diabetes could convince more insurance companies to green-light the procedure.

“I think these guidelines will encourage insurers to provide coverage for this kind of surgery for some diabetic patients who are having so […]

Life is good after years of battling heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jang Jaswal woke one night short of breath and sensing a slight pressure in his chest. He couldn’t figure out what was happening and grew increasingly frustrated.

“I knew there was something wrong with me,” said Jaswal, who was only 33 at the time.

His wife, Sushila, […]

Indoor cycling events popping up around the country

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A series of indoor cycling events hosted by CycleBar across the country on Saturday are scheduled to get people active on two wheels while raising funds to fight stroke and heart disease.

The events help kick off CycleNation, a new American Heart Association and American Stroke […]

Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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An exaggerated response to too much sodium in the diet may be as dangerous as high blood pressure when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. But researchers are still years away from being able to detect and treat so-called salt sensitivity in everyday practice, […]

Camp offers children with serious illness ‘The Joy of Yes’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Joshua Martin had to be pushed in a stroller and needed an oxygen tank when he came to America to join his adoptive family. But now the 12-year-old can run through activities at Camp Boggy Creek with the rest of the campers who, like him, […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we now […]