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AHA introduces smartphone app to help heart attack survivors manage their heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association introduced a free smartphone app at the beginning of May to help heart attack survivors better manage their heart health.

The “My Cardiac Coach” app helps monitor vital statistics, tracks medicine and gives exercises reminders.

“The app is full of great information. It […]

Cinnamon may lessen damage of high-fat diet in rats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS —  A study in rats suggests that cinnamon may lessen the risk of cardiovascular damage from a high-fat diet by activating the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slowing the fat-storing process.

Researchers fed rats cinnamon supplements for 12 weeks along with a high-fat diet […]

Obamacare replacement bill passes House

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, the Republicans’ first successful attempt in seven years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law.

An updated version of the bill had not yet received a […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate.

With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was at a […]

Florida children take steps intended to last a lifetime

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

TAMPA, Florida – Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School is organizing a half-hour health walk on Friday, but the steps are intended to last a lifetime.

“We’re going to encourage kids to try to stay healthy,” said Demir Dikmen, one of the students. “We […]

Sodium warnings to remain on New York City menus after court battle ends

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The warnings next to all the high-sodium items on chain restaurant menus in New York City are here to stay.

The legal battle over the city’s rule on excessively salty items has ended, after the National Restaurant Association dropped its challenge to the warnings.

The organization declined […]

Neighborhoods play big role in heart health, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

“Location, location, location” isn’t just an old real estate cliché. It’s also a major factor when it comes to heart health, according to an overview article published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The article studied a growing body of literature on the relationship between […]

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said.

Stewart called her mom to take her to the hospital, which […]

FDA panel: Serious injuries result when e-cigarette batteries explode

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many people who have experienced e-cigarette or “vaping” explosions return to smoking traditional cigarettes as a way to cope with the stress of serious injury, according to a speaker at a Food and Drug Administration workshop held Wednesday.

Dr. Felicia Williams, a surgeon at the University […]

Campaign launched to expand charitable deduction incentive

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A group of nonprofit organizations, foundations and corporations is calling on lawmakers to expand the charitable deduction incentive to 100 percent of American taxpayers.

The group’s Giving100 campaign is named for this year’s 100th anniversary of the charitable tax deduction.

Currently, 30 percent of taxpayers take advantage […]