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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,” […]

Americans need to up potassium, cut sodium in their diet

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium but only half of recommended potassium.

In a study presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, researchers studied 827 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, analyzing 24-hour urine samples taken as part of the 2014 […]

Moderate alcohol intake may slow good cholesterol’s decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Moderate drinking was associated with slower declines in high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol, over time, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers followed alcohol consumption and HDL levels for more than six years in a […]

Most smartphone healthy diet applications fall short

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most smartphone applications claiming to improve consumers’ diet, nutrition or eating habits are not compliant with evidence-based scientific guidelines, according to a preliminary study.

Researchers studied whether 32 health and fitness applications featured on Google Play and the iTunes application store adhered to […]