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Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women under age 50 who do moderate physical activity can lower their risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Among women ages 27-44 at the start of the study, researchers found:

Women with the highest level of leisure time physical activity had a 25 […]

Watching too much TV may increase risk of dying from blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spending too much time in front of the tube every day may increase your risk of dying from a blood clot in the lung, according to a Japanese study.

From 1988-90, researchers asked 86,024 people how many hours they spent watching TV. Over the next 19 […]

Female smokers face highest risk for bleeding in brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who smoke are significantly more likely to bleed in the inner lining of the brain than men who light up and those who don’t, according to a Finnish study.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage, which accounts for 3 percent of all strokes in the United States, results from […]

Patients’ stem cells may help treat chest pain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PHOENIX, Arizona — Your stem cells may one day treat chest pain.

A non-surgical treatment that uses patients’ bone marrow stem cells improved chest pain symptoms and the level and length of time patients could be physically active, in preliminary research presented today at the American […]

Fluctuations in ‘bad’ cholesterol may worsen brain function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fluctuating “bad” cholesterol levels could worsen your cognitive function.

In a European study, those with the highest low-density lipoprotein cholesterol variability took an average 2.7 seconds longer to finish a cognitive test to name ink colors or color words written in different ink (for example, the […]

Pre-stroke heart disease risk factors increase long-term risk of stroke, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People have higher risks of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia if they had  heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before their first stroke, according to a study.

Researchers compared 1,237 stroke survivors to a stroke-free group of about 5,000 people from an existing long-term […]

Worsening blood glucose health increasing risks for Type 2 diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blood glucose health is deteriorating in obese adults — raising the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“The adverse impact of obesity on blood sugar status appears to develop over a longer […]

American Heart Association statement: commonly used drugs may cause, worsen heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first American Heart Association scientific statement on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure.

The statement provides comprehensive information about drugs and “natural” remedies that may have serious unintended […]

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

An essential element in the human body, magnesium is found in whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Researchers have long debated whether magnesium plays a role in regulating […]

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States — creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data for all ages, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In the first contemporary assessment of […]