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Smoking leaves historical ‘footprint’ in DNA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoking leaves its “footprint” in your DNA, according to research released Tuesday.

The new findings suggest that DNA methylation — a process by which cells control gene activity — could reveal a person’s smoking history and provide researchers with potential targets for new therapies.

“These results are […]

Preterm birth leads to smaller kidneys, higher blood pressure in adulthood

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — Premature birth cuts short kidney development — resulting in smaller kidneys and higher blood pressure in adulthood, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

“Adults born preterm may not present with the ‘classic’ […]

Link between preterm birth, heart disease risk discovered

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — Abnormalities in a type of cell involved in blood vessel development and healing may explain why adults born prematurely are at increased risk of high blood pressure and other heart alterations, according to research presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council […]

Sound therapy may reduce blood pressure, migraines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — A noninvasive neurotechnology that uses sound to balance right- and left-side brain frequencies lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate variability and reduced symptoms of migraine headaches, in two small studies presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific […]

Intensive program to lower blood pressure could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with common heart disease risk factors would participate in an intensive program to lower the top number in their blood pressure reading, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart […]

Genetically-modified probiotic may treat pulmonary hypertension

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — Modified probiotics taken orally may one day treat pulmonary hypertension, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

In the study, the probiotic Lactobacillus reduced blood pressure, improved heart contractility and reduced heart wall […]

Eating more fruits, vegetables improved kidney patients’ blood pressure, cut medicine expenses in half

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — People with kidney disease improved their blood pressure and cut medicine expenses in half after adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet, in a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure 2016 Scientific Sessions.

“It was remarkable that […]

Drinking alcohol daily may enlarge heart chamber, lead to atrial fibrillation

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A drink a day won’t necessarily keep heart problems away.

Long-term alcohol consumption — even as little as one drink a day — may enlarge your heart’s left upper chamber and increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, according to new research released Wednesday.

“Our study provides […]

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, Patients, Research||3 Comments

Smokers more likely to have conditions that lead to heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers without obvious signs of heart disease are more likely to have thickened heart walls and reduced heart pumping ability — conditions that increase risk of heart failure, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study also found that higher rates of cumulative cigarette exposure — […]

New electrical stimulation therapy improves hand function for stroke survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new electrical stimulation therapy improved hand dexterity for stroke survivors more than an existing technique, in a study released today.

Strokes, which strike about in 800,000 people in the United States each year, usually result in some degree of paralysis on one side of the […]