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Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows.

It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected.

“We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, M.D., senior […]

Millions check blood pressure for World Hypertension Day

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People worldwide are checking their blood pressure as part of a campaign to alert people about the dangers of high blood pressure.

Companies and organizations worldwide are participating in the World Hypertension League’s effort to get more people to check their blood pressure, culminating in World […]

Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors may now be able to test people early and prevent them from developing heart failure, according to an updated guideline published Friday by three leading U.S. heart organizations.

“For the first time, we really believe the data are in hand to inform how we might […]

New guidance on heart failure tests can improve care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Novel tests for heart failure can better guide the diagnosis and ongoing care of heart failure, which could reduce deaths and re-hospitalizations, according to a scientific statement published Wednesday by the American Heart Association.

The noninvasive blood or urine tests measure biomarkers, which are substances released […]

New blood thinners require preparation to manage bleeding risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the popularity of a new generation of blood thinners surges, people taking them should be aware of bleeding risks, according to a recent statement from the American Heart Association.

There are occasions when the four newer anticoagulant drugs need attention, said Amish N. Raval, M.D. […]

AHA awarded top workplace honors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Dallas-based American Heart Association has been named one of the nation’s top workplaces and nonprofit employers.

For the second consecutive year, the AHA is among the 2017 Best Workplaces in Health Care, announced Wednesday by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work. The […]

Study: Healthiest employees cost companies half the healthcare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in healthcare costs and were less likely to be hospitalized or visit an emergency department than employees with moderate or poor health, according to a recent study.

The study offers a compelling business […]

Less to chew on in St. Louis as baseball season opens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the St. Louis Cardinals’ season home opener starts on Sunday, many of baseball’s traditions will continue at Busch Stadium. But one that will be notably absent is smokeless tobacco.

St. Louis city officials passed a measure last month banning smokeless tobacco from all sports facilities […]

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat.

Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. It […]

Many heart patients aren’t prescribed cardiac rehabilitation, despite benefits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation programs can boost independence and quality of life for older adults, especially after hospitalization for heart disease, but it’s not always prescribed, according to a scientific statement published Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Cardiac rehabilitation provides exercise training, advice for handling stress and […]