American Heart Association

Cutting through the saturated fat – meats, butter and tropical oils still need limits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and tropical oils raise LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, and they should be replaced with healthier options.

It seems a simple statement. But reaction to it – and the American Heart Association advisory issued last […]

Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations.

One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart disease […]

Prevention drives volunteer leader’s efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The concept of prevention enticed David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., early in his medical career.

“When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I learned a lot about the causes of heart disease,” said Goff, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day.

You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today.

Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight since he […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in their shampoos, skin creams, and even in their smoothies and coffee.

Chatter spiked even more recently, after a new science advisory […]

Advisory: Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat could lower cardiovascular risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat in the diet lowers cardiovascular disease risk as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to an American Heart Association advisory issued Thursday.

“This important paper reaffirms the scientific evidence that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol, a leading cause of atherosclerosis,” […]

Common artery problems as you age may be avoided or delayed, study shows

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Potentially dangerous artery problems considered common as people age may actually be avoided or delayed well into the senior years, according to new research.

The risk for high blood pressure and increased blood vessel stiffness, which both increase the risk of heart disease, may be reduced […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became […]

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in […]