American Heart Association

‘Bad’ air may impact ‘good’ cholesterol, increase heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol, according to new research.
In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high air pollution levels tended to have lower high-density […]

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 […]

Tobacco is OUT! A third of all Major League Baseball stadiums to be free of tobacco

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With the end of this baseball season, so ended the long intertwined history of tobacco and baseball at more than one-third of all Major League stadiums.

The unhealthy coupling started unraveling when it became evident that chewing tobacco resulted in deadly consequences for some players, such […]

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fine particulate matter air pollution may cause blood vessel damage and inflammation in healthy young adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

“These results substantially expand our understanding about how air pollution contributes to cardiovascular disease by showing that exposure is associated with a cascade of […]

Health groups sue FDA for withholding tobacco regulations

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Anti-tobacco groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Food and Drug Administration to force the agency into issuing a final rule for graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleges that the […]

Fort Worth residents target workplace smoking

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The image of a smoked-filled bar might sound like a thing of the past, but in Fort Worth, Texas, there’s still a fight to clear the air in workplaces and public places.

Texas has no statewide indoor smoking law for bars, restaurants, private workplaces or government […]

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., […]

Majority of Americans favor banning pharmacy tobacco sales

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are strongly or somewhat in favor of banning tobacco sales at pharmacies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday.

The study, released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that of the more than 4,000 respondents, […]

Secondhand marijuana smoke damages blood vessels more than tobacco smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage your blood vessels even more than tobacco smoke.

In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we now […]