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Black adults who are heavy smokers may be more likely to develop diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

He knows cigarettes are bad for him. He knows years of smoking cause the pain in his lungs when he runs up and down the basketball court. But Terrence Raper said he’s not quitting any time soon.

“My health is not really a major concern of […]

Notable deaths of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease and stroke touch people from all walks of life, including celebrities. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17 million people a year. Here is a look at some of the well-known people with […]

Study ponders whether governments should consider drink taxes based on sugar content

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taxing drinks based on how much sugar is present could be the most effective way to decrease consumption and nudge the beverage industry to reduce sugar content, according to a report released Monday by the Urban Institute.

The research shows a single-tier tax on sugar content […]

People with acute coronary syndrome at increased risk of suicide

By AMERICAN HEART ASOCIATION NEWS

People with acute coronary syndrome — a condition in which the heart’s blood supply is suddenly blocked —  have a higher risk of suicide, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers identified 41,050 people 35 years or older in the […]

Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By July, more than 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its suburbs will begin seeing higher prices on sweetened drinks.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed its $4.9 billion budget – including a penny-per-ounce tax on bottles, cans and fountain drinks that are […]

Bariatric surgery may reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Bariatric surgery and other treatments that cause substantial weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of heart failure in obese patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers compared 25,804 bariatric surgery patients in a Scandinavian […]

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs before cardiac arrest may aid survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to a study released Saturday.

The study from Taiwan researchers was presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart […]

Sweetened beverage tax on horizon in Chicago’s Cook County

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Chicago’s county stepped closer on Thursday to being the largest area in the country to institute a sweetened beverage tax.

After nearly five hours of debate and dozens of speakers, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, such […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry.

In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in the […]