American Heart Association

Four cities to cast pivotal ‘soda tax’ votes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Residents of four cities will cast pivotal votes this Election Day in the national movement to tax sugary beverages – with supporters saying momentum is spreading even in the face of large opposition spending.

“First they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you […]

New guidance to treat life-threatening infections of vascular grafts, stents

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The first guide to diagnose, treat and prevent infections of blood vessels, grafts and endovascular devices was issued Thursday by the American Heart Association.
Infections can occur after procedures to open clogged arteries or to place devices that prevent aneurysms from rupturing, said vascular surgeon John […]

First-of-its-kind study reveals differences in cardiovascular risk factors among U.S. Hispanics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Ramona Santana signed up right away when a woman came to her door to recruit her for a study about the health of U.S. Hispanics and Latinos.

The 63-year-old has Type 2 diabetes and hopes researchers find a cure.

“Almost everyone [I know] has diabetes,” […]

New program helps Americans add more color to their plates

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Coloring the plate every day with one more cup of fruits and vegetables is the rallying cry of +color, a new American Heart Association initiative to encourage Americans to eat healthier.

To kick off the initiative, NBC’s Today show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer helped the organization […]

Sleep important to heart, brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Not catching enough Z’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association.

Sleep disorders are “very much” related to cardiovascular disease, said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional medicine […]

Healthy food movement gaining steam with food trust funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For millions of Americans, geography might be the biggest barrier to a healthy diet.

Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states where advocates are pushing state legislatures to create easier access to healthy, affordable options in “food deserts” — which the Department of Agriculture […]

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 — […]

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., […]

Warning labels could impact kids’ sugary drink choices

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Health-related warning labels could impact whether adolescents buy sugary drinks, according to a study released this week that looked at kids’ hypothetical choices after being exposed to the labels.

Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the online study included 2,202 demographically diverse children 12 […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday.

It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also “emphasize […]