American Heart Association

AHA president concerned by new blood pressure treatment guideline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new guideline published Monday recommends less-aggressive blood pressure treatment for many people, guidance the American Heart Association’s president said could actually increase their risk for major health problems.

The guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, published in […]

AHA names top 10 heart, stroke research advances of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Mutations that influence coronary heart disease. Clot-retrieving strategies for strokes. Healthy lifestyle techniques to outsmart genetic fate. All of this – and more – was part of the groundbreaking work from heart disease and stroke researchers published this past year.

The American Heart Association, one of […]

High blood pressure on the rise in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure, a nationwide health threat, is taking an even bigger bite out of the Big Apple.

More than one in four adults in New York City — 1.8 million people — say they have hypertension, a citywide increase of 11 percent over the past […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution.

Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially […]

Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]

Clinic readings may not detect ‘masked hypertension’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Around-the-clock monitoring during daily activities revealed undetected high blood pressure among otherwise healthy adults who had normal readings in the clinic, according to new research.

“Masked hypertension” is normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office, but high readings outside of the office — the reverse of “white […]

App can detect irregular heartbeat by looking at your face

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers in Hong Kong have successfully used an iPhone camera and smartphone app to identify people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Users simply align their face with a red circle on the phone screen, and the app, called Cardiio Rhythm, calculates a […]

Blood pressure control program helps hundreds in Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hannah Prairie Chief jumped at the chance to learn more about high blood pressure because several family members struggle with it. She worried about her grandmother, aunts and uncles, and wanted to help them get healthy.

“I couldn’t talk about it if I didn’t […]

Diet rich in omega-3s lowers blood pressure in young, healthy adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent high blood pressure in healthy young adults, new research suggests.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, mostly found in fish and some types of plant oils. Researchers measured blood pressure and the amount […]