American Heart Association

AHA bringing better blood pressure care to people through local YMCAs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Good news for some people who get their blood pressure checked at the YMCA: A doctor will see you soon.

All across the country, many people already take part in the Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. In 10 underserved communities, the American Heart […]

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation.

Fluctuations in blood pressure readings have been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia […]

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 […]

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

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 […]

Deaths prompt heart screenings for former NBA players

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Twenty years after he retired from professional basketball, Morlon Wiley still looks like somebody you want on your side in a pickup game. Lean and fit, he eats right, works out and goes to the doctor for checkups.

But he recently turned 50, and he knew […]

AHA statement: Manage interactions with statins, heart disease drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease patients should inform their healthcare providers of all drugs they’re taking to manage interactions with cholesterol-lowering medicine, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

“Healthcare providers and their patients who take statins need to be aware that these medications could interact with their other […]

Report calls for further research of African-Americans and high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The question of why African-Americans have disproportionate rates of high blood pressure continues to puzzle the medical community and requires further research, according to a new report.

The report, which was posted this week and will be published in the November issue of the American Heart […]

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 […]

AHA statement: high blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the statement is based on multiple studies and explains how high blood pressure influences brain […]