American Heart Association

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 […]

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 […]