American Heart Association

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day.

You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today.

Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight since he […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone.

“I had a […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically Focused […]

Seattle becomes next city to tax sodas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seattle became the ninth area of the country to pass a sugary drink tax, with a 7-1 vote Monday that imposes a 1.75-cents-per-ounce levy on distributors.

Last week, a city committee passed the measure 5-2, changing the original proposal to exclude diet drinks. The amendment also […]

Study sounds the snooze alarm for people with metabolic syndrome

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Getting enough sleep may be a life or death matter for people with a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors.

In a new study from Penn State University, people with the multiple heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome were more […]

Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows.

It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected.

“We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, M.D., senior […]

Food program awarded $1 million in Massachusetts’ budget

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Massachusetts’ lawmakers unveiled the Fiscal Year 2018 capital budget plan this week, including $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program.

The program, which was established in 2014 by the state legislature, will use the money to provide loans, grants and technical assistance to […]

Cinnamon may lessen damage of high-fat diet in rats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS —  A study in rats suggests that cinnamon may lessen the risk of cardiovascular damage from a high-fat diet by activating the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slowing the fat-storing process.

Researchers fed rats cinnamon supplements for 12 weeks along with a high-fat diet […]