American Heart Association

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lea en español

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 […]

Compound in red wine may reduce artery stiffness in diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS — A natural compound in red wine, peanuts, berries and the skin of red grapes may reduce artery stiffness in some people with Type 2 diabetes, new data suggest.

In a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lea en español

Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate.

With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was at a […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]