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Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

More education may mean a longer, healthier life

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A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates.

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” said […]

Being fit helps man survive the deadliest of heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When John Harrity turned 40, he made a bucket list of 50 things he wanted to do by the time he turned 50.

“It was really hard coming up with that many, so one of them I just wrote was to get my body fat under […]

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

“In the […]

Quitting cholesterol drugs may raise risk of another stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs three to six months after their first stroke face a higher risk of another stroke, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Those who’d had an […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]