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Avoiding deadly holiday heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Amidst all the heart-warming seasonal stories this time of year, a grim fact also exists — several studies have reported an uptick in deaths around Christmas and New Year’s compared to other times throughout the year.

Sometimes referred to as “holiday heart attacks,” the phenomena has […]

High blood pressure on the rise in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure, a nationwide health threat, is taking an even bigger bite out of the Big Apple.

More than one in four adults in New York City — 1.8 million people — say they have hypertension, a citywide increase of 11 percent over the past […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax; beverage industry to appeal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks survived a major challenge Monday from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. But the issue isn’t over.

“We shall appeal,” said Shanin Specter, who represents the American Beverage Association and a few restaurants and consumers […]

Report: 10 measures could prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ten strategies could help doctors, patients and families prevent sudden cardiac death, according to a new report.

The findings from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

More than 350,000 Americans […]

Teen e-cigarette use falls for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time, researchers are finding that significantly fewer teens are using e-cigarettes, hookahs and other popular “vaping” products.

The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks trends in substance use among 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, found […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution.

Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates increase following decades of progress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease death rates have increased for the first time in decades and stroke death rates also have gone up, according to new federal statistics that show a drop in U.S. life expectancy.

While there is no obvious explanation for the small jump in these death […]

Motivation and inspiration through Go Red Get Fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Joyce Moore lost her dad to heart disease and vowed to spare her daughters from the pain she experienced. But it wasn’t until she decided to get healthy for herself, rather than others, that she was able to make significant change.

Moore, who lives in Jessup, […]

Making changes to prevent a second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Julie Kubala went to the hospital last year thinking her flu had progressed to pneumonia.

It hadn’t. She was having a heart attack caused by a significant blockage found in her left anterior descending aorta.

Kubala, 48, required a stent and months of constant attention to her […]

Program sees drop in calories, salt, fats and boost in fruits, vegetables, grains

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One of the country’s top food service providers has cut by 8 percent the calories, sodium and saturated fats on the menus it provides to colleges, universities, hospital cafes and workplaces.

The news from Aramark is part of the first-year report on progress for Healthy for […]