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Energy drinks may give you more than a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Energy drinks may give you more than a mental and physical boost — and it’s not good for you.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 32-ounce energy drink with 320 milligrams of caffeine resulted in more profound changes in […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans that […]

A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new study suggests.

The research, published Thursday in the science journal Stroke, examined consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners but did not find that same […]

Minorities less likely to get heart device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Some healthcare providers are dropping the ball when it comes to treating women and minorities with severe heart failure, a recent […]

Fainting spells may increase risk of workplace accidents, job loss

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have fainting spells are more likely to have accidents at work and lose their jobs, new data suggest.

In a Danish study, people with recurrent fainting, also known as syncope, had a 1.4-fold increased risk of occupational accidents and a two-fold higher risk of loss of employment: […]

‘Bad’ air may impact ‘good’ cholesterol, increase heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol, according to new research.
In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high air pollution levels tended to have lower high-density […]

Japanese study: Unemployment may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Unemployment appears to increase the risk of having a stroke in middle-age men and women, according to a Japanese study.

Compared with continuously employed middle-aged Japanese participants, those experiencing at least one period of unemployment had increased risks of developing and dying from ischemic (clot) stroke […]

$3 million award to study role of extracellular matrix in heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shedding light on how a network of protein fibers that processes data plays a role in heart health is the aim of a new collaboration between two organizations.

The American Heart Association and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group will award a pair of $1.5 million […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods.

Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden.

“Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my mother,” Arciero […]

Stem cell patch shows promise in treating heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patching a damaged heart with a patient’s own muscle stem cells improves symptoms of heart failure, according to a small Japanese study.

Researchers made patches out of cells from the thigh muscles of 27 heart failure patients who had limited exercise capacity and weren’t responding well […]