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Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001.

Programs that track quality of […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven times […]

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 […]

President’s budget devastating to medical research and disease prevention, AHA says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

A $7.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, as well as many other decreases would cause a “devastating blow” to medical research and leave promising work undone or put on hold, American Heart Association’s president said Tuesday about President Trump’s proposed fiscal budget.

AHA […]

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 […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became […]

More fruits, vegetables a day may keep blockages in legs away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may help keep peripheral artery disease away.

In a new study on 3.7 million people, those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had 18 percent lower odds of PAD […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday.

The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in support […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates vary widely depending on where you live

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The good news is that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States declined 50 percent over the last 35 years, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bad news is that there are […]

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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.

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in […]