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Study uncovers more kidney failure decades after children’s heart transplants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who had heart transplants as children have an increasing risk of kidney failure over time, researchers found when they connected databases that separately tracked the two conditions in thousands of people.

The study findings showed kidney failure was more extensive than previously thought, said Swati […]

App can detect irregular heartbeat by looking at your face

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers in Hong Kong have successfully used an iPhone camera and smartphone app to identify people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Users simply align their face with a red circle on the phone screen, and the app, called Cardiio Rhythm, calculates a […]

New heart pump works better than older model

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A next-generation heart pump outperformed an older version in advanced heart failure patients, early results from a new study found.

The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, take on the function of pumping blood to the body. For some of the […]

New device helps ease symptoms of heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — People with a type of heart failure for which there are no treatments saw their symptoms improve using a heart device to improve blood flow to the body, a new study suggests.

About half of heart failure patients have a type called heart […]

Diet rich in omega-3s lowers blood pressure in young, healthy adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent high blood pressure in healthy young adults, new research suggests.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, mostly found in fish and some types of plant oils. Researchers measured blood pressure and the amount […]

AHA bringing better blood pressure care to people through local YMCAs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Good news for some people who get their blood pressure checked at the YMCA: A doctor will see you soon.

All across the country, many people already take part in the Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. In 10 underserved communities, the American Heart […]

Prices for generic heart failure drugs vary widely

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Prices for generic drugs to treat heart failure can vary so widely that uninsured patients may not be able to afford them, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 175 pharmacies in the greater St. Louis area encompassing eastern Missouri and neighboring Illinois to […]

Heartburn drugs may increase the risk of stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Popular heartburn medication may increase the risk of ischemic stroke.

The stroke risk appears to be greatest with the highest dose of the proton pump inhibitors, known as PPIs.

“PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia,” […]

Americans need to up potassium, cut sodium in their diet

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium but only half of recommended potassium.

In a study presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, researchers studied 827 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, analyzing 24-hour urine samples taken as part of the 2014 […]

Yo-yo dieting dangerous even if not overweight

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Yo-yo dieting — repeatedly losing and regaining weight — increased the risk of dying from heart disease among postmenopausal women who started out at a normal weight in a new study.

“Weight cycling is an emerging global health concern associated with attempts of weight loss, but there […]