American Heart Association

Many to walk in honor of Florida furniture entrepreneur’s memory

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kevin Koenig had a heart of gold, but it suffered from disease.

At age 41, the South Florida furniture king suffered his first heart attack. He scoffed when doctors told him he needed bypass surgery and did his own research while recovering at home. It was […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

“The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to […]

For Hispanic and Latino smokers, quitting is about family and culture

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Beatrice smoked her first cigarette when she was 7 years old. By 13, she was a regular smoker.

The mother of two quit smoking in her late 30s, inspired by her sons.

“When my son was 11, he wrote me a letter and in it […]

Death by cigarette: Author reflects on mom’s addiction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Writer Joe Konrath’s mother had five strokes, two heart attacks and numerous other health problems, but she still didn’t stop smoking. In fact, she kept smoking as long as she could before she died.

Laura Konrath’s obituary in the Chicago Tribune drew widespread attention because her […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday.

There are several […]

Smokeless tobacco thrown out of Tampa Bay Rays’ ballpark

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Chewing tobacco, dip and snuff won’t be allowed at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, following a ban approved this week by the St. Petersburg, Florida, city council.

“[The vote] sends a simple and powerful message to kids: baseball and tobacco don’t mix,” Matthew L. Myers, […]

Black adults who are heavy smokers may be more likely to develop diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

He knows cigarettes are bad for him. He knows years of smoking cause the pain in his lungs when he runs up and down the basketball court. But Terrence Raper said he’s not quitting any time soon.

“My health is not really a major concern of […]

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 […]

Surgeon General’s report warns e-cigarettes a ‘public health threat’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The growing use of e-cigarettes among young people is a “public health threat,” according to a new report released Thursday by the U.S. Surgeon General.

The report is the first detailed federal review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on the nation’s youth. It comes […]

Study suggests even ‘light’ smoking can kill you

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers, even if they averaged less than one cigarette a day over their entire lifetime, were 64 percent more likely to die early than those who never smoked, according to research from the National Cancer Institute.

The risk jumped to 87 percent for those who averaged […]