American Heart Association

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 […]

Elderly heart attack survivors rarely picked up stop-smoking prescriptions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Elderly smokers who were discharged from the hospital after having a heart attack rarely filled prescriptions for medications that might help them quit smoking. That was despite being counseled about the need to quit during their hospital stay.

According to a preliminary study […]

Smoking a pack or more a day increases diabetes risks among blacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day increases the risk of diabetes among black people, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers studied nearly 3,000 black participants in the Jackson Heart study, who reported their […]

Smokers more likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

If you smoke, you’re twice as likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to a study released Thursday.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the large artery that supplies blood to the belly, pelvis and legs. The bulging occurs without symptoms, unless the […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in the […]

New guidance to treat life-threatening infections of vascular grafts, stents

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The first guide to diagnose, treat and prevent infections of blood vessels, grafts and endovascular devices was issued Thursday by the American Heart Association.
Infections can occur after procedures to open clogged arteries or to place devices that prevent aneurysms from rupturing, said vascular surgeon John […]

Health groups sue FDA for withholding tobacco regulations

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Anti-tobacco groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Food and Drug Administration to force the agency into issuing a final rule for graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleges that the […]

Why Puerto Ricans smoke more than any other U.S. Hispanic group

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Researchers have known for some time that Hispanic and Latino adults in the United States are overall less likely to smoke cigarettes than their white and black peers. But federal data show that one Hispanic group is more likely to smoke than all […]

Fort Worth residents target workplace smoking

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The image of a smoked-filled bar might sound like a thing of the past, but in Fort Worth, Texas, there’s still a fight to clear the air in workplaces and public places.

Texas has no statewide indoor smoking law for bars, restaurants, private workplaces or government […]

Smoking leaves historical ‘footprint’ in DNA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoking leaves its “footprint” in your DNA, according to research released Tuesday.

The new findings suggest that DNA methylation — a process by which cells control gene activity — could reveal a person’s smoking history and provide researchers with potential targets for new therapies.

“These results are […]