American Heart Association

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday.

It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also “emphasize […]

Internet, mobile devices can help make healthy lifestyle changes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People are more likely to adopt heart-healthy behaviors when guided by the Internet, their cellphones or other devices, according to 23 years of research reviewed in Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Both Internet-based and mobile-based programs can help people become more physically active, eat better […]

Younger heart attack survivors have higher risk of premature death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People age 50 and younger have almost twice the risk of premature death after a heart attack — mainly due to heart disease and other smoking-related diseases, according to new research.

The study is based on data from 21,693 heart attack survivors age 50 and younger […]

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health.

Many are overweight or obese. Others […]

New FDA tobacco regulations take effect

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Starting Monday, new rules take effect that extend the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco.

FDA issued the new regulations in May after nearly two years of deliberation.

Under the new rules, manufacturers, importers and distributors […]

Higher BMI increases diabetes risk but not heart attacks, twin study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being overweight is less likely to cause a heart attack or kill you than it is to increase your risk of diabetes, according to a new study of identical twins.

Researchers used a nationwide Swedish twin registry to find twin pairs with identical DNA but different […]

Secondhand marijuana smoke damages blood vessels more than tobacco smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage your blood vessels even more than tobacco smoke.

In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel […]

Female smokers face highest risk for bleeding in brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who smoke are significantly more likely to bleed in the inner lining of the brain than men who light up and those who don’t, according to a Finnish study.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage, which accounts for 3 percent of all strokes in the United States, results from […]

CDC: 1 in 4 U.S. adults use tobacco

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Despite decades of declining cigarette use, one in four U.S. adults still use a tobacco product at least occasionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Cigarettes remain the most popular overall, but hookah and e-cigarette use was most common among 18- to 24-year-olds. It […]