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Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

African-Americans having more strokes younger, more likely to die than whites

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been known that middle-aged blacks are more likely to die of stroke than whites.

Now researchers know why: African-Americans are having more strokes at younger ages.

The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study — published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke — […]

Racial disparities narrow in some areas, persist in others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The gap between whites and minorities in the U.S. is starting to narrow in some key health areas, such as infant deaths and uninsured rates. But for blacks and Hispanics, troubling disparities persist in childhood obesity and high blood pressure, new federal data […]

Twitter chat: Lowering blood pressure among minorities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly half of African-American adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. That’s among the highest in the world.

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke, putting African-Americans at increased risk. Their overall risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that […]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but […]

Cracking the genetic code on heart problems in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Day after day at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida where Donna Arnett, Ph.D., worked as a research […]

CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories explaining the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study.

Anyone taking a common blood pressure drug should be interested in Christy Avery’s scientific research. She’s studying how these and other common prescription medications […]

Actor Lamman Rucker teams up with AHA to bring blood pressure awareness

Actor Lamman Rucker remembers watching his parents try to steer clear of fatty and highly processed foods.

But there were times when healthy choices weren’t easy. He remembers well the days of cheap, salty noodles and spaghetti from a can.

“There were days, based on economics, you ate what you could […]

Kaiser Permanente awards $2.55 million grant to AHA

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has awarded a $2.55 million grant to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve  blood pressure control for African-Americans in two U.S. cities over a three year period.

The program will depend on community-based efforts as well as doctors and patients […]

New Jersey becomes 19th state to require CPR in Schools

Laurie Heavener was talking with another mother outside her daughter’s Girl Scout meeting in Randolph, New Jersey, when her eyes rolled back in her head and she collapsed from cardiac arrest. A high school sophomore administered CPR, just one day after he received training.

More than six years later, Heavener […]

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