American Heart Association

‘Bad’ air may impact ‘good’ cholesterol, increase heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol, according to new research.
In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high air pollution levels tended to have lower high-density […]

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight.

That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Prior studies have suggested an […]

Public health groups: Healthcare legislation needs to be affordable, accessible, adequate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and 10 other public health groups joined together this week to release their stance on possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Consensus Health Care Reform Principles outlines the groups’ criteria for what needs to be jn any new health care […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]

Notable deaths of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease and stroke touch people from all walks of life, including celebrities. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17 million people a year. Here is a look at some of the well-known people with […]

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fine particulate matter air pollution may cause blood vessel damage and inflammation in healthy young adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

“These results substantially expand our understanding about how air pollution contributes to cardiovascular disease by showing that exposure is associated with a cascade of […]

First-of-its-kind study reveals differences in cardiovascular risk factors among U.S. Hispanics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Ramona Santana signed up right away when a woman came to her door to recruit her for a study about the health of U.S. Hispanics and Latinos.

The 63-year-old has Type 2 diabetes and hopes researchers find a cure.

“Almost everyone [I know] has diabetes,” […]

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 […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we now […]