American Heart Association

FDA commissioner calls for information sharing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Researchers, healthcare providers and patients all must recognize that sharing information is key to the future of medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf said Sunday.

Califf, speaking during the annual Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture during the American […]

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 […]

CDC: 5 million on Medicare not taking blood pressure meds as prescribed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Only about half of Americans age 65 and older with high blood pressure have it under control, and not taking medications as prescribed might help explain why.

One in four Medicare beneficiaries — about 5 million — are not following doctor’s orders for taking their blood […]

U.S. death rate rises slightly in 2015, as heart disease deaths level off

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The overall death rate among Americans after adjusting for age rose slightly in 2015 — the first increase in a decade — with heart disease deaths basically flat and stroke deaths on the rise, preliminary federal data show.

The numbers out this week from […]

CDC awards second round of grants to community health programs

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday a second round of funding to the American Heart Association and other national organizations for its Partnerships to Improve Community Health program.

The initiative works to reduce the number of people with chronic diseases and helps underserved groups, […]

Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

A Million Hearts reaches halfway mark

A Million Hearts, a federal collaboration to prevent 1 million strokes and heart attacks by 2017, is at its halfway mark. And while organizers said Tuesday there are many shining examples of innovative prevention programs across the country, they also rallied for more public-private partnerships.

“Small, smart sustained actions can […]

Report shows obesity disparities disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics

A new analysis of weight statistics nationwide shows how the rate of obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans and Hispanics, with much of the disparity hinging on economics and access to healthy food and safe environments.

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, released Thursday by the Trust […]

Adults with disabilities have higher rates of high blood pressure

More adults with disabilities have high blood pressure than adults without disabilities, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that 34 percent of adults with disabilities versus 27 percent without them had high blood pressure. In particular, it affected more people with […]

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