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., […]

Conjoined twins defy death with surgery that separates their hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Jacquelyn Clark found out she was pregnant with twins, her joy turned quickly to despair. Scans showed the girls were conjoined at the heart and liver. Their chances of surviving were slim.

But on Wednesday, doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study.

After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates of […]

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 […]

From being on life support to playing dress-up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The delivery of their first child was rough, and Kacie and Alejandro Torres looked forward to an easier one with their second, another girl.

But the then-24-year-old mother knew something was wrong as soon as she saw Emma. Medical staff yelled for chest compressions […]

Portland prepares for Safe Routes to School program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cities, counties and school districts in the Portland, Oregon, area can have staff dedicated to encouraging kids to walk or ride their bikes to school and to determining street safety projects around schools with newly earmarked funds totaling $3.5 million.

The Metro Council’s Joint Policy Advisory […]

Pediatricians: Keep two numbers in mind when measuring BP

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keeping two numbers in mind – one for teens and another for younger children – might help busy pediatricians more easily identify which kids need to actively control their blood pressure, according to an editorial published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Although pediatricians […]

CDC: Boston makes strides with schools’ sugary drink policy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harvard researchers found that Boston Public School’s sugary drink policy helped 90 percent of the 115 schools meet the state’s nutrition standards for competitive beverages.

Competitive beverages are drinks sold outside of the federally reimbursable school meal program, including soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and […]

Mississippi now requires nutritious snacks in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Mississippi Department of Education will now require snacks sold at school to meet the same nutritional standards as breakfast and lunch.

The education department voted and passed the rules last week that will apply to any foods sold either in vending machines or a la […]

Children with congenital heart disease not performing as well in school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children with congenital heart disease do not perform as well in school as children without birth defects, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers used North Carolina third-grade public school records to compare end-of-grade test results for children […]

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