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Study finds significant drop in hospitalizations, deaths from heart disease, stroke

The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation. 

A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association volunteer and director of […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

Lower neighborhood socioeconomic levels drive increase in heart failure readmissions

Heart failure patients living in low socioeconomic neighborhoods are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those in more affluent neighborhoods, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

The study is the first to show the effect of […]

Complex heart imaging tests may raise children’s lifetime cancer risk

Radiation from standard X-rays doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most children, but  it can for those who have complex heart disease and are exposed to large cumulative doses, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had heart surgery at Duke University […]

Living near foreclosed property may increase high blood pressure risk

Living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, according to new research released Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The study provides the first evidence that foreclosed property may affect neighbors’ systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading.

Neighborhood environment is an […]

Picking up the pace after age 65 helps the heart

Maintaining or boosting physical activity after age 65 can improve the heart’s electrical well-being and lower heart attack risk, according to a new study.

People who walked more and faster and had more physically active leisure time had fewer irregular heart rhythms and greater heart rate variability than those who […]

Mouse study finds a faulty gene may also be at fault for high blood pressure

All the mice kept dying. Fatal heart defects were wiping out litters of them in a laboratory, frustrating scientists trying to get to the bottom of a gene mystery.

But when researchers in Oklahoma finally figured it out, they stumbled on something big: a possible new contributor to high blood […]

Study links some heart birth defects to increased heart infection risk

A new American Heart Association study published Monday has found that children under age three who have had certain heart birth defects or heart surgery in the past six months may have an increased risk of heart infection.

Canadian researchers looked at data on 47,518 children with heart defects between 1988 […]

New research offers a formula to determine ‘normal’ heart size

New research has re-evaluated the “normal’ size of the heart, determining that standard measurements for heart size are outdated and don’t account for gender, age and body size.

Adjustments in the measurements are important because women and people of small build are at risk for delayed treatments since their enlarged […]

New technology uses electromagnets to more safely guide heart implants

A new procedure that uses electromagnets to help doctors  implant heart pacing devices is safer because it reduces radiation exposure for both patients and physicians.

That’s the new finding published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

The new technique, called electronmagnetic tracking, is similar to GPS tracking found in […]

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