American Heart Association

Gallstone disease may increase heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Having gallstone disease may increase your risk of coronary heart disease, according to new research.

Gallstone disease, one of the most common and costly gastrointestinal disorders in the United States, has similar risk factors as coronary heart disease, including diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure […]

Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women under age 50 who do moderate physical activity can lower their risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Among women ages 27-44 at the start of the study, researchers found:

Women with the highest level of leisure time physical activity had a 25 […]

African-Americans with depression more likely to have strokes, heart attack

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-Americans with major depressive symptoms – perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction – had almost twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Quality and Outcomes.

While depression is recognized as a consequence of […]

Patients counseled on genetic heart disease risk feel they have more control over fate

Adults counseled on their genetic risk of coronary heart disease believe they have more control over their fate, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Researchers examined the impact of disclosing risk of 10-year heart disease with or without genetic risk information to 207 […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]

Explosive compound reduced blood pressure in the female offspring of hypertensive rats

The explosive organic compound pentaerythritol tetranitrate might one day allow pregnant women to protect their daughters from developing high blood pressure before they’re born, according to an animal study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Researchers assessed the effect of PETN on pregnant rats with high blood pressure […]

World walker: Arizona walker has nearly covered the equivalent of a trip around the world

Stanley Bronstein clearly remembers the day when he couldn’t take it anymore. He had battled obesity his entire life, and on that winter day five years ago, at 320 pounds, he felt like he had hit the bottom.

“I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes. I was just […]

Less chest pain in older and white Americans but not in blacks

The percentage of people reporting chest pain dropped in the last two decades among Americans 65 and older and whites 40 and older — but not among blacks, according to a new study.

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart isn’t getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Symptoms […]

Former VP Dick Cheney says heart troubles were always on his mind

Dick Cheney had already survived five heart attacks, the first at age 37. He’d undergone multiple surgeries, including coronary artery bypass, stenting and angioplasty.

But by the summer of 2010 the former Vice President’s heart health was in serious decline. While at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., he blacked out […]

Affordable Care Act offers essential health benefits to consumers

In the past, even with health insurance, a serious heart attack or stroke could mean financial disaster.

For example, some types of health plans excluded coverage for basic care, such as prescription drugs or hospital services. Or the plans imposed low annual coverage limits of  $5,000 or $10,000.  Often consumers didn’t realize […]