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Watching too much TV may increase risk of dying from blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spending too much time in front of the tube every day may increase your risk of dying from a blood clot in the lung, according to a Japanese study.

From 1988-90, researchers asked 86,024 people how many hours they spent watching TV. Over the next 19 […]

For Native Americans, heart health doesn’t come easy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Karen Sopko, M.D., grew up on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and knows firsthand from her practice as a cardiologist how heart disease and the risk factors associated with it are striking the Native American community, particularly diabetes.

“Native Americans are definitely at higher risk […]

Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still […]

Older, healthy adults with systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Raising the systolic blood pressure threshold from 140 to 150 mmHg, as a new target for high blood pressure treatment in older people who don’t have chronic kidney disease or diabetes, could put this population at greater stroke risk, according to new research in the […]

Half of diabetes cases missed in U.S. Asians, Hispanics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

About half of Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans with diabetes don’t know they have it, according to new research. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes.

Of the nearly 21 percent […]

FDA warns of severe joint pain with certain diabetes drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A class of Type 2 diabetes drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors may cause severe and disabling joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The FDA warned that sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin and alogliptin were linked to 33 cases of severe joint pain from October 2006, […]

August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Researchers to explore why some are hit harder by heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers from four institutions will explore why some Americans are hit harder by heart disease and what can be done about it.

The Strategically Focused Research Network on disparities will include investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northwestern University and […]

Cardiometabolic risk factors harden arteries early in Mexican-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiometabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar, appear to have a bigger effect than obesity on hardening arteries early among Mexican-Americans, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Even among non-obese Mexican-Americans, there is already a high […]

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Heavy drinking in middle-age may increase stroke risk more than traditional factors

Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may raise stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

In a study of 11,644 middle-aged Swedish twins who were followed  for 43 years, researchers […]

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease

Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart’s smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart complications or death, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Cocaine use is […]