American Heart Association

Healthcare facilities get on board with blood pressure-lowering initiative


More than 300 hospitals, clinics, healthcare centers and health systems serving a combined 32 million patients have joined a nationwide initiative launched last November to lower Americans’ blood pressure.

The American Heart Association and American Medical Association’s Target: BP program gives doctors tools and science-based recommendations […]

Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor


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An exaggerated response to too much sodium in the diet may be as dangerous as high blood pressure when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. But researchers are still years away from being able to detect and treat so-called salt sensitivity in everyday practice, […]

Pre-stroke heart disease risk factors increase long-term risk of stroke, dementia


People have higher risks of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia if they had  heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before their first stroke, according to a study.

Researchers compared 1,237 stroke survivors to a stroke-free group of about 5,000 people from an existing long-term […]

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure


Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

An essential element in the human body, magnesium is found in whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Researchers have long debated whether magnesium plays a role in regulating […]

Untreated high blood pressure significantly increases risk of bleeding stroke


Left untreated, high blood pressure may significantly increase your risk of developing a brain bleed, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds […]

Plan dramatically reduces risks of heart disease, death, amputation in PAD patients


ORLANDO, Florida – A risk reduction plan dramatically reduced the risk of amputations, heart attack, stroke or death for people with peripheral artery disease, according to new research presented Monday at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

PAD affects the legs the same way that […]

It takes a village to control blood pressure

A community-based program called “Check It, Change It” used in combination with the American Heart Association’s Heart360 and on-the-ground providers effectively reduced blood pressure among a large group of diverse patients, according to a recently published study.

The success of this pilot program was noteworthy because it demonstrated that varied and […]

Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated […]

Restricting calories may improve sleep apnea, blood pressure in obese people

Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more while […]

Using plants to produce enzyme may provide treatment for high blood pressure in lungs

Using plant leaves to produce and deliver a key enzyme may improve treatment for life-threatening high blood pressure in the lungs, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Current therapies for pulmonary hypertension don’t cure the underlying disorder and the […]