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American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown calls consumer technology a health game-changer


Consumer technology is a “true game-changer for health,” American Heart Association Chief Executive Nancy Brown said Friday at the 13th Annual Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston.

As patients and consumers take increasingly active roles in their heart and brain health through mobile technology, the relationship […]

Healthy food movement gaining steam with food trust funding


For millions of Americans, geography might be the biggest barrier to a healthy diet.

Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states where advocates are pushing state legislatures to create easier access to healthy, affordable options in “food deserts” — which the Department of Agriculture […]

Legacy Leader Eugene Calman stays active, devoted


Eugene Calman believes the secret to a long life is staying active.

At age 88, he is involved with historical societies, the Lion’s Club and Mensa. He’s often in his garage, tinkering and restoring a 90-year-old circus calliope and his collection of antique cars. He devotes […]

Low health literacy linked to heart failure deaths after hospitalization


People who have difficulty understanding health information are more likely to die following hospitalization for acute heart failure, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The findings suggest that it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of their patients’ […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories explaining the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study.

Anyone taking a common blood pressure drug should be interested in Christy Avery’s scientific research. She’s studying how these and other common prescription medications […]

Decline in heart health can start in childhood

Heart health, which is optimal for most at birth, can decline substantially with unhealthy childhood behaviors, according to research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

“Our findings indicate that, in general, children start with pretty good blood pressure,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., senior […]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘Going nuts’ may help heart health

“Going nuts” might actually be heart-healthy, according to the latest study to examine the association of nut and peanut consumption with mortality.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined nut and peanut intake and mortality in three separate groups over an average of six years and found […]

March 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ideal heart health not only impacts heart, but also future ability to function

Cardiovascular health impacts how well people function in the years to come, even if they’ve not had a stroke or heart attack, according to research at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers studied more than 3,200 adults in Northern Manhattan, looking for indicators of “ideal cardiovascular health […]

Deadline nearing for healthcare enrollment

AmandaJean Beaulieu, a 32-year-old stroke survivor, welcomed 2015 with one less thing to worry about—health insurance coverage.

Despite her pre-existing medical condition that deemed her too high of a risk under previous insurance plans, she – like the 7.3 million uninsured Americans with a history of heart disease – is […]

January 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a year after having a heart attack, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Social support is the […]