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Sunnier outlook may translate into a healthy heart for Hispanics, Latinos

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Maria Hernandez was miserable when she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She didn’t understand how to manage the disease and thought it was a death sentence. Her frustration motivated her daughter, Rosalba, then a public health graduate student, to look at how […]

CycleNation to offer biking options to improve heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Newly created CycleNation is offering different events across the nation to encourage people to get off their sofas and on to their bicycles.

CycleNation, sponsored by Amgen Cardiovascular and CycleBar, encourages people to use road bikes, stationary bikes and community indoor cycling classes to get brain […]

Healthy heart equals healthy brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A healthy heart may have major benefits for preventing the decline in brain function that sometimes accompanies aging, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers studied a racially diverse group of older adults and found that having more ideal cardiovascular health […]

Achieving Life’s Simple 7 reduces more than heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

Achieving the seven heart-health metrics of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 also helps reduce many other chronic diseases, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers analyzed the health information of 6,814 adults, who were followed for an […]

Global experts discuss studies linking heart health and brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The critical link between heart health and brain health — and the need for a strong public health message about it — is on the international stage this week, as health leaders gather in Geneva for the 68th annual World Health Assembly.

A Tuesday event during the weeklong meeting examined recent […]

Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study […]

Small weight gain can raise blood pressure in healthy adults

Gaining just five pounds can increase your blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Many people understand the health dangers of large amounts of extra body weight, but reasearchers in this study wanted to see the impact of […]

Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem:

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 […]

Potassium-rich foods cut stroke, death risks among older women American

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]