American Heart Association

Incoming AHA president Houser still driven by dad’s death from heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PHILADELPHIA – Once he relinquished his dream of playing in the NBA, Steven Houser began studying to become a doctor. He was in his second year of medical school at Temple University when he received an unusual call from his mom.

“You’ve got to come home,” […]

RaqC’s life changes course after mom’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Raquel Cordova’s life changed course after witnessing her mother’s stroke as a young girl. Now, the longtime TV and radio personality and blogger is raising awareness about being heart-healthy and preventing stroke to women throughout Southern California.

Cordova, who goes by the name RaqC, […]

Puerto Ricans in poorer health than other U.S. Hispanics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Puerto Rican adults living in the United States appear to have the worst health among not only their Hispanic peers, but also compared with non-Hispanic Americans, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The researchers note that considering there […]

New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High sodium intake from foods is linked to high blood pressure, but the health effects of sodium in drinking water has been less clear.

Now, a new study has found that healthy pregnant women in southwest coastal Bangladesh had their blood pressure rise if they drank […]

Exposure to air pollutants linked to high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For your heart’s sake, limit your time outdoors when pollution levels are high.

That’s the conclusion of researchers who recently found that short- and long-term exposure to air pollutants from coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood […]

World Hypertension Day draws attention to the dangers of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four million people and counting have checked their blood pressure in the U.S. in an awareness campaign meant to draw attention to high blood pressure and save lives.

The World Hypertension League challenged people worldwide to get their blood pressures checked from April 17 until World […]

Scientists propose a malaria-high blood pressure link

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Scientists say there are indications of a potentially dangerous link between high rates of malaria and high blood pressure, and they are urging more research in hopes of better addressing harmful effects of hypertension in malaria –stricken areas.

A paper by researchers in Africa and the […]

Racial disparities narrow in some areas, persist in others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The gap between whites and minorities in the U.S. is starting to narrow in some key health areas, such as infant deaths and uninsured rates. But for blacks and Hispanics, troubling disparities persist in childhood obesity and high blood pressure, new federal data […]

Nations to screen 3 million for high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure poses a global health threat, affecting nearly a billion people. Even in a developed nation like the United States, where roughly 80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, only slightly more than half have it under control.

World Hypertension Day is May […]

Pediatricians: Keep two numbers in mind when measuring BP

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keeping two numbers in mind – one for teens and another for younger children – might help busy pediatricians more easily identify which kids need to actively control their blood pressure, according to an editorial published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Although pediatricians […]