American Heart Association

High blood pressure more prevalent in low-, middle-income countries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in history, prevalence of high blood pressure is higher in low- and middle-income countries, according to new research.

In a 2010 data analysis involving more than 968,000 people from 90 countries, more than 30 percent of adults worldwide live with high blood […]

17 million steps later, Minnesota man is on the road to good health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It wasn’t until a coworker suffered a devastating stroke that Tracy McKibben took a long, hard look at the stressful, sedentary lifestyle he was leading as an IT database administrator in a Minneapolis suburb.

“I’m 5-foot-8 and at the time I weighed 198 pounds,” McKibben recalls, […]

CDC: State prisons offer inmates options for cardiac care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

State prisons appear to be doing a good job in providing inmates with cardiac health care, with most also screening for cardiovascular risk factors, found a federal survey of state prison officials.

The report, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows cardiac […]

Healthcare facilities get on board with blood pressure-lowering initiative

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Language no barrier in multilingual blood pressure program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hortensia Perez ignored her doctors’ advice for years. Exercise and eat healthy, they urged the high blood pressure patient. But it wasn’t until last fall, when her doctor added two new diagnoses — high cholesterol and the early stages of diabetes — that […]

Physician of the Year helps raise awareness about high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When his dad was diagnosed with diabetes, Raymond Townsend got busy taking care of him – even though he was only 10 years old.

Townsend, already a science lover who had a chemistry set and dreams of someday inventing something important, was eager to help.

“It was […]

Prehypertension during pregnancy could lead to cardiovascular risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Pregnant women with even subtle blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of normal may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome after giving birth, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Blood pressure guidelines — which don’t distinguish between pregnant women […]

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

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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, […]

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