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Heart failure patients readmitted to same hospital may fare better

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart failure patients readmitted to the same hospital within a month are discharged quicker and more likely to survive, according to a new Canadian study.

Among 217,039 heart failure patients in Canada from 2004 to 2013, those readmitted to the same hospital were discharged an average […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]

Energy drinks may give you more than a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Energy drinks may give you more than a mental and physical boost — and it’s not good for you.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 32-ounce energy drink with 320 milligrams of caffeine resulted in more profound changes in […]

Stem cell patch shows promise in treating heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patching a damaged heart with a patient’s own muscle stem cells improves symptoms of heart failure, according to a small Japanese study.

Researchers made patches out of cells from the thigh muscles of 27 heart failure patients who had limited exercise capacity and weren’t responding well […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural teeth […]

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries prematurely

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drinking alcohol heavily over years may prematurely age your arteries — increasing heart disease risk, according to a U.K. study.

Researchers found that men were more likely to be heavy drinkers and were at risk for accelerated rates of arterial stiffness that interferes with blood flow […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents of […]

Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research.

The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: […]

Marital bliss may improve your chances of surviving a stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Marital bliss is good for your health.

That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that showed people in a stable marriage and never divorced or widowed had the best prospects of surviving after a stroke.

“Our research is the […]

People with acute coronary syndrome at increased risk of suicide

By AMERICAN HEART ASOCIATION NEWS

People with acute coronary syndrome — a condition in which the heart’s blood supply is suddenly blocked —  have a higher risk of suicide, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers identified 41,050 people 35 years or older in the […]