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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 […]

Pokémon Go may help you take steps toward better health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — You may be taking steps — literally — in the right direction for your health by playing the ubiquitous, popular Pokémon Go.

In a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the smartphone game […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training significantly […]

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: […]

Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women under age 50 who do moderate physical activity can lower their risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Among women ages 27-44 at the start of the study, researchers found:

Women with the highest level of leisure time physical activity had a 25 […]

Pokémon Go brings video games outside

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming.

The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the […]

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 […]

National Physical Activity Plan aims to get Americans moving again

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of health groups known as the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance on Wednesday released a roadmap of actions to support and encourage regular physical activity among all Americans.

“A century ago it was infectious diseases that were killing us,” said Tennessee […]

Irregular heartbeat may affect physical performance in older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

An irregular heartbeat can affect more than your heart.

Atrial fibrillation — the most common type of irregular heartbeat — also accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia […]

A few minutes of activity may cut blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

Just a few minutes of light activity for people who sit most of the day – a short stroll or some squats at your desk every thirty minutes – can lower blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at the […]