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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 […]

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

Veterans with depression, heart disease battle to pay for care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Veterans with heart disease and depression are more likely than those without depression to struggle paying for medications and medical visits and often report delays in seeking medical care, according to a new study.

Compared to veteran heart patients without depression, those with […]

Chatting it up with doc helps heart patients take meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Patients who communicate effectively with their healthcare providers are more likely to comply with their treatment for hardened arteries, according to a new study.

Those with good communication with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report using prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs […]

Patients who trust medical profession more likely to take high blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — People who trust the medical profession are more likely to take their high blood pressure medicine, new data suggest.

In a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2017, patients who had higher levels […]

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 […]

Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coffee shops and automated teller machines might be ideal locations for automated external defibrillators, new data suggest.

In a Toronto, Canada, study, three major chain coffee shops and ATMs at the nation’s five largest banks represented eight of the top 10 spots for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight.

That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Prior studies have suggested an […]

Gluten may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Eating more gluten may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, researchers said Thursday.

In a long-term observational study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions., most participants had gluten intake below 12 grams a […]

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 […]