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Fainting spells may increase risk of workplace accidents, job loss

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have fainting spells are more likely to have accidents at work and lose their jobs, new data suggest.

In a Danish study, people with recurrent fainting, also known as syncope, had a 1.4-fold increased risk of occupational accidents and a two-fold higher risk of loss of employment: […]

Japanese study: Unemployment may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Unemployment appears to increase the risk of having a stroke in middle-age men and women, according to a Japanese study.

Compared with continuously employed middle-aged Japanese participants, those experiencing at least one period of unemployment had increased risks of developing and dying from ischemic (clot) stroke […]

Mexican-Americans may get less intense stroke rehab

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Life after a stroke can be marred by significant impairments, with survivors having to relearn how to speak, walk or carry out day-to-day activities such as cooking and getting dressed. That’s why stroke rehabilitation is recommended to aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods.

Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden.

“Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my mother,” Arciero […]

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 […]