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Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became […]

More fruits, vegetables a day may keep blockages in legs away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may help keep peripheral artery disease away.

In a new study on 3.7 million people, those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had 18 percent lower odds of PAD […]

Compound in red wine may reduce artery stiffness in diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS — A natural compound in red wine, peanuts, berries and the skin of red grapes may reduce artery stiffness in some people with Type 2 diabetes, new data suggest.

In a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular […]

Later years ‘golden’ when heart is healthy at middle age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with no major heart disease risk factors in middle age stay healthy and live longer, according to a 40-year study.

Compared to those who had two or more high risk factors in middle age, those who reached age 65 without a chronic illness lived an […]

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 […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans that […]

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 […]

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 […]