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Take Your Dog to Work Day highlights health benefits of our furry friends

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s impossible for anyone to pet a dog, or even just share a story about one, without breaking into a smile.

There’s an absolutely paws-itive reason for this.

Studies have shown that engaging with dogs and other pets can boost the body’s production of “happy hormones” such […]

Luckily, her daughter was home – and remembered what her science teacher said a few days before

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn’t going like it should.

She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed globs of toothpaste out of the tube, seemingly everywhere but onto the bristles of her brush.

“I started to […]

New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans – but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t.

It’s a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should […]

Higher weight gain in first-time pregnant moms could boost chance for dangerous condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Higher weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women giving birth for the first time, new research shows.

The study published Monday explored how weight affects preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy condition related to gestational high blood pressure. Ten million women around the world develop […]

June 18th, 2018|Categories: Health, Obesity, Research, Women|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Legal battle threatens coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

         

A legal challenge seeking to remove insurance coverage protections for pre-existing conditions would have a devastating impact on millions of people in need of care, the American Heart Association and other patient advocates say in a new court filing.

The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Legal battle threatens coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions

Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!”

Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Prevention|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During her first pregnancy in 1994, Sophia Boulanger developed gestational diabetes and was later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Then in 2011, Boulanger was told she had 90 percent blockages in all five vessels supplying blood to the heart.

The quintuple bypass surgery that followed was […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Stroke|Tags: , |Comments Off on Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

Chemicals used to flavor tobacco may damage blood vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Chemicals used in popular flavorings like clove, mint and vanilla that are added to cigarettes, e-liquids and other tobacco products can harm blood vessel cells that help keep the heart healthy, a new study shows.

More studies are needed on whether these products will increase cardiovascular […]

June 14th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Chemicals used to flavor tobacco may damage blood vessels

Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oscar Washington Jr. thought he was taking care of his heart. He went to the doctor every three months to stay on top of his high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He exercised regularly but was still shaken by the passing of his dad to […]

June 13th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with high but under control blood pressure saw a jump in their levels during exercise, an increase that mirrored the spikes seen under similar conditions among people with untreated hypertension, according to a new U.K. study. The findings open up the possibility of tailoring blood […]

June 12th, 2018|Categories: High Blood Pressure, Patients, Physical Activity, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise