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High thyroid hormone levels may up risk for irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Researchers may have found a new risk factor for an irregular heartbeat: high thyroid hormone levels.

Older people with higher levels of thyroid hormone were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than people with lower levels, even when levels were within the normal range, according to a […]

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is […]

Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic patients, blood glucose levels may spike during recovery. Such spikes are problematic: People diagnosed with acute stress hyperglycemia are more likely to die […]

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner.

Hispanic-American adults of any race have […]

Singing cardiologist gets the band back together

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Unfortunately, a Beatles reunion will never happen. But for the lucky people of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rick and the Arrhythmics returned for a long-awaited (by some, at least) encore.

Back in the 1980s, the band, which included several local doctors, specialized in rowdy, three-chord classic rock, including […]

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Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A type of irregular heartbeat that greatly increases the risk for stroke develops much earlier in men, a new study shows.

Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver. Left untreated, it increases the risk of heart-related death and is linked to a five-fold increased […]

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CDC: Obesity rates hit a new high

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The obesity epidemic in America is getting worse, new federal data show.

As of 2015-2016, about four in 10 U.S. adults were obese, up from 37.7 percent during 2013-2014.

The news for children and teens isn’t much better. Overall, nearly 19 percent were obese in 2015-2016, up […]

Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many teenagers, Jillian Marks had a flair for the dramatic as she navigated adolescence. Then she encountered real drama, provided by a word that young people don’t expect to hear: stroke.

“I do tend to overreact,” said Jillian, a sophomore at the State University of […]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

While Chicago area’s soda tax fizzles with a repeal vote, advocates vow to fight on

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Less than two months after Chicago’s Cook County began collecting a tax on sugary drinks, local lawmakers on Wednesday repealed it. But advocates for the so-called soda tax said they would continue their push across the country.

“Despite today’s setback in Cook County, we remain optimistic […]

October 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Sugar|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on While Chicago area’s soda tax fizzles with a repeal vote, advocates vow to fight on