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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 […]

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 […]

Hollywood silent on request to give R rating to movies with smoking

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The silent film era ended nearly a century ago, but Hollywood is still mute when it comes to demands to change its rating system to award an R rating to most movies that feature tobacco.

Last August, the American Heart Association and 16 other health and […]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Tobacco|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Hollywood silent on request to give R rating to movies with smoking

Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kendra Plumley didn’t spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn’t a choice. She had to protect her new […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Children, Healthy Living, Heart Failure, Patients, Women|Tags: , |Comments Off on Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who develop elevated blood pressure before age 10, according to a new study.

Past studies have linked high blood pressure in both children and adults with direct exposure […]

May 14th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids

New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saving a child with heart disease whose heart has stopped requires a different approach than reviving a child with a healthy heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Cardiac arrest in the hospital is 10 times more common among children with […]

April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

Friends get kids off the couch; the outdoors helps them be more active, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hanging out with friends can make kids less sedentary, but having inviting outdoor spaces and nearby parks can help them be more physically active, according to new research.

Both are important for kids’ health, said Tracie Barnett, lead author of a study based on data mined […]

April 13th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Friends get kids off the couch; the outdoors helps them be more active, study suggests

Caregiving costs expected to more than double, analysis finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The “informal” costs of caregiving for Americans with heart disease and stroke are projected to more than double by 2035, according to a new analysis.

Informal caregiving is a broad term, typically involving family, friends and others caring for patients outside the formal health care system […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caregiving costs expected to more than double, analysis finds

Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and stiff […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have babies with a heart defect have a 25 percent greater risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular issues later in life, according to a new study that says the baby’s condition could be an early warning of heart disease for some mothers.

The research, […]

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease