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Limit low-calorie sodas and drinks, and stick to water instead, researchers advise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People are drinking fewer diet drinks these days, and a panel of health experts agrees that’s a good idea.

A science advisory from the American Heart Association published Monday in the journal Circulation counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. […]

July 30th, 2018|Categories: Children, Diabetes, Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Research, Sugar|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Limit low-calorie sodas and drinks, and stick to water instead, researchers advise

Soccer is called the beautiful game, but injuries also can make it a dangerous one

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer.

They’ve also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict.

While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, Moroccan midfielder Noureddine […]

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Soccer is called the beautiful game, but injuries also can make it a dangerous one

Losing son inspires AHA volunteer to keep his legacy alive

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When her precious son Kyle lost his valiant, lifelong battle against heart disease at age 18, Shelly Church solemnly swore to keep his legacy alive.

“He really enjoyed his life, I think maybe because he knew it was going to be short,” she said.

In his fleeting […]

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Losing son inspires AHA volunteer to keep his legacy alive

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

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

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