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High-dose statin drugs were more effective than low doses in Japanese patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — For years, Asian doctors haven’t had the kind of solid evidence that U.S. doctors have had to show high-dose statins could lower heart risks in their patients. But a large new study released Monday does just that.

“There has been substantial reluctance to […]

Half of patients denied insurance coverage of new cholesterol drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors were controversial as soon as they hit the market in 2015. They cost an average $14,300 a year, and prescriptions require prior authorization by health insurance companies — which a new study shows isn’t a guarantee.

Only 47 […]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Half of patients denied insurance coverage of new cholesterol drugs

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 […]

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association.

But the key word to remember is “may.”

“The research is suggestive, but not definitive,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., chairman of the group of […]

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease

Chef gives Cuban classics a healthy twist

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Some of Ronaldo Linares’s earliest memories are in a kitchen.

He remembers at age 5 standing on a milk crate, peeling potatoes at his parents’ restaurant and nightclub in Medellin, Colombia. To keep him out of trouble, they also put him in charge of […]

A tale of two cousins: How high cholesterol can be due to genetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

First cousins Lisa Lee-Ranson and Lori Young have lost more than a dozen of their relatives to heart disease.

Young’s father died after an evening jog from a heart attack at age 32, when she was only 4 years old.

Ranson’s father had his first heart attack […]

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A tale of two cousins: How high cholesterol can be due to genetics

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

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In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common.

The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the poorest, with […]

As brain problems increase, experts offer advice to keep yours healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While statistics show increasing risk for dementia and mental decline, some relatively simple actions may actually keep your brain healthy.

An American Heart Association presidential advisory issued Thursday in the journal Stroke said dementia can be avoided or delayed if people focus on behaviors and factors […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Prevention, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]