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Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

Sleep important to heart, brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Not catching enough Z’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association.

Sleep disorders are “very much” related to cardiovascular disease, said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional medicine […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday.

It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also “emphasize […]

Adults who develop asthma may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who develop asthma as adults may be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research.

“Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” said Matthew C. Tattersall, […]

Heart disease, stroke risk factors may increase in severity before menopause

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The severity of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke appears to increase more rapidly in the years leading up to menopause — especially among African-American women, according to a new study.

The risk factors, together known as metabolic syndrome, include a large waistline, high […]

Heart attack, stroke prevention is a cleaning problem, researcher says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

A Texas researcher wants to understand if a person’s genetics or cholesterol levels can predict how well […]

CDC: State prisons offer inmates options for cardiac care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

State prisons appear to be doing a good job in providing inmates with cardiac health care, with most also screening for cardiovascular risk factors, found a federal survey of state prison officials.

The report, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows cardiac […]

Heart disease, constructed from a mysterious mixture of traits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Piece by piece, researchers are working on different parts of the puzzle to control and cure heart disease. At Mount Sinai, Ron Do, […]

Fluctuations in ‘bad’ cholesterol may worsen brain function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fluctuating “bad” cholesterol levels could worsen your cognitive function.

In a European study, those with the highest low-density lipoprotein cholesterol variability took an average 2.7 seconds longer to finish a cognitive test to name ink colors or color words written in different ink (for example, the […]

Pre-stroke heart disease risk factors increase long-term risk of stroke, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People have higher risks of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia if they had  heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before their first stroke, according to a study.

Researchers compared 1,237 stroke survivors to a stroke-free group of about 5,000 people from an existing long-term […]