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America’s food security problem and how to fix it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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 […]

Can spraying bacteria in your face actually have health benefits?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spraying bacteria in your face for health reasons sounds like something straight out of a late-night TV commercial.

It sounds even stranger when you consider a potential health benefit was discovered while studying something else entirely, and that the bacteria-spray company’s founder uses it instead of […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows.

In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without preeclampsia. […]

The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check.

New research released Thursday indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long-term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

“These results […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

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 […]

Stroke deaths on the rise for some Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Since at least the 1960s, the rate of Americans who die from stroke has been on the decline. But that progress has slowed, and in some cases reversed, according to a new federal report.

The report, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

What Katrina can teach us about disrupted cardiac care after Hurricane Harvey

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When patients with cardiac health issues face evacuation due to flooding, fire or other natural disasters, a spike in stress and anxiety levels may be only the beginning. For sudden, jarring, life-changing events—like that of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana this past week—can markedly […]

Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients using a smartphone device to monitor their heart rhythm were almost four times more likely to detect an irregularity than those receiving routine medical care, a new study shows.

However, some say the roughly $10,000 cost of each detection is too pricey, especially considering the […]