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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 […]

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

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 […]

August 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nicknamed the “silent” killer, high blood pressure is perhaps none more so than among young adults, new data suggest.

Compared to middle-aged and older adults, the rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is much lower in young adults, according to the study published […]

August 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

Efforts continue to understand societal impact on health

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For decades, researchers have been piecing together the unfortunate reality that wide-ranging societal factors affect people’s health.

It’s still too early to know precisely how these things impact heart disease, stroke and other major health problems.

But, as work continues to fully understand these relationships, […]

The link between stress and heart disease may be found in the brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

How well does your body react to a fight with a loved one? A face-off with the boss? A major loss by your favorite sports team?

It could depend on what kind of brain you have.

Stressful events trigger a temporary increase in blood pressure for many […]

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , |Comments Off on Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]