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Holiday treats, hectic schedules may increase risk of heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Between the ubiquitous goody trays, unending to-do lists and stressful travel itineraries, it can be tough to stay on track when it comes to health during the holiday season, whether it’s sticking to a diet or maintaining an exercise regimen.

Such holiday-fueled pressures may also contribute […]

December 8th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Prevention|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Holiday treats, hectic schedules may increase risk of heart attack

Tips to keep blood pressure in check this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The holidays can be filled with everything from family visits, traveling and festive meals to illness and financial concerns. For the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, these changes and stressors can lead to drastic fluctuations in blood pressure that can increase risk […]

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tips to keep blood pressure in check this holiday season

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]

Living near busy roads may be bad for heart patients’ health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While traffic-related air pollution is common worldwide and is the source of many health problems, little is known about its impact on vascular health, particularly among people with cardiovascular disease.

Now, a new study finds that exposure to traffic-related pollution is associated with peripheral artery disease […]

November 30th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Living near busy roads may be bad for heart patients’ health

Slow down at Thanksgiving – and every meal – gobbling can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Savor that Thanksgiving meal – and each one after that. People who eat too fast are more likely to become obese or develop risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a recent study.

The research, presented last week at the American Heart Association’s […]

Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

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ANAHEIM, California — The risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and death can be reduced in adults 65 and older if they’re treated for blood pressure the same way younger people are – to a systolic blood pressure of less than 130 […]

Catching up on sleep over the weekend may not help the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Using the weekend to catch up on sleep may not be good for heart health, a new study suggests.

The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, included more than 21,000 older female health care professionals without a history of […]

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 […]

Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — If you’re researching the best ways for doctors to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, it’s important for top cardiovascular experts to exhaustively analyze the best available scientific studies.

It’s also important to invite people from outside the scientific system, people who know […]

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

What is a medical guideline, and how is it created?

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Healthcare providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient.

Occasionally – as is expected with Monday’s announcement of new guidelines about treating high blood pressure – they can make big news.

But what exactly are guidelines? Why are […]