American Heart Association

Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

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Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking.
I’m kind of in a hurry to get to our destination and you probably are, too.
Since I know what I’m doing, I’m going to cut some time by zipping through all those boring safety checks […]

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Prevention, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

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

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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 […]

Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adding some spice to food may make you more aware of the taste of salt, a new study suggests.

The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, indicates that eating spicy foods may help us consume less salt — and, ultimately, lower blood pressure.

According to the […]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

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While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is […]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

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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 […]

Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy

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Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track.

They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat right or […]

Side effects jump after blood pressure drugs go generic

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Side effects quickly climbed among users of three common blood pressure drugs one month after generic versions became available in Canada, a new study shows.

The findings, published Tuesday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, suggest generic versions of the drugs may not be exactly equivalent to their […]

October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Side effects jump after blood pressure drugs go generic

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease

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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: Cholesterol, Health, 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 […]