American Heart Association

Dementia cases expected to reach 131 million by 2050

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the world’s population ages, there will be more and more dementia cases.

Dementia means the brain loses abilities, such as memory or communication skills. It’s caused in various ways, including strokes, narrowed or clogged arteries blocking blood flow, Alzheimer’s disease and head injuries.

Steps to protect […]

Meet 6 students making their communities healthier

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association announced the winners of its EmPowered To Serve Scholars program on Monday, awarding $1,500 scholarships to six students pursuing careers in medicine, nursing and law to help improve the health of their communities.

Ahmed Arasah from Grand Prairie, Texas

Ahmed Arasah knows firsthand that […]

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Aerobic exercise training can reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s possible to reverse some of the damage caused by all that time sitting on the sofa.

Research recently showed that middle-aged couch potatoes who participate in two years of regular aerobic exercise training can improve their risk of heart failure.

Study participants – ages 45-64 – who […]

February 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Prevention|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Aerobic exercise training can reduce heart failure risk

Say OMMMMMM – Meditating may be good for your heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, but the key word to remember is “may.”

Research suggests there is a possible modest benefit from various types of “sitting meditation.”

Some types of yoga looked at by researchers were: Samatha; Vipassana (Insight Meditation); Mindful Meditation; Zen Meditation […]

February 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Prevention|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Say OMMMMMM – Meditating may be good for your heart

McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’ about to get healthier, globally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

McDonald’s Happy Meals might be getting happier – at least from a nutrition perspective.

The fast food giant announced Thursday its worldwide goals to reduce the number of calories, limit sodium and provide more nutritional balance in the iconic meal for kids it launched in […]

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Health advocates, lawmakers discuss nation’s obesity problem

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After decades of sharp increases, the rise in obesity rates among both children and adults has slowed in recent years, according to a “State of Obesity” report discussed during a Congressional briefing Wednesday.

Despite these promising statistics, the report, released last August by […]

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Stopping daily aspirin dose can prove deadly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stopping low-dose aspirin can cause an increase of heart attack and stroke, a recent study says.

Studies have suggested that patients experience a “rebound effect” after stopping aspirin treatment, possibly due to increased clotting levels from the loss of aspirin’s blood-thinning effects.

Because of the large number […]

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Women in Congress wear red to support women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly 40 bipartisan women lawmakers wore red Wednesday to celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

The Congressional women gathered on Capitol Hill for the photo and pledged to be part of the effort to reduce women’s heart disease and stroke risks.

Heart disease […]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Women|Tags: |Comments Off on Women in Congress wear red to support women’s heart health

Study: Almonds and dark chocolate lower bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Almonds and dark chocolate can possibly reduce a risk factor of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study.

Researchers found combining raw almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, particles in the blood of overweight and obese people. […]

February 14th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Sugar|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Study: Almonds and dark chocolate lower bad cholesterol

7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s officially a very good time to check in on your heart health. February is American Heart Month, designated by the president each year to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular fitness.

It’s easy to learn about your heart health and how to improve it, […]