American Heart Association

Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science […]

Heart attack at fire station leaves crew working to save one of their own

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as “gas.”

“We’d been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I’d spent the day climbing up and down ladders,” Spagnoletti recalled of the night in 2012. “I […]

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Heart attack at fire station leaves crew working to save one of their own

Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-American adults who smoke are at higher risk of being hospitalized with heart failure than those who used to smoke or have never smoked, a new study shows.

For people who smoke, the results “should add more fuel to the discussion” about quitting, said the study’s […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

Friends get kids off the couch; the outdoors helps them be more active, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hanging out with friends can make kids less sedentary, but having inviting outdoor spaces and nearby parks can help them be more physically active, according to new research.

Both are important for kids’ health, said Tracie Barnett, lead author of a study based on data mined […]

April 13th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Friends get kids off the couch; the outdoors helps them be more active, study suggests

More employers look to boost employee health and well-being

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With so much time spent at work, the office seems a logical place to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

A growing number of American employers are doing exactly that through workplace health programs. Their aim: to improve employee health and productivity and reduce absenteeism due to illness […]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on More employers look to boost employee health and well-being

7 heart-health facts about people and their pets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Americans spend their lives with their pets – sharing habits, walks and sometimes even the bed.

To help celebrate National Pet Day on April 11 – yes, it is an actual holiday – here are seven heart-health facts about dogs, cats and the humans who love […]

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Exercise could outsmart genetics when it comes to heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

Exercise, especially cardio fitness, could outweigh genetics when it comes to heart disease, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the journal Circulation, showed strength and cardiorespiratory fitness lowered the risk for heart disease across the board – whether people were categorized with low, […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Exercise could outsmart genetics when it comes to heart disease

Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new study reinforces the idea that it’s never too late to start eating your veggies – especially ones like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.

Australian researchers who examined nearly 1,000 women ages 70 and older found that so-called cruciferous vegetables may be particularly […]

April 4th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Although past research has shown that thigh, hip and buttocks fat might actually protect against heart disease, a new study says losing fat in those areas is linked to better cardiovascular health.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes eight years […]

April 4th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Obesity, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April.

For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had […]