American Heart Association

Pets, the not-so-secret weapon to help patients recover from what ails them

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Scott Vande Zande had a serious stroke 15 years ago, his beloved golden retriever Hollie was key to his recovery.

“I had to learn to speak again, but there were times I couldn’t talk,” said the Seattle engineer. “I’d come home, and I was so […]

April 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Patients|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pets, the not-so-secret weapon to help patients recover from what ails them

Managing stress at work can help employee well-being, productivity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Encountering some stress at work is inevitable, especially when big projects and major deadlines loom.

Some stress actually can enhance your performance in the short term. But when stress constantly creeps in and leads to unhealthy habits and illness, its impact on employees and employers can […]

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Managing stress at work can help employee well-being, productivity

Exercise routine unexpectedly reveals heart disease for man in his 30s

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ricky Reyes had just begun a high-intensity exercise program to get in better shape. But instead of feeling energized, the workouts left him exhausted and with spasms in his back, arms and jaw.

His fitness trainer had previously told him his body was still adapting to […]

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Exercise routine unexpectedly reveals heart disease for man in his 30s

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 […]

April 24th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

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 […]

April 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 7 heart-health facts about people and their pets

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