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Not enough sleep can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Some preliminary research shows that older women who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have poor cardiovascular health.

Since sleep disturbances typically increase for women as they age, researchers studied what impact that has on their health.

They followed about 21,500 women health professionals between […]

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids.

Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently.

The tightening spread quickly.

“It felt like someone was […]

Women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bystanders are less likely to give women CPR, according to a recent review of data compiled from clinics that study cardiac arrest and trauma.

According to data compiled by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada, 45 percent […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

Becoming an Olympian? Probably not. But lifelong fitness is still within reach.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The dedication and athleticism on display during the Winter Olympics is awesome to watch, both as exhilarating entertainment and as a reminder of just how impossible these feats can seem for us mere mortals.

But a few of the U.S. Olympic Team’s veteran athletes […]

February 12th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Becoming an Olympian? Probably not. But lifelong fitness is still within reach.

After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam.

Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it may […]

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission