American Heart Association

Report: U.S. obesity rate holds steady

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After decades on the rise, obesity rates have for the second year in a row showed signs of leveling off, a new report finds.

Even so, the condition is still at epidemic proportions, with more than a third of Americans considered obese, according to the State of […]

Self-care: What is it and how do you do it?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Self-care is more important to your overall health than pretty much anything else, and the term is catching fire. But what does it really mean?

A new scientific statement issued Thursday by the American Heart Association outlines the importance of self-care in the prevention and management […]

Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Chris Figureida leaves Deadhorse, Alaska, on Wednesday on a 3,000-mile bicycle trip to San Diego, he’ll share the lonely road with moose, musk oxen and the occasional grizzly bear.

Yet some of his best adventures will take place indoors. Throughout his 78-day trip, Chris will […]

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease.

The first-of-its-kind study published in the […]

August 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Clean Air, Healthy Living, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

Video featuring Shanti Das to be shown at film festival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.

Take Me Home is a series of 12-minute mini-documentaries featuring influencers […]

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Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Prevention, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

Cutting through the saturated fat – meats, butter and tropical oils still need limits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and tropical oils raise LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, and they should be replaced with healthier options.

It seems a simple statement. But reaction to it – and the American Heart Association advisory issued last […]

Bringing the heat: Hot and spicy jambalaya satisfies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the weather heats up, so can your palate with a steaming bowl of Southern comfort food.

Spicy and as sultry as a Southern day, any jambalaya is packed with flavor. But sometimes they are also filled with saturated fat, salt and too many calories.

Jambalaya doesn’t […]

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bringing the heat: Hot and spicy jambalaya satisfies

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant.

He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — without […]

Climbing to the mountaintop to tell her message

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and could have settled into a quiet life, relishing her renewed health and extra years without a lot of excitement.

But that was never the plan for her, or her husband Craig.

“We wanted to do something remarkable,” she […]