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How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing.

That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance.

More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses […]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage.

Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by […]

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen.

She was watching the movie “Unbroken” when that feeling […]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

Take Your Dog to Work Day highlights health benefits of our furry friends

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s impossible for anyone to pet a dog, or even just share a story about one, without breaking into a smile.

There’s an absolutely paws-itive reason for this.

Studies have shown that engaging with dogs and other pets can boost the body’s production of “happy hormones” such […]

June 21st, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Take Your Dog to Work Day highlights health benefits of our furry friends

Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oscar Washington Jr. thought he was taking care of his heart. He went to the doctor every three months to stay on top of his high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He exercised regularly but was still shaken by the passing of his dad to […]

June 13th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, sought to determine whether […]

June 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of being electrocuted.

So when emergency responders kept administering shocks to his […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is one of the nation’s biggest health problems.

A new study quantifies just how big: The overall cost of high blood pressure has risen to about $131 billion a year – or nearly $2,000 in higher health care expenses for each patient.

That makes […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of […]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

Mother of the bride survives heart attack on Mother’s Day

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Belinda Waggoner is the type of person who gives her all to everything she does.

She devoted so much to the human resources company she founded that she wound up with high blood pressure. So her focus became getting healthy. She started by walking, then upped […]

May 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mother of the bride survives heart attack on Mother’s Day