American Heart Association

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

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In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common.

The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the poorest, with […]

California man diagnosed with heart disease after walking 1,500-mile pilgrimage route

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Ray Rivera recalls boasting to friends about his heart health. During a span of four years, he’d walked more than 1,500 miles along the famous Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage trails throughout Spain, Portugal and France.

Then during a routine checkup in 2015, Rivera was […]

Her heart touched by social issues, doctor turns ‘probing scientific mind’ to peripheral artery disease

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Aruna Pradhan, M.D., grew up in the 1970s in Selma, Alabama, when the small Southern city was tending to wounds from its years of racial unrest.

She was bothered by things she saw and even experienced as a teenager, but she was not sure just what […]

Stroke deaths on the rise for some Americans

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Since at least the 1960s, the rate of Americans who die from stroke has been on the decline. But that progress has slowed, and in some cases reversed, according to a new federal report.

The report, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

Efforts continue to understand societal impact on health

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For decades, researchers have been piecing together the unfortunate reality that wide-ranging societal factors affect people’s health.

It’s still too early to know precisely how these things impact heart disease, stroke and other major health problems.

But, as work continues to fully understand these relationships, […]

Exposure to violence may up cardiovascular risk in women

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Mexican women who experience violence as adults may be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, a new study suggests.

The findings add to growing evidence that exposure to violence is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — an outcome researchers […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

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Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Video featuring Shanti Das to be shown at film festival

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]