American Heart Association

Caregiving costs expected to more than double, analysis finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The “informal” costs of caregiving for Americans with heart disease and stroke are projected to more than double by 2035, according to a new analysis.

Informal caregiving is a broad term, typically involving family, friends and others caring for patients outside the formal health care system […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caregiving costs expected to more than double, analysis finds

Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and stiff […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

Low-income families hit hard by heart disease costs, even with insurance

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Out-of-pocket costs for chronic heart disease and stroke cause significant financial strain for one in four low-income families, even if they have health insurance, according to new research.

Insurance failed to protect low-income families from monumental costs caused by heart disease, said Dr. Rohan Khera, lead […]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Low-income families hit hard by heart disease costs, even with insurance

Can statins help prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative — drugs to lower the odds of the aneurysm rupturing.

Statins — drugs that reduce the risk of heart attack and […]

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Can statins help prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing?

Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Although past research has shown that thigh, hip and buttocks fat might actually protect against heart disease, a new study says losing fat in those areas is linked to better cardiovascular health.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes eight years […]

April 4th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Obesity, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April.

For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had […]

Genetic test predicts who’s unlikely to benefit from common blood thinner

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart stent patients with a certain gene mutation may need to consider alternatives to a commonly prescribed blood thinner, a new study suggests.

Researchers reported Tuesday that mutation-carrying patients are much less likely to have or die from a heart attack, stroke or other major complication […]

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Precision Medicine, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Genetic test predicts who’s unlikely to benefit from common blood thinner

High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure before conception may increase the risk of miscarriage for healthy young women with a history of lost pregnancies, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, was the first to focus specifically on differences in […]

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage

‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has been coming to spring training since the mid-1960s. But when he walked into the clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training facility, it was the first time with a new heart.

If you have questions or comments about this story, […]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Heart of 29, multicultural, Patients, Rod Carew|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

Healthy teeth can mean a lot more than a pretty smile

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing.

The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century.

Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and some have […]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Healthy teeth can mean a lot more than a pretty smile