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Coronary heart disease, stroke may be less common among U.S. immigrants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

U.S.-born adults are more likely to report having been diagnosed with coronary heart disease and stroke than their immigrant peers, a new federal study shows.

The study’s lead author Dr. Jing Fang, a cardiovascular epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said learning that […]

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Coronary heart disease, stroke may be less common among U.S. immigrants

Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart.

But in the meantime, there’s a […]

March 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

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Your height may have affected your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for […]

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

Bariatric surgery in severely obese teens may greatly reduce heart attack, stroke risk

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Bariatric surgery in severely obese teenagers could lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by about 40 to 50 percent – and could maintain that lower risk for at least five years, a new study shows.

Researchers found the benefits of the stomach-reduction […]

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Obesity, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Bariatric surgery in severely obese teens may greatly reduce heart attack, stroke risk

Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with symptoms of depression or who take antidepressants have a 30 percent increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that increases the risk for stroke, a new study says.

The research, released Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

War injury, PTSD linked to risk of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A higher severity of an injury during war – and of a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis later – could more than double the risk for high blood pressure, according to a new study of service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The study, published Monday in […]

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on War injury, PTSD linked to risk of high blood pressure

Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As with most Saturdays, Michael King was on the basketball court refereeing another game in 2011 when he started feeling hot and tired. He stepped outside for some fresh air. A friend went to check on him but couldn’t find a pulse, even though King […]

March 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s long been known that breathing poor-quality air is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies also have found that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in areas near factories, freeways and other sources of environmental pollutants.

A new […]

March 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 15, 2018 to include CORRECTED information about Christine Norton’s involvement in research, which compared clinic-based care for high blood pressure to telehealth-based care.  

Christine Norton has never settled for easy answers. As a high school English teacher, she pushed […]

March 14th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research

Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patricia Nelson was leaving a restaurant after dinner last June with friends when she started hearing wind blowing in her ear before she’d even stepped outside. “I just didn’t feel right,” said Nelson, a stroke rehabilitation nurse.

The 51-year-old from Atlanta knew something was wrong and […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research