American Heart Association

Chicago entrepreneur works to change focus from managing diseases to supporting health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Growing up, Nyasha Nyamapfene recalls that her family had “more diseases than people.” Poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors were the main reasons.

“I grew up in a household focused on disease, because that was the norm,” she said. “For many communities that […]

Former NFL players found to have larger aortas, but is that dangerous?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Former NFL players are twice as likely to have enlarged aortas than the general public, according to a new study. But even the researchers admit they’re not sure whether the condition actually poses a health risk to the retired athletes.

The study screened former NFL players […]

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Physical Activity, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Former NFL players found to have larger aortas, but is that dangerous?

Exercise helps lower risk of death in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Exercising more and at a higher intensity could dramatically lower the risk of death in older women, a new study shows.

The study, published Monday in Circulation, is one of the first to investigate physical activity — measured using a wearable device called a triaxial accelerometer — and a […]

November 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Research, Women|Tags: , |Comments Off on Exercise helps lower risk of death in older women

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

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Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner.

Hispanic-American adults of any race have […]

Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy

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Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track.

They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat right or […]

Minnesota Vikings join the many NFL players helping kids get healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen and Kyle Rudolph are the latest in a long line of NFL players tackling the issue of children’s health.

The players (and plenty of kids) star in a new video released Tuesday as part of the NFL Play 60 Challenge, a nationwide in-school […]

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Obesity, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Minnesota Vikings join the many NFL players helping kids get healthy

As brain problems increase, experts offer advice to keep yours healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While statistics show increasing risk for dementia and mental decline, some relatively simple actions may actually keep your brain healthy.

An American Heart Association presidential advisory issued Thursday in the journal Stroke said dementia can be avoided or delayed if people focus on behaviors and factors […]

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 […]

New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sammy Rabin doesn’t like to brag but, until he learned he needed triple bypass surgery, he’d considered himself “the poster child for good health.”

He’d been exercising regularly for 30 years, ate a vegetarian diet and ran marathons.

“I did everything I could to stay healthy,” said […]

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

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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