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Can spraying bacteria in your face actually have health benefits?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spraying bacteria in your face for health reasons sounds like something straight out of a late-night TV commercial.

It sounds even stranger when you consider a potential health benefit was discovered while studying something else entirely, and that the bacteria-spray company’s founder uses it instead of […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows.

In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without preeclampsia. […]

The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check.

New research released Thursday indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long-term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

“These results […]

Philanthropic heavyweights commit $225 million to fight heart disease, global epidemics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Three titans in philanthropy are spending $225 million over the next five years to prevent 100 million deaths from heart disease and stroke and to stop disease epidemics throughout the world.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds.

The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to be […]

Tall men and women more likely to suffer deadly blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being tall may increase the risk of blood clots in the leg veins or lungs in both men and women, according to a new Swedish study that examined government health records of nearly 3 million people.

While other research has noted the correlation, this study is […]

Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients using a smartphone device to monitor their heart rhythm were almost four times more likely to detect an irregularity than those receiving routine medical care, a new study shows.

However, some say the roughly $10,000 cost of each detection is too pricey, especially considering the […]

Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nicknamed the “silent” killer, high blood pressure is perhaps none more so than among young adults, new data suggest.

Compared to middle-aged and older adults, the rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is much lower in young adults, according to the study published […]