American Heart Association

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings — including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral — may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, new research indicates.

The findings, however, still leave many questions about exactly how these chemicals affect the heart, both […]

November 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Not as many heart surgery patients may need to be exposed to the potential dangers of blood transfusions, according to a new study that researchers say may change current practice.

About half of all heart surgery patients receive blood transfusions, but until now […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it’s a man or woman

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR in public and far more likely to die afterward, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events that occurred between 2011 and 2015 and released their preliminary results Saturday at American Heart Association’s Scientific […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it’s a man or woman

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?

911 operators should provide CPR instructions, guidelines say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Emergency dispatchers should be taught how to give compression-only CPR instructions over the phone, according to updated CPR guidelines for adults and children issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association.

Such coaching is provided by only half of the nation’s 911 dispatchers, a 2015 study shows.

During […]

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

Teen mothers may have higher heart risk later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Past studies have shown a link between cardiovascular disease and the number of times a woman has given birth. But giving birth as a teenager may also pose heart-related risks to mothers later in life, a new study suggests.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal […]

November 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Teen mothers may have higher heart risk later in life

Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adding some spice to food may make you more aware of the taste of salt, a new study suggests.

The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, indicates that eating spicy foods may help us consume less salt — and, ultimately, lower blood pressure.

According to the […]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

Thyroid hormone levels may impact heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High levels of thyroid hormone may put older adults at risk for heart disease and death, new research shows.

In the Dutch study, published Tuesday in Circulation Research, middle-age and older people with high or high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called FT4 had double the odds […]

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New guidelines aim to prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s hard to predict sudden cardiac arrest. For people whose heart unexpectedly stops beating, roughly half didn’t have any earlier symptoms.

New guidelines issued Monday by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society may help doctors better identify people at risk […]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New guidelines aim to prevent sudden cardiac death