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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 […]

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Exercise could outsmart genetics when it comes to heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

Exercise, especially cardio fitness, could outweigh genetics when it comes to heart disease, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the journal Circulation, showed strength and cardiorespiratory fitness lowered the risk for heart disease across the board – whether people were categorized with low, […]

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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 […]

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Sunshine could hold clues on the timing for a severe form of heart attack, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The sun’s radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to new research that tracked a “summer shift” in their occurrence across seven countries.

Previous research has examined how these attacks – called ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMIs […]

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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 […]

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Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new study reinforces the idea that it’s never too late to start eating your veggies – especially ones like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.

Australian researchers who examined nearly 1,000 women ages 70 and older found that so-called cruciferous vegetables may be particularly […]

April 4th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

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 […]

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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 […]

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Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have babies with a heart defect have a 25 percent greater risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular issues later in life, according to a new study that says the baby’s condition could be an early warning of heart disease for some mothers.

The research, […]

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