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Experts aim to improve treatment for heart complications in people with neuromuscular disorders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many people with neuromuscular disorders that begin in childhood are living longer thanks to advances in treating the disease and its complications, such as breathing problems.

That trend, however, has not applied to the potentially deadly heart complications associated with many of these disorders. Experts don’t […]

The link between stress and heart disease may be found in the brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

How well does your body react to a fight with a loved one? A face-off with the boss? A major loss by your favorite sports team?

It could depend on what kind of brain you have.

Stressful events trigger a temporary increase in blood pressure for many […]

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

More education may mean a longer, healthier life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates.

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live […]

Interpreting ECGs in young athletes hard for even the most experienced doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors.

The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has generated […]

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease.

The first-of-its-kind study published in the […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Study: Socioeconomics impacts children’s carotid arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Disadvantaged kids may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life, according to new research published on Wednesday.

The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, found that children from socially and economically […]

Tiny structures in the heart may provide clues to heart disease and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tiny cells in your heart and blood vessels are constantly on the move, darting in and out of microscopic structures that look a little like scaffolding around buildings.

That might sound like run-of-the-mill activity, but scientists say figuring out exactly what the scaffolding does to cells […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” said […]