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A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not.

But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement published […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoke from wildfires, particularly for people 65 and older, could cause an increase in emergency room visits for heart and brain-related issues, according to new research.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was one of the most extensive of wildfire […]

April 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

Forging new paths along medical data highways

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

We hear a lot these days about how marketers are using big data to personalize the ads we see online for places to shop, dine or travel. What you might not know is that the intersection of science and technology is empowering researchers to analyze […]

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Precision Medicine, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Forging new paths along medical data highways

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 […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

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, […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Exercise could outsmart genetics when it comes to heart disease

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 […]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Low-income families hit hard by heart disease costs, even with insurance

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 […]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Sunshine could hold clues on the timing for a severe form of heart attack, study says

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 […]

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Can statins help prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing?

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 […]

April 4th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Obesity, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart