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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

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?

Coronary heart disease, stroke may be less common among U.S. immigrants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

U.S.-born adults are more likely to report having been diagnosed with coronary heart disease and stroke than their immigrant peers, a new federal study shows.

The study’s lead author Dr. Jing Fang, a cardiovascular epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said learning that […]

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Coronary heart disease, stroke may be less common among U.S. immigrants

Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Your height may have affected your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for […]

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with symptoms of depression or who take antidepressants have a 30 percent increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that increases the risk for stroke, a new study says.

The research, released Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

Using hip-hop to teach kids about stroke could save lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching school kids the symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly to them is an effective way to potentially save lives and prevent disabilities, according to a new study done in tandem with the educational program Hip Hop Stroke.

Published Thursday in Stroke, the study […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, multicultural, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Using hip-hop to teach kids about stroke could save lives

More attention should be paid to heart health of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study.

The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults participating […]

March 20th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research, Stroke, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on More attention should be paid to heart health of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, study suggests

Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s long been known that breathing poor-quality air is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies also have found that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in areas near factories, freeways and other sources of environmental pollutants.

A new […]

March 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 15, 2018 to include CORRECTED information about Christine Norton’s involvement in research, which compared clinic-based care for high blood pressure to telehealth-based care.  

Christine Norton has never settled for easy answers. As a high school English teacher, she pushed […]

March 14th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research