Featured highlights from EPI/Lifestyles 2016:


Red-earth-heart2 Tea drinking linked to better heart health
Drinking tea is associated with decreased coronary artery progression and a lower incidence of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks.


Red-earth-heart2 Study: Heart risks vary by occupation
Workers age 45 and older in sales, office-support or service occupations appear to have more risk factors for heart disease and stroke than workers in management or professional jobs.


Red-earth-heart2 Children tend to share caregivers’ risks
Children are often just like their caregivers when it comes to sharing metabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and unhealthy levels of abdominal fat.


Red-earth-heart2 Policies to lower prices on fruits and vegetables may help save lives
Lowering prices on fruits and vegetables may be more effective in reducing heart disease than mass media campaigns over 15 years.


Red-earth-heart2 Lazy weekends can impact body composition
A study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions said that inactivity seems to influence young adults’ body compositions — especially, when they are sedentary on weekends.


Red-earth-heart2 Daily chocolate consumption linked to better insulin levels
Eating chocolate on a daily basis may improve insulin levels and liver enzymes in affluent adults.


Red-earth-heart2 Social isolation isn’t good after heart failure
Heart failure patients who are socially isolated tend to have worse functional and mental health than their socially-connected counterparts.


Red-earth-heart2 Post-menopausal women should stay active
Post-menopausal women are less likely to die after suffering a first heart attack if they remain physically active and limit sitting time.


Red-earth-heart2 Amount of drinking matters with heart risks
Drinking alcohol is associated with an immediate higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. The risk lessens and can become protective after 24 hours for moderate drinking but remains high for heavy drinking.


Red-earth-heart2 A 10 percent price change could prevent heart disease and death
A 10 percent drop in price for healthy foods and a 10 percent increase in the price of unhealthy foods could potentially prevent a significant number of people from dying from heart disease and stroke.


Red-earth-heart2 Violence victims more likely to have blood vessel disease
Mexican women who experienced physical violence as adults were more likely to have clogged neck arteries, a major risk factor for stroke.


Red-earth-heart2 Yogurt may protect women from HBP
Women who ate five or more servings of yogurt per week had a lower risk of developing high blood pressure compared to those who rarely ate yogurt.


Red-earth-heart2 Program works to lower seniors’ BP
The American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control blood pressure reduction program helped Asian and Hispanic older adults make notable reductions in their blood pressure.


Red-earth-heart2 Optimism, heart health linked
A study presented at AHA’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions offers early evidence of a potential association between optimism and cardiovascular health among Hispanic/Latino adults.


Red-earth-heart2 Latin dancing puts pep in the step of older Latinos
A Latin dance workout can help older Latinos increase overall physical activity, researchers reported Friday.


Red-earth-heart2 Bailes latinos dan vigor a los pasos latinos de mayor edad
Una rutina de ejercicio de bailes latinos puede ayudar a latinos de mayor edad a aumentar en general su actividad física, indicaron investigadores el viernes.


Red-earth-heart2 Frequent weighing helps dieters’ resolve
People who are trying to lose weight and frequently weigh themselves report feeling equipped to handle certain situations that could trigger them to overeat.


Red-earth-heart2 Strained caregivers at higher stroke risk
Caregivers who feel they are straining under the burden of caring for a spouse with a chronic illness or disability are, themselves, at higher risk of stroke.