Limit low-calorie sodas and drinks, and stick to water instead, researchers advise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People are drinking fewer diet drinks these days, and a panel of health experts agrees that’s a good idea. A science advisory from the American Heart Association published Monday in the journal Circulation counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. […]

Proposed farm bill would put nutritious food further out of reach for vulnerable Americans, advocates say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The House of Representative’s proposed farm bill could have far-reaching effects on Americans living with chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, advocacy groups say. Last month, the House released its version of the farm bill that proposed sweeping changes to hunger assistance programs, including […]

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When it comes to protein, quality is more important than quantity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal. For heart health, experts say the key is moderation and choosing wisely. “Very high intake of meat, especially processed red meat, is not good for overall health,” said Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, author of a […]

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Southern diet could be deadly for people with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The large-scale study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to […]

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Multivitamins don’t ward off heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Millions of Americans take multivitamins as a quick fix for the nutrients missing from their diets. Some may think they’re good for heart and brain health. But the popular supplements don’t prevent heart disease or stroke, a new study shows. The findings, the researchers said, […]

California ban on soda taxes worries health experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS California’s new law banning taxes on sugary drinks in the nation’s most populated state handed the beverage industry a major victory. Health advocates, however, say it’s a major defeat for the public’s well-being. They’re already looking into options to repeal the law that passed Thursday […]

Binge drinking linked to risk factors for heart disease and stroke in young adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Young adults who reported binge drinking more than a dozen times in the past year were more likely to have certain risk factors for heart disease and stroke than those who binge drank less often or not at all, a new study shows. Previous studies […]

Regular tea drinking might help your heart as you age, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping “good cholesterol” as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density […]

Stress linked to behaviors that increase heart disease, stroke risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Daily stressors are associated with poor health behaviors that put African-American adults at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study finds. The results suggest that primary care doctors, cardiologists and other health care providers should ask their patients about stress to help […]

Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year. Yet even as the recovery continues – and as Puerto Ricans look ahead to the next hurricane season beginning Friday – […]

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Exercise, good nutrition can improve heart and brain health

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Exercise, good nutrition and other steps can lower your risk of heart disease. Those same steps can also improve your brain health. Some of the same risk factors affecting cardiovascular health are closely associated with the health of the brain. By embarking on a heart-healthy […]

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South Asians’ high risk of cardiovascular disease has been hidden by a lack of data

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS South Asians living in the U.S. are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say. Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka […]

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Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Oily fish may not sound appetizing, but research on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood reaffirms the health value of eating fish – particularly the oily kind – a couple times a week, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association. […]

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‘Ideal’ heart health is eluding more of us, increasing risks of heart disease and death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The percentage of people with ideal heart health – measured by scoring seven lifestyle and biological markers – declined over two decades, according to a study that found people who maintain higher health scores over time have less risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The […]

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New efforts to curb high blood pressure in Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The reality of treating high blood pressure in the world’s most populated continent is trickier these days, experts say. After guidelines recently lowered the threshold for high blood pressure, about half of adults living in Asia now have the chronic condition. That’s why a group […]

Major restaurants now required to show calories on the menu

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s officially easier to find out how many calories are in that chicken sandwich or cheeseburger. Starting Monday, calorie information must appear on menus at major restaurants and other places that sell restaurant-style foods such as supermarkets, convenience stores and movie theaters, according to a […]

How much does your doctor actually know about nutrition?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on sweets and processed foods. Increase consumption of fish, nuts and legumes. This rudimentary advice has been dished out to the public for decades, yet soaring rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses […]

Americans could live up to 14 years longer by doing five things

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Americans don’t live as long as people in most other high-income countries, but modest lifestyle changes could increase their lifespan by as much as 14 years, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, examined how lifestyle factors […]

Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science actually […]

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 […]

Healthy teeth can mean a lot more than a pretty smile

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing. The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century. Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and […]

Eat healthy, exercise, sleep enough to manage stress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS With income tax time fast approaching and spring school and work activities dominating daily life, stress can creep in. How you respond to that stress makes a difference in your mental and physical health. Excessive stress can lead to emotional and physical symptoms, such as […]

To dye for: Dip eggs into palettes of fruits and vegetables to add flavor and color naturally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Put a twist on making colorful eggs this season that is to dye for. Add pigment to eggshells this Easter holiday in an old-fashioned, natural way by using fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you offer up the produce to eat while you’re at it, it will be […]

Grill masters beware: High-heat cooking, overly done meat could increase high blood pressure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Eating grilled or barbecued meats too often, and cooking those meats too well done, could increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. A study released Wednesday compared people who eat open-flame, high-temperature cooking more than 15 times a […]

Liftoff: Astronauts need extra exercise and calories in space

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It takes physical activity to stay heart-healthy on Earth and even more to stay healthy in space. The lack of gravity in space causes hearts to slightly expand and work differently, said NASA astronaut and geophysicist A.J. “Drew” Feustel, who is scheduled to take off […]

Millions could see health benefits with changes to federal nutrition program, report finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than 40 million Americans who rely on a government nutrition program face risks for major health problems because the program lacks nutrition standards, according to a new report. The report released this week by the Bipartisan Policy Center found there are still “untapped opportunities” […]

Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating nutrients like proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids has no apparent effect on excessive sodium’s negative impact on heart health and blood flow, new research shows. The results affirm that lowering sodium intake can reduce high blood pressure, one of the major risk […]

7 healthy, tasty recipes everyone will love

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a sampling of easy-to-make recipes that are packed with flavor. These dishes make satisfying meals for everyone, and it just might inspire the younger ones in the family to spend more time in the kitchen — […]

Brrrr-ing on the healthy tips for the rest of winter

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s been a brutal winter across much of the country, and if you’re not hunkering down just trying to keep warm, you’re likely looking for fun ways to break the cabin fever. Whether you’re braving the elements for sports-watching parties, warm drinks with friends, or […]

Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Ryan Dunn said he always noticed a common issue as a social entrepreneur helping children in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina: Sugar was everywhere but healthy options were scarce. “You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and […]

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids. Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently. The tightening spread quickly. “It felt […]

Say OMMMMMM – Meditating may be good for your heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, but the key word to remember is “may.” Research suggests there is a possible modest benefit from various types of “sitting meditation.” Some types of yoga looked at by researchers were: Samatha; Vipassana (Insight Meditation); Mindful Meditation; […]

McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’ about to get healthier, globally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS McDonald’s Happy Meals might be getting happier – at least from a nutrition perspective. The fast food giant announced Thursday its worldwide goals to reduce the number of calories, limit sodium and provide more nutritional balance in the iconic meal for kids it launched in […]

Study: Almonds and dark chocolate lower bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS   Almonds and dark chocolate can possibly reduce a risk factor of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study. Researchers found combining raw almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, particles in the blood of overweight and […]

7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s officially a very good time to check in on your heart health. February is American Heart Month, designated by the president each year to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular fitness. It’s easy to learn about your heart health and how to improve […]

Things to know: 7 simple steps to a longer, healthier life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taking care of yourself can lead to a longer, healthier life. There are seven simple steps that research has shown can make a difference. Each involves making good choices and requires some discipline, but all are doable. Dubbed “Life’s Simple 7” by the American Heart […]

Plan ahead for healthy Super Bowl snacks and intercept those empty calories

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For many Super Bowl fans – along with the commercials and the halftime show – the day is all about the snacks. Wings. Chili. Pizza. But whether you are pulling for repeat contenders, the New England Patriots, or the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, all good die-hard […]

More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, AHA says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States. […]

Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Less healthy foods and beverages with more salt and calories might soon return to America’s school cafeterias under a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the rule released in November, school food service programs can now include 1 percent flavored milk […]

5 ways to eat healthier in 2018

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Bold resolutions to maintain a healthier diet are common in the new year. But the secret to sticking with nutritious eating isn’t a big, complex plan. Keeping it simple can lead to success. A healthy diet can be affordable, too, especially if thought is put […]

Chicago entrepreneur works to change focus from managing diseases to supporting health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Growing up, Nyasha Nyamapfene recalls that her family had “more diseases than people.” Poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors were the main reasons. “I grew up in a household focused on disease, because that was the norm,” she said. “For many communities […]

New survey reveals Hispanic-Americans’ attitudes toward health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hispanic-Americans are less likely to seek health screenings or preventive care compared with their black and white peers, according to a new survey that provides a detailed and ongoing assessment of the Hispanic community’s attitudes toward health care. The Healthy Americas Survey, […]

Slow down at Thanksgiving – and every meal – gobbling can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Savor that Thanksgiving meal – and each one after that. People who eat too fast are more likely to become obese or develop risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a recent study. The research, presented last week at the American Heart […]

How far apart do the houses have to be to burn off that fun-size Snickers?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The first house gives out a fun-size Snickers bar, a delicious little treat. You eat it in an instant, then walk to the next house, one mile away. Chances are your Halloween is calorie-neutral — so far. But the night is young. That’s the challenge of […]

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner. Hispanic-American adults of any […]

‘MilliGrammys’ recognize the saltiest restaurant meals in America

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Sandwiched between last month’s Emmys and the approaching Grammys ceremony in January comes a cheeky new entry in the award show category: The MilliGrammys. In a series of video spoofs released Wednesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the mock awards “recognize […]

Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track. They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat […]

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association. But the key word to remember is “may.” Your kid needs recess. Here’s why. “The research is suggestive, but not definitive,” said Glenn […]

Chef gives Cuban classics a healthy twist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Some of Ronaldo Linares’s earliest memories are in a kitchen. He remembers at age 5 standing on a milk crate, peeling potatoes at his parents’ restaurant and nightclub in Medellin, Colombia. To keep him out of trouble, they also put him in […]

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common. The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the […]

Self-care: What is it and how do you do it?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Self-care is more important to your overall health than pretty much anything else, and the term is catching fire. But what does it really mean? A new scientific statement issued Thursday by the American Heart Association outlines the importance of self-care in the prevention and […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson. To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds. “It’s about trying […]

Cutting through the saturated fat – meats, butter and tropical oils still need limits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and tropical oils raise LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, and they should be replaced with healthier options. It seems a simple statement. But reaction to it – and the American Heart Association advisory issued […]

Bringing the heat: Hot and spicy jambalaya satisfies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As the weather heats up, so can your palate with a steaming bowl of Southern comfort food. Spicy and as sultry as a Southern day, any jambalaya is packed with flavor. But sometimes they are also filled with saturated fat, salt and too many calories. […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day. You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today. Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight […]

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in their shampoos, skin creams, and even in their smoothies and coffee. Chatter spiked even more recently, after a new science […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

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Texas father changes culinary traditions for his daughter’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Giving up pancetta and canned vegetables was bad enough. It was harder to cut out garlic salt. Mike Brusa worried his Italian dishes would lose their signature flavor, but he had promised his daughter he’d cook healthier to help her get well. […]

FDA pushes back nutrition label compliance deadline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New requirements for the nutrition facts label that appears on packaged foods and drinks was delayed Tuesday, allowing food companies more time to implement the changes. The labels were redesigned to make it easier for consumers to see how many calories and added sugars are […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association. Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically […]

Food policies work, modeling study reports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented annually by food policies and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, according to a new study released Tuesday. Using a modeling approach, researchers estimated that a national subsidy to reduce the cost of fruits […]

Seattle becomes next city to tax sodas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Seattle became the ninth area of the country to pass a sugary drink tax, with a 7-1 vote Monday that imposes a 1.75-cents-per-ounce levy on distributors. Last week, a city committee passed the measure 5-2, changing the original proposal to exclude diet drinks. The amendment […]

Common artery problems as you age may be avoided or delayed, study shows

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Potentially dangerous artery problems considered common as people age may actually be avoided or delayed well into the senior years, according to new research. The risk for high blood pressure and increased blood vessel stiffness, which both increase the risk of heart disease, may be […]

Food program awarded $1 million in Massachusetts’ budget

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Massachusetts’ lawmakers unveiled the Fiscal Year 2018 capital budget plan this week, including $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program. The program, which was established in 2014 by the state legislature, will use the money to provide loans, grants and technical assistance […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention. The bill, signed into law on Friday by President […]

Menu labeling off the table … for now

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chain restaurants and retail food sellers will have another year to implement the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling requirements, after the agency extended its compliance deadline to May 7, 2018. The rule, previously scheduled to take effect Friday, was created under the Affordable Care […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate. With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was […]

Florida children take steps intended to last a lifetime

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS TAMPA, Florida – Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School is organizing a half-hour health walk on Friday, but the steps are intended to last a lifetime. “We’re going to encourage kids to try to stay healthy,” said Demir Dikmen, one of the students. […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest. The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health. But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods. Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden. “Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my […]

Study: Healthiest employees cost companies half the healthcare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in healthcare costs and were less likely to be hospitalized or visit an emergency department than employees with moderate or poor health, according to a recent study. The study offers a compelling […]

Seafood dish among winners of avocado recipe contest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Winners of the Take Avocado to Heart recipe contest were announced Wednesday, with a creamy avocado dip, fajita-stuffed tomatoes, and an avocado and blueberry smoothie bowl topping the list of winners. The American Heart Association and Fresh Avocados – Love One Today selected first, second […]

Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association. About 18.8 million adults in the United States take omega-3 […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday. Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy […]

Lack of fruits, vegetables partly to blame for global heart disease burden

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Millions of years of life lost to early deaths and disability from heart disease could be saved worldwide by eating more fruits and vegetables, a new study shows. For 195 countries, researchers calculated the number of disability-adjusted life years, which are healthy […]

Eating out may be too much of a temptation for dieters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Trying to shed a few pounds or just maintain your weight? Then you may need to cut down on eating out. According to a study presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The Arias family gatherings are about food. The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving […]

Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil may be recipe for ‘good’ cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may improve the function of “good” cholesterol in people at risk for heart disease, according to a new study. A Mediterranean diet is based on the typical eating habits in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It […]

Avocado recipe contest underway

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS What’s green and healthy and fresh all over? If you like the answer — avocado — a contest pitting avocado aficionados against each other might be appealing. The American Heart Association and Fresh Avocados – Love One Today are searching for easy, healthy and original […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease. Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as […]

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.   There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart. According to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Wednesday, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday. There are […]

Birth of grandchild spurs heart disease survivor to get fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A cardiac arrest nearly killed Anali Diaz, but it was the news that she was going to become a grandmother that spurred her to get serious about her health. For years, Diaz, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, constantly felt exhausted, but figured that was just […]

The funny bone is connected to the … everything

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Some witty women hope tickling your funny bone will get you to pay attention to the rest of your body. The plan comes from digital media company WhoHaha, whose new series of videos on nutrition, self-care and exercise is aimed at getting folks to take […]

Expert tips for following your 2017 healthy-eating resolutions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s always good idea to take charge of your health, but there’s no time like the New Year. To help you get started in 2017, several dietitians and health experts are offering up fresh approaches to keeping those resolutions. “You’ve had time to think about who […]

AHA names top 10 heart, stroke research advances of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mutations that influence coronary heart disease. Clot-retrieving strategies for strokes. Healthy lifestyle techniques to outsmart genetic fate. All of this – and more – was part of the groundbreaking work from heart disease and stroke researchers published this past year. The American Heart Association, one […]

FDA expands health claim for more fruits, vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration released an interim final rule removing the low fat and positive nutrient requirements which will apply to nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables, allowing them to make a heart health claim and be eligible for food certification programs like the American […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax; beverage industry to appeal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks survived a major challenge Monday from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. But the issue isn’t over. “We shall appeal,” said Shanin Specter, who represents the American Beverage Association and a few restaurants and […]

Study ponders whether governments should consider drink taxes based on sugar content

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taxing drinks based on how much sugar is present could be the most effective way to decrease consumption and nudge the beverage industry to reduce sugar content, according to a report released Monday by the Urban Institute. The research shows a single-tier tax on sugar […]

New hub offers simple, heart-healthy recipes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Just in time for the holidays, the American Heart Association is offering an interactive, online collection of simple, heart-healthy recipes in English and Spanish. There are more than 350 recipes and over 100 easy-to-follow videos on the hub. The hub features nutritional […]

Program sees drop in calories, salt, fats and boost in fruits, vegetables, grains

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One of the country’s top food service providers has cut by 8 percent the calories, sodium and saturated fats on the menus it provides to colleges, universities, hospital cafes and workplaces. The news from Aramark is part of the first-year report on progress for Healthy […]

Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS By July, more than 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its suburbs will begin seeing higher prices on sweetened drinks. The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed its $4.9 billion budget – including a penny-per-ounce tax on bottles, cans and fountain drinks that […]

Sugary drink sales drop nearly 20 percent after campaign

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — A new study indicates that educating the public about the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to dramatic changes in customers’ buying habits. Policy changes, coupled with community education efforts, led to a decline of nearly 20 percent of sales in […]

Sweetened beverage tax on horizon in Chicago’s Cook County

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chicago’s county stepped closer on Thursday to being the largest area in the country to institute a sweetened beverage tax. After nearly five hours of debate and dozens of speakers, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español   Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry. In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce […]

Four cities to cast pivotal ‘soda tax’ votes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Residents of four cities will cast pivotal votes this Election Day in the national movement to tax sugary beverages – with supporters saying momentum is spreading even in the face of large opposition spending. “First they laugh at you, then they fight you and then […]

Texas chef’s culinary mission comes from the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease. She made it her mission to […]

AHA statement: Preferences should be ingredient in healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Healthcare providers should consider personal, ethnic and cultural preferences and use easy-to-understand language and food examples when counseling people about eating healthy, a new American Heart Association statement recommends. “It’s one thing for professionals to summarize the data and develop guidelines, but an entirely different […]