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 […]

For men under 50, the more cigarettes smoked, the higher the stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked – and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research. The study, published Thursday in […]

Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS African-American adults who smoke are at higher risk of being hospitalized with heart failure than those who used to smoke or have never smoked, a new study shows. For people who smoke, the results “should add more fuel to the discussion” about quitting, said the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CPR training now offering augmented reality technology

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS  Augmented reality is transforming various aspects of medicine, and now it’s going to help train people to save lives using CPR. Augmented reality – a technology that creates views of computer-generated images in real-life environments – already includes medical uses such as training for minimally […]

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 […]

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” […]

The heart should be considered when treating breast cancer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Medical experts are trying to figure out how to decrease heart disease risk for older women who survive cancer. The American Heart Association advises heart disease be considered during breast cancer treatment since cancer outcomes can be influenced by heart health. In addition, some types […]

Heart attacks may increase after flu diagnosis, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The flu may trigger heart attacks, according to a recent study. The research was the first time a study looked at laboratory tests and showed a conclusive link. The Canadian study found a six-fold increase in heart attacks shortly after people were diagnosed. Researchers looked […]

Dementia cases expected to reach 131 million by 2050

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As the world’s population ages, there will be more and more dementia cases. Dementia means the brain loses abilities, such as memory or communication skills. It’s caused in various ways, including strokes, narrowed or clogged arteries blocking blood flow, Alzheimer’s disease and head injuries. Steps […]

Aerobic exercise training can reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s possible to reverse some of the damage caused by all that time sitting on the sofa. Research recently showed that middle-aged couch potatoes who participate in two years of regular aerobic exercise training can improve their risk of heart failure. Study participants – ages […]

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; […]

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 […]

Red Hot: Celebrity models walk the runway for women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Red dresses, heart signs and dance steps all traveled down the runway Thursday night as celebrity models showed their support in kicking heart disease by kicking off New York’s Fashion Week. Celebrity models, actresses, social influencers and musical artists all donned red designer gowns — […]

Avoiding heart disease should be considered during breast cancer treatments

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Older women who survive cancer are at much higher risk of death from heart disease, according to a panel of experts who are working to lessen that double whammy. In its first scientific statement on cardiovascular disease and breast cancer, the American […]

Most U.S. women don’t know their personal risk for heart disease, poll finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High cholesterol, diabetes and obesity can all lead to heart disease and stroke. But most American women don’t know if they’re at risk, a new poll finds. Six in 10 women are unaware of their cholesterol numbers, blood sugar levels or body mass index, according […]

Exercise resolution fizzling? These expert tips can help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Whether you’re just starting a new exercise regime for 2018 or already tinkering with your plan, congratulations – you’re among millions of Americans trying to sweat off the holiday sluggishness. Embarking on a physical activity program is a good goal, health experts say, especially if […]

For HIV patients at risk for heart disease and stroke, good preventive care may be hard to come by

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Rob Quinn suspected something was wrong when he started to feel out of breath. He was in his mid-50s and in relatively good health. But he knew breathing problems could be a sign of heart disease, which his father had died from […]

Heart-damaging effects of sitting too much could be reversed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting inactive middle-aged women and men to stick to an aerobic workout may reduce or reverse their risk of heart failure, a new study shows. Sedentary people — such as those who spend hours sitting while working or lying on the couch while watching TV — are […]

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 […]

Heart disease and stroke deaths decline slightly, new statistics find

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Deaths from heart disease and stroke have declined slightly, yet both diseases remain among the leading causes of death in the United States, new federal statistics show. A report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows heart disease remains the leading […]

Distressing experiences as a kid impact cardiovascular health later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Difficult childhood experiences — from bullying and neglect to physical and sexual abuse — are so prevalent that the American Heart Association is issuing its first scientific statement on their impact on cardiovascular health. Fifty-nine percent of the U.S. population say they experienced at least […]

Holiday treats, hectic schedules may increase risk of heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Between the ubiquitous goody trays, unending to-do lists and stressful travel itineraries, it can be tough to stay on track when it comes to health during the holiday season, whether it’s sticking to a diet or maintaining an exercise regimen. Such holiday-fueled pressures may also […]

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 […]

Pregnancy complication linked to heart failure risk, especially among Asian women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Doctors have known for some time that high blood pressure during pregnancy puts women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Now, a new study shows these women — particularly Asians and Pacific Islanders — are more likely to be […]

Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español ANAHEIM, California — The risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and death can be reduced in adults 65 and older if they’re treated for blood pressure the same way younger people are – to a systolic blood pressure of less than 130 […]

Is there a new meth-related heart failure crisis on the horizon?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California – The steady rise in methamphetamine use across the country seems to be creating its own epidemic – a new kind of heart failure case, according to new research. The study, released Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference, shows heart […]

Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California – At first, Eashan Biswas was just looking for a way to use a video game in his sixth-grade science project. But now, the aspiring doctor’s name is on a scientific study being presented on a national stage – and, more importantly, he’s […]

Off the Charts: Looking for answers about her sister’s peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Off the Charts is a series where experts answer your questions about heart and brain health. This week’s question is about peripheral artery disease, a problem that affects more than 8.5 million Americans. Q: “I am contacting you from Scotland to ask if you have any […]

As open enrollment for health insurance gets underway, health groups express support

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act – an important date you may not be aware of because the government has cut back on enrollment awareness efforts. The 2018 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (also known […]

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why. The result […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español A new study found that middle-aged Mexican-Americans faced double the risk of stroke compared with white people, with diabetes considered a major contributing factor. Ischemic strokes are the most common and occur when an artery supplying blood to the brain is blocked. […]

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 […]

Philanthropic heavyweights commit $225 million to fight heart disease, global epidemics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Three titans in philanthropy are spending $225 million over the next five years to prevent 100 million deaths from heart disease and stroke and to stop disease epidemics throughout the world. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined […]

Stroke deaths on the rise for some Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Since at least the 1960s, the rate of Americans who die from stroke has been on the decline. But that progress has slowed, and in some cases reversed, according to a new federal report. The report, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Life and limb: Know the signs of PAD

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Although many people dismiss leg pain as a normal sign of aging, the cause may be life- or limb-threatening for 8.5 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Peripheral artery disease or PAD often goes undetected and untreated. It happens when fatty deposits build […]

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 […]

Efforts continue to understand societal impact on health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español For decades, researchers have been piecing together the unfortunate reality that wide-ranging societal factors affect people’s health. It’s still too early to know precisely how these things impact heart disease, stroke and other major health problems. But, as work continues to fully […]

More education may mean a longer, healthier life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

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 […]

Awardee has seen stroke treatment transform

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The patient, young and pregnant, arrived at the hospital with a severe stroke. She couldn’t speak, comprehend or move the right side of her body. When Jeffrey Saver, M.D., started his career decades earlier, there would have been little he could do to help the […]

The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

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 […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria. A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people. Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox […]

Prevention drives volunteer leader’s efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The concept of prevention enticed David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., early in his medical career. “When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I learned a lot about the causes of heart disease,” said Goff, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at […]

Former banker uses ‘day job’ financial skills as volunteer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly three decades ago, a colleague whose son had a congenital heart defect suggested that Jim Fullerton consider helping the American Heart Association. Fullerton jumped in, working on a golf tournament committee to raise money for the AHA in Denver, and eventually joined the board […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too. “My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant. He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — […]

Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study. In general, the findings are good news because they show […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability. The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday. The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

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 […]

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association. The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and […]

Produce prescriptions: Replacing unhealthy foods with more fruits and vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The next time you stop by the supermarket pharmacy to pick up a prescription, swing by the produce section. It could be just as important to your health. “If you just went around and looked at people’s plates, most of them have […]

Snake charms researchers with possibilities of blood clot prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The lethal venom of a Southeast Asian pit viper is being considered to help create a new class of antiplatelet drugs that could prevent dangerous blood clots. Researchers from the National Taiwan University found that a protein isolated from the venom of the Wagler’s pit […]

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 […]

Organizations fund more than $550,000 in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Five research programs are receiving a total of $561,798 to fund congenital heart defect research, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced Tuesday. About 40,000 infants are affected by congenital heart defects each year in the United States, and one in four […]

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 […]

Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001. Programs that track […]

President’s budget devastating to medical research and disease prevention, AHA says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS A $7.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, as well as many other decreases would cause a “devastating blow” to medical research and leave promising work undone or put on hold, American Heart Association’s president said Tuesday about President Trump’s proposed fiscal budget. […]

Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows. It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected. “We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, […]

AHA awards $2 million for cardiovascular disease research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New studies will soon get underway thanks to a pair of million-dollar research grants announced Friday by the American Heart Association. One project will look at how to match the right drug to the right patient, and the other will attempt to extend the effectiveness […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday. The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in […]

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association. Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes […]

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 […]

Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Doctors may now be able to test people early and prevent them from developing heart failure, according to an updated guideline published Friday by three leading U.S. heart organizations. “For the first time, we really believe the data are in hand to inform how we […]

Neighborhoods play big role in heart health, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS “Location, location, location” isn’t just an old real estate cliché. It’s also a major factor when it comes to heart health, according to an overview article published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. The article studied a growing body of literature on the relationship […]

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her. “My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said. Stewart called her mom to take her to the […]

This pair has made a 2,734-mile run across all of Iowa’s counties

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It was a Christmas party brainstorm that set a more-than-seven-year course for Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker, who are finishing up marathon-length runs across all 99 counties in Iowa. The pair has run 2,734 miles across the state and on April 15 will complete their […]

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 […]

Back on the slopes after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For an extreme skier who jumps out of helicopters and prefers the Alps, a snowy hill in Pennsylvania wouldn’t seem to present much of a challenge. But that was before Mark French suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015. So getting back on his skis for […]

Patients who trust medical profession more likely to take high blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ARLINGTON, Virginia — People who trust the medical profession are more likely to take their high blood pressure medicine, new data suggest. In a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2017, patients who had higher […]

Lab researchers create possible antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Sage Wiener, M.D., has taken care of dozens of people with carbon monoxide poisoning as an emergency medicine doctor in Brooklyn. He’s relied on oxygen to alleviate the headaches, dizziness, vomiting and other symptoms – a strategy that hasn’t changed much in recent decades. But […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City […]

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat. Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s […]

Paul and Joan Rubschlager donate $2 million

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Paul and Joan Rubschlager of Chicago have donated $2 million to create the Paul and Joan Rubschlager Precision Promise Fund, which will support the American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. The Institute was established to target more effective treatment and prevention strategies for […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association. Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease. Researchers at Massachusetts […]

Music industry insider Shanti Das works on health awareness in Atlanta

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Music-industry veteran Shanti Das grew up in an Atlanta neighborhood considered a food desert — heavy on fast-food restaurants and limited on access to grocery stores with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food choices. In addition, high blood pressure runs rampant in her family […]

Internet, social media can increase stroke awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — The Internet and social media can effectively educate and engage a lot of people about stroke, according to research released Tuesday. Researchers compared results from in-person blood pressure and risk factor screenings in various community settings to a community-based public awareness campaign that […]

More than half of the biggest U.S. cities flunk review of health and well-being policies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than half of the biggest cities in the U.S. don’t have adequate policies to improve their residents’ health and well-being, according to a recent report by the CityHealth Initiative. The two-year “gold standard” analysis was commissioned by the de Beaumont Foundation, a private organization […]

Shock from heart device may increase healthcare needs, expenses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A shock from a heart device that saves people from sudden cardiac death may result in more health care, regardless of whether the shock was necessary, according to a new study. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, delivers a shock to restore a normal rhythm […]

Almost every employee in a new study faces increased risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new study found that nearly all of about 400,000 employees at large companies nationwide face increased risk of heart disease and stroke from obesity, high blood pressure, poor diet and other risk factors. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs, illustrate the […]

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 […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies. In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, […]

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Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research. The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy […]

Regular exercise may reduce African-Americans’ risk of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Regular moderate to vigorous exercise such as swimming, biking or even brisk walks can lower the risk of high blood pressure in African-Americans, according to a new study. African-Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than other racial groups in the United States. Among […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high […]

Arianna Huffington, Nancy Brown talk heart health, prevention with women in media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Media influencers met Tuesday to spark fresh ideas for fighting heart disease in women. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post co-founder and Thrive Global founder, hosted a “women in media” luncheon at a private home in New York City. The […]

Avoiding tobacco best way to avoid disease, researchers find

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting adults to quit smoking and preventing kids from ever starting are the best defenses against heart disease, stroke and other diseases, according to a new study. Experts’ rankings of the top 28 evidence-based preventive services that healthcare providers could offer were released Monday in a […]

Avoiding deadly holiday heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Amidst all the heart-warming seasonal stories this time of year, a grim fact also exists — several studies have reported an uptick in deaths around Christmas and New Year’s compared to other times throughout the year. Sometimes referred to as “holiday heart attacks,” the phenomena […]

High blood pressure on the rise in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure, a nationwide health threat, is taking an even bigger bite out of the Big Apple. More than one in four adults in New York City — 1.8 million people — say they have hypertension, a citywide increase of 11 percent over the […]