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 […]

For pregnant women, heart failure most likely in weeks after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After her third child was born, Golda Black complained to her doctors about a persistent cough while lying down, along with fatigue, dizziness and chest pains. As she looked for possible explanations online, heart failure kept appearing in her results. “My husband thought I was […]

Cardiac arrest survivors have trouble returning to work, social life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Tom Parker was 32 when his heart suddenly stopped. At home in Washington, D.C., his wife quickly started CPR with guidance from a 911 dispatcher. An emergency medical technician arrived on the scene minutes later. Using a portable defibrillator, he shocked Parker’s heart to get […]

Study: Unfit U.S. Army recruits may pose threat to military readiness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Obesity and physical inactivity aren’t just health issues for our country. They’re a threat to national security. That’s the contention of a new study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and potentially, a way to focus more attention on the need to […]

Stroke patients at higher risk for suicide attempts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Strokes can be disabling, leaving survivors to confront many challenges during their recovery. Now, a new Asian study shows survivors are at higher risk for attempting suicide, especially if they are younger, less affluent and have a physically demanding job. Researchers analyzed data from more […]

Where you live may impact heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People living in deprived neighborhoods have a higher risk of heart failure regardless of their socioeconomic status, according to a new study. Past research has linked heart failure with a person’s individual socioeconomic status, a general term which includes income, education and occupation. But the […]

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 […]

Mental stress puts the squeeze on women’s blood vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ’Tis the season for last-minute holiday shopping to generate anxiety – over whether presents will arrive on time and how much money is being spent – and the headaches over guests and travel. But a new study hints that people with heart disease, particularly women, […]

In unmarried patients with heart disease, study finds higher risk of death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with heart disease who are unmarried, in particular those who are widowed, may have a higher risk of dying than those who are married, according to a study published Wednesday in Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers have previously reported studies that found […]

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 […]

Hispanics born outside U.S. more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hispanics born abroad who now live in the United States have higher odds of dying from cardiovascular diseases than U.S.-born Hispanics, a new study shows. The findings suggest Hispanics born outside the United States — who make up about a third of all […]

Heat-not-burn cigarettes may still harm the heart, as FDA mulls approval

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS An up-and-coming smokeless cigarette currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration for sale in the U.S. may not be as harmless as the tobacco industry claims, according to a new study in rats. The cigarette, a heat-not-burn device called IQOS, works by heating […]

Deadly heart damage can occur with non-heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Surgery for problems unrelated to the heart can damage heart cells — and it could be deadly for some patients, a new study finds. A study published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that heart cell damage that occurs during or after […]

Living near busy roads may be bad for heart patients’ health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS While traffic-related air pollution is common worldwide and is the source of many health problems, little is known about its impact on vascular health, particularly among people with cardiovascular disease. Now, a new study finds that exposure to traffic-related pollution is associated with peripheral artery […]

Eating almonds and dark chocolate lowers bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating nearly one-third a cup of almonds a day — either alone or combined with almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons of cocoa a day — may reduce a risk factor for coronary heart disease, according to a new study. The […]

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings — including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral — may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, new research indicates. The findings, however, still leave many questions about exactly how these chemicals affect the heart, […]

Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Not as many heart surgery patients may need to be exposed to the potential dangers of blood transfusions, according to a new study that researchers say may change current practice. About half of all heart surgery patients receive blood transfusions, but until […]

Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it’s a man or woman

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR in public and far more likely to die afterward, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events that occurred between 2011 and 2015 and released their preliminary results Saturday at American Heart Association’s […]

Former NFL players found to have larger aortas, but is that dangerous?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Former NFL players are twice as likely to have enlarged aortas than the general public, according to a new study. But even the researchers admit they’re not sure whether the condition actually poses a health risk to the retired athletes. The study screened former NFL […]

911 operators should provide CPR instructions, guidelines say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Emergency dispatchers should be taught how to give compression-only CPR instructions over the phone, according to updated CPR guidelines for adults and children issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association. Such coaching is provided by only half of the nation’s 911 dispatchers, a 2015 study […]

Exercise helps lower risk of death in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Exercising more and at a higher intensity could dramatically lower the risk of death in older women, a new study shows. The study, published Monday in Circulation, is one of the first to investigate physical activity — measured using a wearable device called a triaxial accelerometer — and […]

Teen mothers may have higher heart risk later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Past studies have shown a link between cardiovascular disease and the number of times a woman has given birth. But giving birth as a teenager may also pose heart-related risks to mothers later in life, a new study suggests. The study, published Wednesday in the […]

Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Adding some spice to food may make you more aware of the taste of salt, a new study suggests. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, indicates that eating spicy foods may help us consume less salt — and, ultimately, lower blood pressure. According […]

Thyroid hormone levels may impact heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High levels of thyroid hormone may put older adults at risk for heart disease and death, new research shows. In the Dutch study, published Tuesday in Circulation Research, middle-age and older people with high or high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called FT4 had double the […]

New guidelines aim to prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s hard to predict sudden cardiac arrest. For people whose heart unexpectedly stops beating, roughly half didn’t have any earlier symptoms. New guidelines issued Monday by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society may help doctors better identify people at […]

Half of patients denied insurance coverage of new cholesterol drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors were controversial as soon as they hit the market in 2015. They cost an average $14,300 a year, and prescriptions require prior authorization by health insurance companies — which a new study shows isn’t a guarantee. Only […]

Heart truths about breast cancer treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In a way, Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October — is also Cardiac Effects Awareness Month. Or at least it should be, many oncologists, cardiologists and survivors believe. After all, when Barbara Collins received a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer at age 52 in […]

High thyroid hormone levels may up risk for irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS   Researchers may have found a new risk factor for an irregular heartbeat: high thyroid hormone levels. Older people with higher levels of thyroid hormone were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than people with lower levels, even when levels were within the normal range, according […]

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 […]

Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic patients, blood glucose levels may spike during recovery. Such spikes are problematic: People diagnosed with acute stress hyperglycemia are more likely to die […]

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 […]

Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A type of irregular heartbeat that greatly increases the risk for stroke develops much earlier in men, a new study shows. Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver. Left untreated, it increases the risk of heart-related death and is linked to a five-fold […]

After a heart attack, one in four survivors call it quits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Many heart attack survivors return to work soon after recovery, but not all of them stay, a new study shows. The findings, published Wednesday in Journal of the American Heart Association, show one in four survivors leave their job within a year after returning to work. Earlier […]

Side effects jump after blood pressure drugs go generic

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Side effects quickly climbed among users of three common blood pressure drugs one month after generic versions became available in Canada, a new study shows. The findings, published Tuesday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, suggest generic versions of the drugs may not be exactly equivalent to […]

Scientists: Public should have a say in gene editing of human embryos

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Public opinion should help guide the future use of gene editing to alter the DNA of human embryos and their offspring, according to a new survey of researchers. Most of 300 cardiovascular researchers surveyed — 72 percent — oppose germline gene editing without public input, […]

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Study suggests ‘full-term’ pregnancy may need narrower definition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Studies have shown strong links between preterm births and future health risks such as heart failure. But being born early, yet still within the full-term range, may also pose heart-related risks later in life, a new study suggests. The findings could have far-reaching implications in […]

A new hope for heart failure comes from umbilical cords

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The blood from a baby’s umbilical cord is teeming with stem cells — the “blank slate” cells with the ability to become a muscle cell, a brain cell or any other type of cell in the body. A team of scientists in Chile have used […]

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Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from one […]

Can spraying bacteria in your face actually have health benefits?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Spraying bacteria in your face for health reasons sounds like something straight out of a late-night TV commercial. It sounds even stranger when you consider a potential health benefit was discovered while studying something else entirely, and that the bacteria-spray company’s founder uses it instead […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows. In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without […]

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The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check. New research released Thursday indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long-term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. […]

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 […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds. The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to […]

Tall men and women more likely to suffer deadly blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Being tall may increase the risk of blood clots in the leg veins or lungs in both men and women, according to a new Swedish study that examined government health records of nearly 3 million people. While other research has noted the correlation, this study […]

Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Patients using a smartphone device to monitor their heart rhythm were almost four times more likely to detect an irregularity than those receiving routine medical care, a new study shows. However, some say the roughly $10,000 cost of each detection is too pricey, especially considering […]

Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nicknamed the “silent” killer, high blood pressure is perhaps none more so than among young adults, new data suggest. Compared to middle-aged and older adults, the rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is much lower in young adults, according to the study […]

Experts aim to improve treatment for heart complications in people with neuromuscular disorders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Many people with neuromuscular disorders that begin in childhood are living longer thanks to advances in treating the disease and its complications, such as breathing problems. That trend, however, has not applied to the potentially deadly heart complications associated with many of these disorders. Experts […]

Brain scans show specific areas of the brain where activity predicted blood pressure during stress. Cool colors (blue-green) mark brain areas where activity predicted lower blood pressure under stress. Hot colors (red-yellow) mark areas that predicted higher blood pressure under stress. (Image courtesy of Peter Gianaros, Ph.D.)

The link between stress and heart disease may be found in the brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS How well does your body react to a fight with a loved one? A face-off with the boss? A major loss by your favorite sports team? It could depend on what kind of brain you have. Stressful events trigger a temporary increase in blood pressure […]

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation. Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to […]

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 […]

Interpreting ECGs in young athletes hard for even the most experienced doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors. The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has […]

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 […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Study: Socioeconomics impacts children’s carotid arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Disadvantaged kids may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life, according to new research published on Wednesday. The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, found that children from socially and […]

Tiny structures in the heart may provide clues to heart disease and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Tiny cells in your heart and blood vessels are constantly on the move, darting in and out of microscopic structures that look a little like scaffolding around buildings. That might sound like run-of-the-mill activity, but scientists say figuring out exactly what the scaffolding does to […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” […]

Quitting cholesterol drugs may raise risk of another stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs three to six months after their first stroke face a higher risk of another stroke, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Those who’d had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations. One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart […]

Gaining even a little weight could up heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Putting on a few pounds over time may hurt the heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research. Researchers examined heart scans and body fat measurements of more than 1,200 heart disease-free adults, and then again seven years later. They found that […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]

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Scientists make tiny human hearts from rat hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It may soon be easier to test new heart drugs for safety and effectiveness. Scientists have created a miniature human heart by introducing human cells into the matrix of a whole rat heart. The tiny hearts could also make it easier to confirm basic science findings. Researchers […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, […]

Stent coated with Viagra may help prevent blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coating heart stents with the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known by the generic name sildenafil, could one day reduce blood clots and re-narrowing of arteries, according to new research. Stents prop open heart arteries to help restore blood flow to the heart, lowering the risk […]

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said. “Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms […]

FDA, health groups call for better strategies to test heart drugs in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration and three major health organizations are calling for a shakeup in how drugs are developed and tested in children with heart disease and other conditions. In a health policy statement issued Thursday, the groups said drug trials must be flexible […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests. In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac […]

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 […]

U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Investment in heart disease research pays dividends in improved health and reduced health costs, but current levels of funding are not keeping up with patient needs, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday. “We invest a mere 2.5 cents per day per […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more […]

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 […]

Regular exercise may lessen stroke severity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Being physically active may boost the brain’s fight against the world’s No. 2 killer, according to new research. About 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and 129,000 die. But exercising could lessen the severity of stroke later in life, according to research that will […]

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 […]

Giddy up and jam: Horses, music may boost stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A little horsing around to music may be good therapy for stroke survivors. In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapies improved survivors’ perception of recovery, gait, balance, grip strength and cognition years after their stroke. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study. An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart […]

Combo of smaller meds may just be the dose to lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Combined smaller doses of blood pressure medications may be effective with fewer side effects than standard single doses, according to preliminary research. In the first review to compare quarter-dose therapy to standard dose and placebo, researchers found that two medications in combination was just as […]

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 […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest. In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven […]

Study sounds the snooze alarm for people with metabolic syndrome

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting enough sleep may be a life or death matter for people with a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors. In a new study from Penn State University, people with the multiple heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome were […]

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, […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research. Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids […]

More fruits, vegetables a day may keep blockages in legs away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may help keep peripheral artery disease away. In a new study on 3.7 million people, those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had 18 percent lower odds of […]

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 […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates vary widely depending on where you live

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The good news is that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States declined 50 percent over the last 35 years, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bad news is that there are […]

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 […]

Heart failure patients readmitted to same hospital may fare better

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart failure patients readmitted to the same hospital within a month are discharged quicker and more likely to survive, according to a new Canadian study. Among 217,039 heart failure patients in Canada from 2004 to 2013, those readmitted to the same hospital were discharged an […]

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 […]

Study: 70 percent of sodium intake comes from restaurant, processed foods

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Restaurant foods and processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in three U.S. regions, a new study shows. The average level of dietary sodium consumed per day in each region was 3,501 milligrams — over 50 percent more than the […]

Stretching may reduce leg pain in peripheral artery disease patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS MINNEAPOLIS — Simple calf muscle stretching may reduce leg pain when walking and increase blood flow for people with peripheral artery disease, preliminary data suggest. In a study presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions, […]

Compound in red wine may reduce artery stiffness in diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS MINNEAPOLIS — A natural compound in red wine, peanuts, berries and the skin of red grapes may reduce artery stiffness in some people with Type 2 diabetes, new data suggest. In a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study. Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) […]