Chemicals used to flavor tobacco may damage blood vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chemicals used in popular flavorings like clove, mint and vanilla that are added to cigarettes, e-liquids and other tobacco products can harm blood vessel cells that help keep the heart healthy, a new study shows. More studies are needed on whether these products will increase […]

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Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with high but under control blood pressure saw a jump in their levels during exercise, an increase that mirrored the spikes seen under similar conditions among people with untreated hypertension, according to a new U.K. study. The findings open up the possibility of tailoring blood […]

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Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, sought to determine […]

Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver […]

Following new blood pressure guidelines could prevent deaths among stroke survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart […]

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 […]

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Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains. Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best […]

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High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure is one of the nation’s biggest health problems. A new study quantifies just how big: The overall cost of high blood pressure has risen to about $131 billion a year – or nearly $2,000 in higher health care expenses for each patient. […]

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Low-dose aspirin could help pregnant women with high blood pressure avoid a dangerous condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose […]

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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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The dangers of a lonely heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A heart failure patient who often feels lonely or left out is more likely to require hospitalization than one who rarely feels socially isolated, a new study shows. The assessment, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also found a higher risk […]

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Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks […]

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What’s the connection between high blood pressure and HIV?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows. Learning more about the underlying mechanisms of high blood pressure in people […]

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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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A fairy tale ending: Marriage can make a difference to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Once upon a time, there was a royal wedding planned between a handsome prince and a beautiful actress. In an English castle, they planned to profess their love before the world. The public romance of Britain’s Prince Harry and Hollywood’s Meghan Markle may seem more […]

Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who develop elevated blood pressure before age 10, according to a new study. Past studies have linked high blood pressure in both children and adults with direct […]

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AHA, Paul Allen commit $43 million to improving brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are leading a $43 million push to find the best research idea – or ideas – to improve brain health and cognitive impairment science. The AHA-Allen initiative in brain health and cognitive […]

Smoke-free laws lead to lower heart disease risk among young adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Laws and policies that prohibit smoking in workplaces and other public areas appeared to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among a group of young adults who were followed over a 20-year span, according to a new study. The findings are consistent with previous […]

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Economic issues drive disparities in heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS State-by-state disparities in heart disease and stroke are rooted in the economic health of communities and the people who live in them, according to an analysis of a report tracking the impact of cardiovascular disease across the country. Despite a 38 percent overall drop in […]

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Heart-stopping condition could come with warning signs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms. But several recent studies show that, sometimes, people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have warning signs hours – and even weeks – ahead of time. […]

Blood pressure readings often higher outside doctor’s office, researchers find

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Blood pressure readings taken outside of the doctor’s office often read higher than those in the office, a new study says. Spanish researchers found that 39 percent of people who had normal blood pressure readings at the doctor registered high blood pressure readings out of […]

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Blood test could offer life-and-death clues for African-American diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists […]

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 […]

How black cardiologists are combating a heart problem affecting millions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Doctors and African-American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists. “It is incumbent upon us as health care providers [to] do a better job […]

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 […]

New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Saving a child with heart disease whose heart has stopped requires a different approach than reviving a child with a healthy heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Cardiac arrest in the hospital is 10 times more common among children […]

Infections could trigger stroke in pregnant women during hospital delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke […]

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 […]

Study: High blood pressure and prediabetes together increase risk to heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure and prediabetes together may do more harm to the body than either one alone. The first study of its type looking into the association between slightly elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure found that prediabetes didn’t increase cardiovascular risk by […]

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 […]

A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not. But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement […]

Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Smoke from wildfires, particularly for people 65 and older, could cause an increase in emergency room visits for heart and brain-related issues, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was one of the most extensive of […]

Forging new paths along medical data highways

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS We hear a lot these days about how marketers are using big data to personalize the ads we see online for places to shop, dine or travel. What you might not know is that the intersection of science and technology is empowering researchers to analyze […]

Asthma as a kid may mean stiffer arteries as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and […]

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 […]

Low-income families hit hard by heart disease costs, even with insurance

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Out-of-pocket costs for chronic heart disease and stroke cause significant financial strain for one in four low-income families, even if they have health insurance, according to new research. Insurance failed to protect low-income families from monumental costs caused by heart disease, said Dr. Rohan Khera, […]

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 […]

Can statins help prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative — drugs to lower the odds of the aneurysm rupturing. Statins — drugs that reduce the risk of heart attack […]

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 […]

Losing ‘protective’ fat in thighs, buttocks good for the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Although past research has shown that thigh, hip and buttocks fat might actually protect against heart disease, a new study says losing fat in those areas is linked to better cardiovascular health. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes eight […]

Genetic test predicts who’s unlikely to benefit from common blood thinner

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart stent patients with a certain gene mutation may need to consider alternatives to a commonly prescribed blood thinner, a new study suggests. Researchers reported Tuesday that mutation-carrying patients are much less likely to have or die from a heart attack, stroke or other major […]

High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure before conception may increase the risk of miscarriage for healthy young women with a history of lost pregnancies, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, was the first to focus specifically on differences […]

Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have babies with a heart defect have a 25 percent greater risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular issues later in life, according to a new study that says the baby’s condition could be an early warning of heart disease for some mothers. The […]

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 […]

Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart. But in the meantime, there’s […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Your height may have affected your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke. Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular […]

Bariatric surgery in severely obese teens may greatly reduce heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Bariatric surgery in severely obese teenagers could lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by about 40 to 50 percent – and could maintain that lower risk for at least five years, a new study shows. Researchers found the benefits of […]

In women, antibiotic use linked to increased risk of death from heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s a health warning Americans have heard for years: Only use antibiotics when necessary, or you might end up with an infection that is difficult to treat because it contains bacteria that are resistant to these drugs. But there may also be other reasons to […]

Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with symptoms of depression or who take antidepressants have a 30 percent increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that increases the risk for stroke, a new study says. The research, released Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Teaching school kids the symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly to them is an effective way to potentially save lives and prevent disabilities, according to a new study done in tandem with the educational program Hip Hop Stroke. Published Thursday in Stroke, the […]

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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults […]

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 […]

War injury, PTSD linked to risk of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A higher severity of an injury during war – and of a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis later – could more than double the risk for high blood pressure, according to a new study of service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The study, published Monday […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 15, 2018 to include CORRECTED information about Christine Norton’s involvement in research, which compared clinic-based care for high blood pressure to telehealth-based care.   Christine Norton has never settled for easy answers. As a high school English teacher, she […]

Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Editor’s Note: This story was updated throughout on March 9, 2018, with event results. Retired pro football player Mark Schlereth benched 225 pounds 26 times, taming social media taunts and raising money for a cause dear to his and his granddaughter’s heart. The Facebook.com/1043TheFan live event […]

Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Patricia Nelson was leaving a restaurant after dinner last June with friends when she started hearing wind blowing in her ear before she’d even stepped outside. “I just didn’t feel right,” said Nelson, a stroke rehabilitation nurse. The 51-year-old from Atlanta knew something was wrong […]

Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One of the longest and most comprehensive studies to date has found more evidence that people diagnosed with a type of rapid or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia. The new study can’t say whether the […]

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 […]

More patients eligible for crucial stroke treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently issued new treatment guidelines that make many more patients eligible for two important stroke treatments. The guidelines – a list of recommendations for clinicians nationwide – is for the most common type of stroke, called ischemic […]

Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Women with bigger waists relative to their hips face a higher risk of heart attacks than men with a similar body shape, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that a […]

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 […]

Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A person who suffers a cardiac arrest in public has more than twice the chance of surviving if a bystander steps in to restart the heart with an automated external defibrillator before an emergency crew arrives at the scene, a new study has found. Heidi […]

Study involving mice injected with cocaine examines drug’s cellular impact

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Numerous studies have determined that cocaine use increases blood pressure and the hardening of arteries in its users, but now new research has helped pinpoint just how that actually happens on a molecular level – at least in mice. The discovery opens up potential methods […]

Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A recent study shows that most pregnancy-related heart failure occurs during the first six weeks after the baby is born. That’s an issue because usually women are discharged a few days after they deliver and don’t go back to their doctor for six weeks, so […]

9 African-American pioneers in medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The contributions of African-Americans to medicine date back to the American Revolutionary War. In honor of Black History Month, this list highlights some of the notable figures who have championed better health care access for black Americans, helped develop medical breakthroughs and broke glass ceilings […]

Women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Bystanders are less likely to give women CPR, according to a recent review of data compiled from clinics that study cardiac arrest and trauma. According to data compiled by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada, 45 […]

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Stopping daily aspirin dose can prove deadly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Stopping low-dose aspirin can cause an increase of heart attack and stroke, a recent study says. Studies have suggested that patients experience a “rebound effect” after stopping aspirin treatment, possibly due to increased clotting levels from the loss of aspirin’s blood-thinning effects. Because of the […]

Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds. Each year, at least 40,000 infants in the United States are affected by a congenital heart defect. The cause is unknown, but it’s thought […]

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 — […]

Things to know: Older Americans and blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Because of its extremely high prevalence, hypertension is a leading cause of preventable death and a contributor to premature disability and institutionalization in seniors. Reviews by medical experts of a raft of studies showed that the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death can be […]

AHA names top heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New medicines to fight heart disease, updated guidelines for strokes and high blood pressure, and research into genome editing are among the top heart disease and stroke advances in 2017, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The AHA, one of the top […]

As flu blankets the nation, a new study links the virus to heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The flu doesn’t just cause aches, chills and debilitating fatigue. A new study shows it may also increase the risk of a heart attack. The Canadian study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows a six-fold increase in heart attacks shortly after people […]

Cancer patients who have stroke less likely to get clot-busting drug

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Cancer patients having a stroke are one-third less likely than stroke patients without cancer to get a gold-standard drug to help dissolve the clot, researchers reported Friday. Strokes in cancer patients can be caused by traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure. But cancer, […]

Eye stroke patients often don’t get proper care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Most patients who suffer a stroke in the eye don’t get a follow-up evaluation that could help prevent them from later having a traditional – and potentially far more debilitating – stroke in the brain, according to a new study. An eye stroke, or retinal […]

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Strokes more severe in Asian-Americans than whites

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Asian-Americans were more likely to experience a severe ischemic stroke and to have a worse outcome compared with white patients, according to preliminary research presented Thursday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or mass clogs a […]

Simple test could help paramedics recognize dangerous back-of-the-brain strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A finger-to-nose test could help emergency medical workers better recognize a kind of stroke that affects the back of the brain, according to preliminary research released Thursday. Training paramedics in this simple assessment during a small pilot project in southwestern Michigan nearly doubled the number […]

Rare type of stroke becoming more common in pregnant women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The proportion of pregnant women who experience a rare type of stroke has increased, researchers reported Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. Overall, the risk of having a stroke during pregnancy is small, with about 34 strokes occurring for every 100,000 deliveries. […]

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 […]