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 […]

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 […]