American Heart Association

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 for many […]

Healthier lifestyles = lower blood pressure risks for African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure for African-Americans, according to new research released Monday.

African-Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, saw their high blood […]

Energy drinks may give you more than a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Energy drinks may give you more than a mental and physical boost — and it’s not good for you.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 32-ounce energy drink with 320 milligrams of caffeine resulted in more profound changes in […]

Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research.

The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution.

Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially […]

AHA bringing better blood pressure care to people through local YMCAs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Good news for some people who get their blood pressure checked at the YMCA: A doctor will see you soon.

All across the country, many people already take part in the Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. In 10 underserved communities, the American Heart […]

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation.

Fluctuations in blood pressure readings have been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia […]

AHA statement: high blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the statement is based on multiple studies and explains how high blood pressure influences brain […]

Intensive program to lower blood pressure could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with common heart disease risk factors would participate in an intensive program to lower the top number in their blood pressure reading, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart […]

Eating more fruits, vegetables improved kidney patients’ blood pressure, cut medicine expenses in half

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — People with kidney disease improved their blood pressure and cut medicine expenses in half after adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet, in a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure 2016 Scientific Sessions.

“It was remarkable that […]