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

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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 waist-to-hip ratio […]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

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 increased […]

October 16th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

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 more […]

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: […]

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages every day was associated with an increase in a particular type of body fat that may affect diabetes and heart disease risk, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Data from the Framingham Heart Study — federally supported, ongoing […]

January 11th, 2016|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Obesity, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat

Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated […]

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

A doctor tackles her own blood pressure

Dr. Beth Piraino was more accustomed to treating patients than being one. But that changed four years after she checked her blood pressure and realized she was in trouble.

“It was 180/110 — really high,” said Piraino, 65, a nephrologist based in Pittsburgh who is president of the National Kidney […]

June 10th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A doctor tackles her own blood pressure

Choosing foods that meet Heart-Check certification requirements linked to better diet quality, study finds

People who report eating foods that meet the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program nutrition requirements are more likely to eat healthier and have fewer heart disease risk factors, according to a recent study.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March, evaluated survey data […]

Study questions use of BMI as health measure

A new study questions the use of body mass index (BMI) to predict the effect of obesity on health, saying it ignores important health factors such as how fat is distributed, the ratio of muscle to fat and differences in body composition. The authors call for more accurate and […]

August 23rd, 2013|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Study questions use of BMI as health measure