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  • Time of arrival at hospital impacts time to treatment and survival of heart attack patients

    July 29, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Study shows heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during weeknights, weekends and holidays have a 13 percent increased risk of dying compared with those arriving during regular business hours. On average, time to receive angioplasty was 16 minutes faster for people who arrived during business hours. Time of day was not associated with delays in aspirin administration, imaging tests or intravenous clot-busting medications. Compared to previous reports, the researchers observed lower in-hospital deaths and improved door-to-needle times.

  • Patient Advocates Pleased with 4th District Decision

    July 22, 2014 Categories: Advocacy News

    WASHINGTON – July 22, 2014 – Below is a joint statement of the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit:

  • Patient Advocates Disappointed with Court Decision on Premium Tax Credits in Federal Marketplaces

    July 22, 2014 Categories: Advocacy News

    WASHINGTON – July 22, 2014 – The nation’s leading groups representing patients with and survivors of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke issued the following statement today in response to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the case of Halbig v. Burwell.

  • Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

    July 21, 2014 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Probiotics – a bacteria in yogurt and supplements – appear to modestly lower blood pressure, according to a review of nine studies. The blood pressure-lowering effect from probiotics was greatest among people with elevated blood pressure. Additional studies are needed before doctors can confidently recommend probiotics for high blood pressure control and prevention.

  • Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

    July 17, 2014 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Women sexually abused in childhood may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early marker of cardiovascular disease in midlife. Psychosocial factors are important to the development of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women in the United States. Awareness of the long-term mental and physical consequences of sexual abuse in childhood needs to be heightened nationally.