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  • Recent asthma may be linked with abdominal aneurysm rupture

    February 11, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Recent active asthma may increase the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm and rupture in adult patients. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dangerous weakening of the main blood vessel in the body and may lead to rupture and sudden death. Asthmatic adults were significantly more likely than non-asthmatics to develop abdominal aortic aneurysm.

  • Older, healthy adults with systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk

    February 01, 2016 Categories: Program News

    Study Highlights Raising the systolic blood pressure threshold from 140 to 150 mmHg as a new target for high blood pressure treatment in people 60 and older could increase stroke risk. The increased stroke risk associated with systolic blood...

  • Prehypertension in late pregnancy linked with underweight newborns, stillbirths

    February 01, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Women who develop prehypertension late in their pregnancies may be more likely to deliver underweight or stillborn babies than women whose blood pressure remains normal. Women who experienced a rise of 15 points or more in diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) and develop prehypertension were at the greatest risk of giving birth to an underweight baby. Women that experienced a rise in diastolic blood pressure during pregnancy but didn’t reach prehypertension still had an increased risk of a having an underweight baby.

  • American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok Team Up to Transform Heart Health

    February 01, 2016 Categories: Program News

    NEW YORK CITY (February 1, 2016) – Today, the first day of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) announced plans to develop a first of its kind workplace health solution that leverages the cognitive computing power of IBM Watson.

  • American Heart Association Statement on New WHO Report “Ending Childhood Obesity”

    January 27, 2016

    Reference: The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) [] DALLAS, January 27, 2016 – The following statement is from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, on a report on...