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  • A minute of secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels

    July 27, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Rats’ blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke, compared to recovery after a minute of breathing secondhand tobacco smoke. Arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to secondhand tobacco smoke, so the response of rat arteries to secondhand marijuana smoke is likely to reflect how human arteries might respond. With many states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, and possible corporate expansion within the cannabis industry, this type of research is important to help understand the health consequences of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke, researchers said.

  • American Heart Association Comments on Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac Care

    July 26, 2016 Categories: Advocacy News

    Washington, D.C., July 26, 2016 – American Heart Association President Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA issued the following comments on the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) newly announced bundled payment models for cardiac care:  

  • Excessive daily TV watching may increase risk of death

    July 25, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: People who watch TV for five or more hours a day appear to be at much greater risk of dying from a blood clot in the lung – a condition known as pulmonary embolism. Simple steps similar to those recommended for travelers on long plane flights, such as flexing leg muscles or standing up and stretching may reduce risk.

  • Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

    July 25, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Recreational physical activity decreases the risk of coronary heart disease in young women. Activity did not have to be strenuous to be linked with reduced heart disease risk. The benefits of physical activity applied to overweight and obese women as well as those of normal weight.

  • Baseball Hall of Famer comes out swinging against heart disease

    July 22, 2016 Categories: Program News

    DALLAS, July 21, 2016 — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew knows he is lucky to be alive. Last fall, a heart attack, cardiac arrest and heart failure left him with a weakened heart and with a machine keeping blood pumping through his body. It also left...