Podcasts and Vodcasts
Podcasts/Vodcasts are downloadable audio recordings or short video stories that you can listen to (or watch) on your computer. Podcasts can be added to your iPod or other MP3 player. Just click on the icon below to download them or play them online. All podcasts and vodcasts below are copyright American Heart Association.
Audio News Release: Stroke drops to nation's 5th leading cause of death
Most pre-packaged meals, snacks for toddlers contain too much salt
- Most pre-packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain high amounts of sodium.
- Some toddler meals had as much as 630 mg of sodium per serving.
180,000 deaths worldwide may be associated with sugary soft drinks
- Sugar-sweetened beverages may be linked to about 180,000 deaths in the world each year.
- Countries in the Caribbean/Latin America had among the highest death rates from diabetes due to consumption of sugary beverages.
- About 25,000 deaths in the United States each year may be associated with sugar-sweetened drinks.
Southern diet could raise your risk of stroke
- Eating lots of Southern cuisine is linked to increased stroke risk.
- A Southern-style diet includes fried foods, organ meats, sugary drinks and a lot of salt.
- African-Americans are five times more likely to eat Southern foods, which may help explain their higher stroke risk
Telltale visible signs of aging may predict heart diseaseStudy Highlights:
- Visible signs of aging may predict your risk of heart disease.
- A receding hairline, baldness, earlobe crease and yellow fatty deposits on the eyelids were among signs of aging associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Recreational cocaine use linked to conditions that cause heart attackStudy Highlights:
- Recreational cocaine users may have higher blood pressure, stiffer arteries and thicker heart muscle walls than non-users — all of which can cause a heart attack.
- The Australian study is the first to document some of these cardiovascular abnormalities in seemingly healthy cocaine users long after the immediate effects of cocaine have worn off.
Eating low-fat dairy foods may reduce your risk of strokeStudy Highlights:
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- Eating low-fat dairy foods was associated with a reduced risk of stroke in adult men and women compared to those who ate full-fat dairy foods.
- Low-fat dairy is one part of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet, which effectively reduces blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke.
Stroke risk considerably higher if sibling had strokeStudy Highlights:
- If your brother or sister had a stroke, your risk of having one may be at least 60 percent higher.
- Your risk of stroke at age 55 or younger is almost double if your sibling had a stroke at 55 or younger.
- Make sure to tell your doctor if any of your siblings had a stroke, and pay greater attention to the things that put you at risk for a stroke, such as poor diet, lack of exercise and high blood pressure.
Sugar-sweetened beverages may increase cardiovascular risk in womenStudy Highlights:
- Women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages daily experienced increasing waist circumferences, developed high triglycerides, and a high risk for type 2 diabetes.
- Women may have a greater chance for developing cardiovascular disease risk factors from sugar-sweetened drinks because they require fewer calories than men .
Vascular Changes and DementiaVascular changes linked to dementia - American Stroke Association Scientific StatementStatement Highlights:
- High blood pressure is related to the development of age-related vascular cognitive impairment.
- Maintaining a healthy heart may also maintain a healthy functioning brain, according to the statement.
- Screening elderly patients for heart and stroke risk factors may also identify those at risk of dementia.