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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...

  • Female smokers face greatest risk for brain bleeds

    July 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Bleeds in the inner lining of the brain are significantly more common among smokers, especially female smokers, than non-smokers. Even light smoking increases the risk, but the greatest risk is among heavy smokers.

  • Fluctuations in “bad” cholesterol may be linked to worse brain health

    July 18, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Greater fluctuations in “bad” cholesterol levels may be linked to declining brain health in older adults. The negative effect from fluctuations was found regardless of average bad cholesterol levels or use of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

  • Hard to treat chest pain may be improved with a patient’s own stem cells

    July 18, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Scientific Conferences & Meetings

    Study Highlights: A patient’s own stem cells may treat chest pain that cannot be treated with current therapies. Patients experienced significantly fewer angina-related symptoms and improved ability to exercise after receiving the stem-cell therapy. A side effect reported was muscle pain.

  • Pre-stroke risk factors influence long-term future stroke, dementia risk

    July 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: If you had heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, before your first stoke, your risk of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia long after your initial stroke may be higher. Taking good care of your heart disease risk factors — even if you have never experienced a stroke — is not only important to prevent the first stroke, but it can go a long way to prevent a second stroke and dementia.

  • House Bill Includes Pluses and Minuses for Heart Disease and Stroke Priorities, Says American Heart Association

    July 14, 2016 Categories: Advocacy News

    Washington, D.C., July 14, 2016 – The American Heart Association said today that the House FY 2017 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education includes some good and bad news for Americans with cardiovascular disease.

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