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  • Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries over time

    February 20, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlight: Heavy alcohol drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease, compared to consistently moderate drinkers.

  • Shock from heart device often triggers further health care needs

    February 14, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may trigger an increase in health care needs for many patients, regardless whether the shock was appropriate needed or not. Whether the shock was appropriate or...

  • Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil may boost ‘good’ cholesterol

    February 13, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A Mediterranean diet, particularly when enriched with virgin olive oil, appears to improve the function of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol, in patients at high risk for heart disease. A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may help the body remove excess cholesterol from arteries, serve as an antioxidant and keep blood vessels open—all of which are known to reduce cardiovascular risk.

  • Pregnancy and heart disease research highlighted in special women’s-focus journal issue

    February 02, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Women who had multiple pregnancies are at greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm. Unrelated research found that delivering a premature baby may be associated with later cardiovascular disease, regardless of other risk factors. These findings are among new research in the inaugural Go Red for Women issue in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

  • Seven heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

    February 01, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: At least $41 billion annually in Medicare costs could be saved if beneficiaries adopted five to seven of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 healthy habits to reduce cardiovascular disease. Having more “ideal” Life’s Simple 7 factors was associated with a lower risk for hospitalizations and cardiovascular disease-related outpatient physician visits. Health costs were markedly higher for those with fewer ideal Life’s Simple 7 factors.

  • Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD

    February 01, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Many parents – particularly mothers – of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to long-term health and behavioral problems in children, a new study calls for additional research on the severity and persistence of parental mental health problems and to develop screening and training for parents as part of pediatric cardiac care.

  • Meal planning, timing, may impact heart health

    January 30, 2017 Categories: Scientific Statements/Guidelines, Heart News

    Statement Highlights: Planning and timing meals and snacks, such as not skipping breakfast and allocating more calories earlier in the day, might help reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Large studies tracking patients’ cardiovascular health over a long period are needed to show how meal timing and patterns impact disease risk.

  • Regular exercise may reduce high blood pressure risk in African Americans

    January 30, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Regular moderate to vigorous physical activity can reduce the risk of high blood pressure in African Americans. Finding ways to reduce this risk is important because African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than any other racial group in the United States.

  • Latest statistics show heart failure on the rise; cardiovascular diseases remain leading killer

    January 26, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    DALLAS, January 26, 2016 — The number of adults living with heart failure increased from about 5.7 million (2009-2012) to about 6.5 million (2011-2014), according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

  • Blacks, Hispanics less likely to achieve blood pressure control

    January 17, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Blacks and Hispanics with high blood pressure are less likely than whites to get their condition under control. Lack of healthcare insurance and younger age increases the treatment and control gap between these minority groups and whites. The percentage of all adults receiving medicine for high blood pressure increased during the study period.

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