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  • Gaining a few pounds may increase long-term heart failure risk

    July 19, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Modest weight gain over time may alter the structure and function of heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure. Researchers say maintaining weight and avoiding weight gain may be an important strategy to prevent changes in heart muscle that could lead to heart failure.

  • Government funds dwindle for cardiac arrest research

    July 12, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Despite being a leading cause of death, annual National Institutes of Health (NIH) investment in cardiac arrest research is a fraction of the dollars spent to research other deadly conditions. In 2015, $91 was invested in cardiac arrest research per death compared to $13,000 per diabetes death. This is the first study to examine the trend in annual cardiac arrest research funding in the United States.

  • Blacks suffer higher rates of fatal first-time heart attacks than whites

    July 10, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Black adults, ages 45-64 years of age, are twice as likely to die during their initial cardiac event as white adults. However, the risk for nonfatal coronary heart disease is consistently lower among black men versus white men.

  • Health insurance expansion via Obamacare linked to fewer cardiac arrests

    June 28, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The incidence of cardiac arrest significantly decreased among middle-aged adults who acquired health insurance after the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) expanded coverage. Among older adults with constant health insurance coverage, the incidence of cardiac arrest remained the same. These preliminary findings highlight the importance of preventive medical care but do not definitively prove that health insurance expansion prevents cardiac arrest, researchers noted.

  • Hospitalizations for heart failure on the decline; disparities remain for blacks and men

    June 27, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Heart failure hospitalizations in the United States have declined overall but remain significantly higher among blacks. While still hospitalized more than whites, the disparity narrowed between Hispanics and whites. Men were hospitalized more than women.

  • African Americans with healthier lifestyles had lower risk of high blood pressure

    June 26, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: For every additional healthy behavior African Americans followed, there was a reduced risk for high blood pressure. African Americans who followed 6 of the Life’s Simple 7 modifiable healthy behaviors had a 90 percent lower risk for high blood pressure than those who followed 0-1 of these behaviors.

  • More funding for heart disease research crucial for health of patients and the economy

    June 26, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Statement Highlights: By 2030, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have heart failure or other forms of heart disease, with costs exceeding $1 trillion in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity. Funding biomedical research is essential to the country’s health, but government and private funding is not keeping pace with need.

  • Study: AHA Guidelines to Treating Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

    June 26, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Program News

    The most recent dual antiplatelet guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology encourage healthcare providers to take a customized approach to treating patients with coronary artery disease. Healthcare providers can find out more about the latest best practices for using dual antiplatelet therapy by going to www.heart.org/amitoolkit.

  • Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s heart attack and stroke risk

    June 21, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Breastfeeding is not only healthy for children, it may reduce a mother’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. A study of Chinese women found that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the cardiovascular health benefit appears to be.

  • Healthcare providers should individualize patient education

    June 19, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Statement Highlight: Health information should be tailored to a patient’s ability to understand health concepts and keep them motivated to maintain long-term changes.

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