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  • Gallstone disease may increase heart disease risk

    August 18, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A history of gallstone disease was linked to a 23 percent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. Preventing gallstone disease may also benefit heart health, say researchers.

  • Anemic adults may have a higher risk of death after stroke

    August 17, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Anemic adults may have a higher risk of death after stroke. Hemoglobin levels may also influence stroke deaths.  Researchers suggest increased awareness and interventions are needed for stroke patients with anemia.

  • Lack of fresh food choices linked to signs of early heart disease

    August 15, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: A lack of access to nearby stores selling fresh food may increase residents’ risk of developing early heart disease. Healthy food stores located within one mile of participants’ homes reduced or slowed the progression of calcium buildup in heart arteries. Study results point to a need for greater awareness of the potential health threat posed by living in neighborhoods with scarce healthy grocery options.

  • Sedentary time may raise heart disease risk – sit less, move more

    August 15, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Statement Highlights: Sedentary time — even among physically active people — may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.

  • Children score low on cardiovascular health measures

    August 11, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Statement Highlights: Most children are born with ideal cardiovascular health and promoting good heart health should begin at birth. About 91 percent of American children have poor diets. Most children have ideal blood pressure.

  • For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in lower-income countries

    August 08, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Nearly one-third of the adult population worldwide had hypertension in 2010. For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Three-quarters of the world’s adults with hypertension live in low- and middle-income countries and may lack access to proper care. From 2000 to 2010, high blood pressure prevalence decreased in high-income countries while increasing in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Heart disease, stroke risk factors may increase in severity before menopause

    August 03, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: The severity of metabolic syndrome and its 5 risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes may increase more rapidly in the years before, rather than after, menopause. As women go through menopause, doctors and other care providers can use this “teachable moment” to emphasize the importance of diet and exercise in reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, may aid healing after heart attack

    August 01, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlight: Taking a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, daily for six months after a heart attack improved the function of the heart and reduced scarring in the undamaged muscle.

  • Coordinated response cuts time to treatment for deadly heart attacks

    August 01, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The largest nationwide demonstration project aimed at reducing time to treatment for people suffering ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) suggests a coordinated response results in more people getting life-saving treatment sooner. Treatment response times improved the most when patients were taken by EMS directly to hospitals that could perform the procedure to open blocked heart arteries. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems Accelerator model can help standardize and coordinate emergency medical systems and hospital-based care for STEMI patients, researchers said.

  • 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.

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