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  • Only 1 in 5 patients seeking specialist for resistant HBP take meds as prescribed

    March 06, 2017 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Only one in five patients seeking specialty care for hard-to-control high blood pressure (resistant hypertension) are taking all their prescribed medications. Taking all medication as prescribed can help avoid added tests and treatments based on the misperception that high blood pressure is not controlled despite taking multiple drugs. A frank discussion about medication use and concerns about side effects can help your doctor make needed adjustments to get your blood pressure under control.

  • Pacemaker function may be impacted by electric appliances; tools

    February 27, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Electric and magnetic fields generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats. Dedicated device programming, e.g. sensitivity level, is an effective measure to reduce the individual risk of interference.

  • Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support

    February 21, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Children with congenital heart defects are less likely to meet minimum standards in third-grade reading and math end-of-year testing than peers. Children with mild defects may not be receiving adequate special education assistance.

  • Women with mild heart blockage report poorer health, more anxiety and negativity than men

    February 21, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: People with partial or mild blockage of coronary arteries report more anxiety, depression and negative outlooks than the general population. Women with the condition report poorer health, more anxiety and less positive feelings than men with the disorder.

  • 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.

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