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  • AHA names top 10 heart, stroke research advances of 2016

    December 22, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    DALLAS, Dec. 22, 2016 —The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is featuring the top advances in heart disease and stroke research in 2016 on The organization has compiled an annual list of the major advances in heart disease and stroke research in 2016 on

  • High pain tolerance may mask heart attack symptoms

    December 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: People who have a high pain tolerance may experience “silent” heart attacks, which also puts them at risk for poor prognosis. Silent heart attack patients endured a pain test (cold pressor test) significantly longer than those who recognized heart attack pain. In a Norwegian study, more heart attacks were silent in women than in men.

  • Medicare Should Compensate for Evidence-based Cardiovascular Disease Telehealth Services, Says American Heart Association

    December 20, 2016 Categories: Advocacy News

    Washington, D.C., December 20, 2016 – A new policy statement issued today by the American Heart Association advocates that evidence-based telehealth services for heart disease and stroke should be covered by Medicare. The statement highlights the effectiveness of using telehealth to treat the 85 million Americans suffering from cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

  • Better Nutrition and Active Play in Early Care and Education is Critical to Healthy Futures

    December 20, 2016 Categories: Program News

    DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2016 —For many young children, their first time down a slide or their first time trying new vegetables are in preschool or child care settings.  Young children thrive, grow and begin to develop a lifetime of habits in these early...

  • New Report Outlines Ten Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

    December 19, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    A new report presents 10 quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders—including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as healthcare practitioners, patients, families and communities—in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death. The joint report from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is published online today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

  • FDA Expands Health Claim for More Fruits, Vegetables

    December 19, 2016 Categories: Program News

    DALLAS, Dec, 19, 2016  — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an interim final rule removing the low fat and positive nutrient requirements which will apply to nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables, allowing them to make a heart health claim...

  • Marital history linked to stroke survival

    December 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: The risk of dying after a stroke is significantly higher for people who have never been married or have been widowed compared to continuously married people. Adults who experienced more than one divorce or death of a spouse in their lifetime were about 39 percent and 40 percent respectively more likely to die after having a stroke than those who were continuously married.

  • Avoiding the deadly holiday heart attack

    December 14, 2016 Categories: Program News

    According to a study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), the winter holiday season is considered a risk factor for cardiac and noncardiac death.

  • Support for Taxing Sugary Drinks by Sugar Content

    December 12, 2016 Categories: Program News

    Evidence is clear that added sugars are a detriment to heart and brain health, that sugary drinks are the top single source of added sugars in the American diet and that children are consuming ten times the amount of sugary drinks recommended. The American Heart Association commissioned experts at the Urban Institute to help us better understand the best means to decrease consumption of sugary drinks through taxation policy. The Pros and Cons of Taxing Sweetened Beverages Based on Sugar Content defines options for elected officials to improve the health of their states and communities, encourage industry to offer healthier beverage options, provide resources to invest in programs that improve people’s lives, and describes how to achieve these goals without placing an undo economic burden on low-income consumers.

  • American Heart Association Statement from CEO Nancy Brown on Dec. 2016 NCHS Mortality Data Report

    December 08, 2016 Categories: Advisories & Comments

    DALLAS, Dec. 8, 2016 — The new National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Data Report gives us insight into several areas integral to the AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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