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Program taught in American Sign Language helps deaf achieve healthier weight
March 19, 2014

Program taught in American Sign Language helps deaf achieve healthier weight

Study Highlights: Deaf adults successfully lost weight in a program using American Sign Language. The study is the first randomized trial of a weight-reduction and lifestyle-change program in deaf ASL users.
March 17, 2014

Expert Consensus Document Outlines Recommendations to Improve Quality and Safety as Increasing Number of PCIs Are Performed Without On-Site Surgical Backup

WASHINGTON, D.C., and DALLAS (March 17, 2014) – The increasing number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) being performed at low-volume centers without on-site cardiac surgery backup has driven the need for new safety and quality protocols, according to an expert consensus document released today and written by a committee representing the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The document outlines steps hospitals can take to provide the safest possible environment for PCI when the facility does not provide cardiac surgery as a backup should complications occur.
Mexican-Americans suffer worse outcomes after stroke
March 13, 2014

Mexican-Americans suffer worse outcomes after stroke

Study Highlights: Mexican-Americans had worse neurologic, functional and cognitive outcomes 90 days after their stroke compared to non-Hispanic whites. Mexican-American stroke survivors had moderate functional disability and nearly one-third had post-stroke dementia.
Stroke survivors may lose month of healthy life for 15-minute delay in treatment
March 13, 2014

Stroke survivors may lose month of healthy life for 15-minute delay in treatment

Study Highlights: Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of an average month of healthy life. Streamlining the time from symptom onset to clot-busting treatment by just one minute means one less day of disability for a survivor. While all stroke patients benefit from faster treatment, younger patients seem to gain more benefit than older patients.
Los sujetos mexicano-estadounidenses experimentan peores resultados después de un ataque cerebral
March 13, 2014

Los sujetos mexicano-estadounidenses experimentan peores resultados después de un ataque cerebral

Puntos destacados del estudio: Los sujetos mexicano-estadounidenses presentaron peores resultados neurológicos, funcionales y cognitivos a los 90 días de su ataque cerebral en comparación con los sujetos blancos no hispanos. Los sujetos mexicano-estadounidenses que sobrevivieron a un ataque cerebral presentaron discapacidad funcional moderada, y aproximadamente un tercio presentó demencia posterior al ataque cerebral.
Gestational diabetes may raise risk for heart disease in midlife
March 12, 2014

Gestational diabetes may raise risk for heart disease in midlife

Study Highlights: Pregnant women may face an increased risk of early heart disease if they develop gestational diabetes. Early screening and intervention is important to identify later heart disease risk for these mothers, researchers said.
Bread, cereal drive U.K. children’s high salt diet
March 10, 2014

Bread, cereal drive U.K. children’s high salt diet

Study Highlights: Children in London eat an unhealthy amount of salt, with a third of it coming from breads and cereals. In the largest U.K. study to date measuring children’s salt consumption, researchers found that teens ate more salt than that country recommends for adults. On average, kids in all age groups eat more salt than the American Heart Association recommends.
March 06, 2014

Heart-Check mark provides easy, helpful way to identify foods that can be building blocks of a healthier diet

Dallas, March 6, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on a recent consumer education campaign announcement to draw attention to nutrition information displayed on the front of a wide variety of food and beverage packages.
March 04, 2014

American Heart Association Frustrated by President’s NIH Budget

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015:
March 03, 2014

Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines Provide New Disease Classification, Lower Threshold for Intervention

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2014)—New practice guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD) provide updated definitions of disease severity—categorizing four progressive stages from “at risk” to “symptomatic severe”—and lower the threshold for intervention in select patient populations.
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