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  • Higher thyroid hormone levels linked to sudden cardiac death

    September 06, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: The risk of sudden cardiac death was significantly greater in patients with thyroid hormone levels at the higher end of normal, compared to patients with levels at the low end. These findings suggest that thyroid hormone levels could help identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, although further research is needed. Researchers suggest healthcare providers be cautious when treating low thyroid hormone so that thyroid levels are not over treated.

  • AHA and PCORI Launch Challenge to Identify New Research Questions Aimed at Improving Care for Cardiovascular Diseases

    September 06, 2016 Categories: Program News

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announce today a new Researcher and Clinician Challenge to identify or suggest critical but unanswered questions facing cardiovascular patients, caregivers and their healthcare providers that should be addressed through additional research. This collaboration, executed through the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, seeks to uncover questions that can be answered by studies that leverage comparative clinical effectiveness research – research comparing the benefits and harms of alternate health care methods – with a precision medicine approach that takes into account individual characteristics.

  • State of Obesity Report Sheds Light on Our Work Ahead

    September 02, 2016

    “This year’s State of Obesity report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sheds much needed light on where progress is being made and on the work that lies ahead. We underscore the urgent call to action for more...

  • Two New Resuscitation Alliances Announce Decisive Goal to Increase Global Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates by 50 Percent

    September 01, 2016 Categories: Program News

    DALLAS, September 1, 2016 – A cohort of international health organizations, resuscitation leaders, and emergency medical systems that includes the American Heart Association (AHA) – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – today announced the establishment of the Global Resuscitation Alliance, declaring a bold goal of increasing cardiac arrest survival rates by 50 percent.

  • American Heart Association Urges Nation’s Pharmacies to Re-Think Selling Tobacco in Wake of New CDC Survey

    September 01, 2016 Categories: Advocacy News

    Washington, D.C., September 1, 2016 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The data came from Porter Novelli’s Summer Styles, a national survey that found 66 percent of adults 18 and over were strongly or somewhat in favor of banning the sale of all tobacco products in retail pharmacy stores:

  • Internet and mobile devices prompt positive lifestyle changes

    August 31, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: When guided by internet programs or mobile devices, people can become more physically active, eat better, lose a little weight and reduce tobacco and alcohol use. Most studies using these interventions lasted less than six months, making it unclear whether these kinds of behavioral changes will be sustained over the long term.

  • Younger heart attack survivors may face premature heart disease death

    August 30, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: For patients age 50 and younger, the risk of premature death after a heart attack has dropped significantly, but their risk is still almost twice as high when compared to the general population, largely due to heart disease and other smoking-related diseases. The risk of heart attack can be greatly reduced by quitting smoking, exercising and following a healthy diet.

  • Folic acid fortified food linked to decline in congenital heart defects

    August 29, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights Food fortified with folic acid helped lower overall rates of congenital heart defects in Canada. The effect was evident in some types of congenital heart defects but not all. Embargoed until 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET Monday, August 29,...

  • Late-onset asthma linked to increased heart disease, stroke risk

    August 24, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: People diagnosed with asthma as adults may have an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular risk factors should be closely monitored in patients with late-onset asthma, researchers suggest.

  • Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in hearts of young women with heart disease

    August 24, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with heart disease. Younger women with heart disease are more susceptible to reduced blood flow from mental stress compared to men and older patients.

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