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  • Statin use differs among Hispanic adults at risk for heart disease

    March 30, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: In the United States, adults of different Hispanic or Latino backgrounds who are at high risk for heart disease, varied significantly in their use of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins. Statin use was highest among U.S. adults of Puerto Rican or Dominican heritage and lowest among those of Central American background. The difference in statin use depended upon whether study participants had health insurance.

  • Women with endometriosis at higher risk for heart disease

    March 29, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Women who have endometriosis – abnormal growth of uterine tissue – may have a higher risk of coronary heart disease. The association between endometriosis and coronary heart disease was strongest among women age 40 or younger.

  • Societies Update Guidelines for Dual Antiplatelet Therapy

    March 29, 2016 Categories: Heart News, Scientific Statements/Guidelines

    WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) — The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released updated guidelines for dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. Dual antiplatelet therapy refers to the...

  • Wearable defibrillator may be an alternative to ICD for some patients; more research needed

    March 28, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Advisory Highlights: A wearable automatic defibrillator may be an alternative to an implantable cardiac defibrillator for a small group of patients. There are few large, randomized and controlled clinical trials of the vest and similar technologies, so they should not be used except for specific patients. This is the American Heart Association's first science advisory on the wearable automatic defibrillator.

  • Selection Process Underway to Find the Leader and Team for $75M Bold New Research Approach

    March 24, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    DALLAS, TX, March 24, 2016—The selection phase for the unprecedented opportunity to significantly reduce the devastating global burden of coronary heart disease through the One Brave Idea™ research fund is underway.

  • PTSD may affect blood vessel health in veterans

    March 23, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Post-traumatic stress disorder may decrease the ability of blood vessels to dilate, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke in Veterans. Traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking, have not fully explained why people with PTSD seem to be at higher heart disease risk. Better ways of managing PTSD and other types of stress are needed to help reduce the negative impact of chronic stress on blood vessels.

  • U.S. heart disease rates decline overall; some Southern areas see less progress

    March 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: While U.S. heart disease death rates have declined overall, new research reveals significant differences in rates of decline over 40 years among America's counties. A geographic shift in the highest heart disease death rates from the Northeast to the South suggests systematic changes in local conditions that affect heart disease. These findings highlight the importance of analyzing county-level trends in death from heart disease, as well as understanding why geographic differences might occur, researcher said.

  • Stress management may enhance cardiac rehab, improve recovery

    March 21, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Heart patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation programs that included stress management had fewer cardiac events than patents in rehab without stress management. Adding stress management into cardiac rehabilitation programs should be encouraged, researchers say.

  • Healthy heart equals healthy brain

    March 16, 2016

    Study Highlights: Achieving the metrics that define a healthy heart may translate to healthier brain function as people age. More ideal cardiovascular health measures meant less decline in brain processing speed and, to some extent, thinking ability and memory.

  • Genetically inherited high cholesterol twice as common as believed

    March 14, 2016 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic cholesterol disorder, affects 1 in 250 American adults, making the condition twice as common as usually reported. The condition is a leading cause of heart attack at an early age. Following current recommendations to monitor cholesterol beginning in childhood may improve early diagnosis so treatment can reduce heart disease risk in these patients.

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