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Efforts to prevent heart disease and stroke aim to curb rising medical costs

The economic cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States has never been higher, but investing in cardiovascular health now could head off serious financial burdens in the future.

In “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2015 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association,” published in the […]

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Heavy drinking in middle-age may increase stroke risk more than traditional factors

Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may raise stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

In a study of 11,644 middle-aged Swedish twins who were followed  for 43 years, researchers […]

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

American Heart Association expands global efforts

The American Heart Association now has web pages in eight languages to reach more people with lifesaving information. Cardiovascular disease is expected to kill about 23 million people a year globally by 2030, and the launch supports the AHA’s belief that everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life.

The […]

Heart safety tips for shoveling snow

The first major snowstorm of 2015 has hit the Northeast. As people dig out there and elsewhere this winter, the American Heart Association warns that some people may be at increased risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling.

The combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload […]

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Healthy school food initiatives will be a Congressional debate again

School lunch politics will play out again on Capitol Hill this year as lawmakers consider a bill to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by the American Heart Association, which has repeatedly implored Congress to protect the new law from changes that could […]

Ginger Zimmerman has a new heart at last

Ginger Zimmerman has a new heart at last.

The longtime American Heart Association volunteer, who was on the transplant wait list for nearly nine months, learned Friday that a donor heart had been found. After testing confirmed the heart would be a good match, Ginger underwent transplant surgery Saturday night.

“With […]

January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

High cholesterol during young adulthood raises heart disease risk

New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation shows that long-term exposure to elevated cholesterol substantially increases lifetime risk for heart disease. For every ten years you have even mildly elevated cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55, your risk of heart disease may be increased by […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]

FDA approves medical app to remotely track glucose levels in diabetics

In the latest example of how medicine is entering the electronic age, doctors and caregivers will now be able to remotely monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes using a smartphone app.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first set of medical apps that automatically […]

January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments