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Sesame Street characters teach preschoolers heart-healthy lessons

When Sesame Street characters talk about healthy eating and exercise, your preschoolers may listen.

In a late-breaking clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, preschoolers in Bogotá, Colombia participating in a structured curriculum that used Sesame Street’s Healthy Habits for Life materials improved their knowledge, attitudes […]

November 19th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide

Your kids may not run as far or as fast as you did when you were their age.

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, researchers said the decline in running fitness may indicate worse health in adulthood.

“If a young person is generally unfit now, […]

November 19th, 2013|Categories: Blog||2 Comments

Small vessel changes in eye, kidney clues to risky heart rhythm

People with damage in the small blood vessels of the retina and kidneys are at increased risk to develop the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Atrial fibrillation raises the risk of stroke and causes heart-related chest […]

November 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Atrial fibrillation hospitalizations, costs soar

Hospitalizations and costs of care for atrial fibrillation in the United States nearly doubled from 1998 to 2010, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

More than 4.6 million hospitalizations occurred nationwide for atrial fibrillation during the decade, said researchers who found the progressive percentage […]

November 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

New vaccine lowers blood pressure without harming kidneys

 

Vaccination against a pressure-raising hormone safely lowered blood pressure in rats for up to six months, in early tests presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

The new DNA vaccine targets angiotensin II, a hormone that increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict. Medications that block […]

November 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

American Heart Association president details heart failure history, urges more research and innovation

Researchers and healthcare professionals must find new ways to build on scientific successes to combat the growing worldwide epidemic of heart failure, American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., said during her Presidential Address.

In her address to gathered scientists, healthcare providers and others during the association’s annual Scientific Sessions […]

November 18th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Doctors’ advice on the latest prevention guidelines

The new prevention guidelines released by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology provide the best practices for your healthcare providers.

What’s the most important thing for you to know about these guidelines as a patient, and what should you be asking your doctor? Here’s some advice from […]

November 14th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Heart disease survivor’s journey to the Affordable Care Act

Vance Lobe’s first heart attack in 2009 left him feeling like a lucky guy.

Even though the pain was so intense it seemed like an alien was popping out of his chest. And even though he almost died.

The excellent care he received — it was just 69 minutes from the 9-1-1 […]

September 26th, 2013|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Scholarship working to close diversity shortage gap in medicine

Nefertiti Clavon struggles to keep up with rising tuition costs and other college expenses.

“There were times I felt I was going to have to leave school because of financial situations,” said Clavon, a 22-year-old health promotions student at the University of Houston in Texas.

Clavon’s dilemma is not uncommon.  Rising […]

More than 1 in 4 deaths from cardiovascular diseases could be prevented

More than 1 in 4 deaths from cardiovascular diseases could be prevented with lifestyle changes or medical treatment, according to a government report.

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer of Americans, claiming nearly 800,000 lives per year. More than 200,000 of those deaths could be prevented through the changes […]