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Mothers stroke hardest hit for Nascar driver Michael Waltrip

NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip says the hardest hit he ever took was when his sister called to tell him their mother had suffered a major stroke.

His mother, Margaret Waltrip, was 62 at the time and had lived with atrial fibrillation, called AFib, a quivering or irregular heartbeat, for many […]

AHA timeline – 90 years of saving lives

June 9th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Former Surgeon General Luther Terry honored at Arlington National Cemetery

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The life of Dr. Luther Terry, the former surgeon general who issued the landmark “Smoking and Health” report 50 years ago, was honored Saturday with a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.  Approximately 100 people attended the event, despite the rain, including acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, former Surgeon […]

Deadlines extended for insurance coverage

If you’re still looking to enroll for health insurance coverage, it’s important to know that some deadlines have changed. Here’s a look at the new dates, which give consumers more time to shop for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

You now have until Dec. 23 (rather than Dec. 15) […]

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

Heart-healthy lifestyles can spread through social networks

Heart-healthy lifestyles can be contagious to your family and friends.

In a late-breaking clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, people in social networks who received an intervention to tackle their weight problems together lost an average 6½ pounds more and trimmed an extra 1¼ inches […]

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

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||3 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