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Nevada expands on federal “Smart Snacks in School” rule

A new policy in the state of Nevada expands on the federal “Smart Snacks in School” rule, requiring the same standards for foods given away in schools as foods that are sold.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s newly revised School Wellness Policy, which took effect July 1, is aimed at […]

December 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Images of brain after mild stroke predict future risk

A CT scan of the brain within 24 hours of a mild, non-disabling stroke can predict when patients will be at the highest risk of another stroke or when  symptoms may worsen, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Like stroke, a transient ischemic attack […]

December 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Blood pressure decreases with heart-healthy diet

A heart-healthy diet is associated with decreased blood pressure, according to a new study that shows even small changes toward better eating can make a difference.

“The more compliant people are with the dietary guidelines, the more benefit we see in their blood pressure measurements,” said lead investigator Dr. Natalie […]

December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Moms’ pre-pregnancy weight impacts risk of dying decades later

Adults whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy have a dramatically elevated risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Excess weight among young women of childbearing age has important implications not only for their […]

November 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Pioneer epidemiologist given American Heart Association award for mentoring generations of scientists, doctors and other professionals

The American Heart Association presented one of its highest honors, the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award, to time-honored medical epidemiologist Jeremiah Stamler, M.D., of Northwestern University in Chicago.

The award lauded Stamler “for his far-reaching contributions to the development of generations of cardiovascular scientists during a long career devoted to […]

November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Young heart health linked to better overall health in later years

Maintaining a healthy heart while young may help prevent future disease and disability, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In this study spanning more than three decades, participants who were at low risk for heart and blood vessel disease when young adults were 60 […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

High blood pressure control in United States continues to improve

High blood pressure control continues to improve in the United States, with more than half of those with the condition now achieving readings below 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014 and simultaneously published in the American […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

High hospital admissions for acute aortic dissection coincide with peak flu season

Hospital admissions for acute aortic dissection were highest during peak flu season November-March, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Acute aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition in which blood leaks from the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Electronic monitoring device may help lower salt intake

Using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The Family Sodium Watcher Program focuses on a partnership between the heart failure patient and a caregiver/member of the family […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

U.S. emergency room visits for irregular heartbeat soar

Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation have increased significantly in the United States — causing a major healthcare burden, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation, the most common kind of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments