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Heart CT scans show slight benefits Over functional tests for heart disease

Patients with symptoms of heart disease have similar outcomes in terms of death and major cardiac conditions regardless of whether they undergo a functional stress test or a computed tomographic scan, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.

But the […]

March 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Patient advocates playing bigger role at medical conferences


About five years ago, Chere McCain was having a normal Saturday. Most of her five kids were out with friends and she was in the kitchen baking. She had just opened the oven door to check on her cake when her heart stopped beating.

Her college-age […]

‘Merchants of Doubt’ examines science versus spin on issues from tobacco to global warming

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Tobacco companies knew for decades — thanks to their own scientific research — that smoking was dangerous and addictive. But eager to avoid government regulations and public scrutiny, companies orchestrated a national campaign to discredit the science, according to the new documentary Merchants of Doubt from […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

AHA e-cigarette policy misunderstood

A research summary presented at an American Heart Association conference is being used to misrepresent the organization’s e-cigarette policy.

The summary was presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2014 meeting for cardiologists and other heart specialist in Chicago last November.

It was published in the scientific journal Circulation and concluded that […]

March 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

New initiative to educate Hispanics about health issues

Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO launched Prevenir Es Vivir (Prevention is Life) this week to educate U.S. Hispanics about how to prevent common health issues such as heart disease and cancer.

The American Heart Association will contribute to the initiative, which will include public service announcements, health segments on Telemundo news programs, […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

More moderate exercise may improve sleep in young adults

Young adults might sleep better if they exercise moderately and decrease sedentary behavior, according to research presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle meeting. Researchers looked at how different amounts of physical activity and sedentary behaviors impacted the quality and duration of sleep in 658 young adults […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

American Heart Association launches patient initiative

The American Heart Association is launching a new  healthcare and technology initiative that can help in heart disease and stroke recovery Connected Heart Health extends research-proven care beyond the healthcare setting by giving people information and resources to better manage their care themselves.

The program’s official launch comes with HealthCall, […]

March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Supreme Court prepares to hear Affordable Care Act insurance case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could potentially cause millions of patients, many of them middle- and low-income and living with chronic conditions, to lose their insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The case, “King vs. Burwell” challenges the Affordable Care Act that […]

March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

More low-income children participate in school breakfasts

More low-income children across the country are participating in federally-funded school breakfasts, as districts create “Grab N Go” and other programs to serve children inside classrooms and not separately in cafeterias.

Still, nearly half the country’s eligible low-income students are missing out on breakfast.

During the last school year, about 11.2 million […]

March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Thirty champions announced in hypertension challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Million Hearts announced the 2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Champions this week.

Million Hearts launched the challenge to recognize health care teams and practices nationwide for helping patients keep blood pressure under control. Those selected achieved blood pressure control for at least […]

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments