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Women’s age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease risk

Women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 10 or younger, or age 17 or older,  may be at higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and complications of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers analyzed data collected from […]

December 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||6 Comments

New online community offers personalized resources for AFib patients

Debbe McCall knows the importance of having correct information and strong support.

After decades of being the family caregiver and working in healthcare, the tables were turned in March 2009 when she had her first episode of atrial fibrillation. It was more than a year before she was correctly diagnosed […]

December 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments

Cold and flu medications can increase blood pressure

If you’re ringing in the holidays with a cold or the flu, you should know that over-the-counter drugs taken to control the symptoms can also raise blood pressure and strain the kidneys.

The culprits? Pseudoephedrine and other cold medicine ingredients that may increase blood pressure.

The flu can have serious health […]

December 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Data suggests this flu season may be severe

Early data suggests that the current flu season may be severe as it may be dominated by strains of flu virus that are not fully covered by this year’s vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged anyone still unvaccinated to get a shot.  The CDC also recommended prompt […]

December 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

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