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Heart safety tips for shoveling snow

The first major snowstorm of 2015 has hit the Northeast. As people dig out there and elsewhere this winter, the American Heart Association warns that some people may be at increased risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling.

The combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload […]

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Healthy school food initiatives will be a Congressional debate again

School lunch politics will play out again on Capitol Hill this year as lawmakers consider a bill to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by the American Heart Association, which has repeatedly implored Congress to protect the new law from changes that could […]

FDA approves medical app to remotely track glucose levels in diabetics

In the latest example of how medicine is entering the electronic age, doctors and caregivers will now be able to remotely monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes using a smartphone app.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first set of medical apps that automatically […]

January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Heart disease and aspirin therapy

Aspirin is one of the oldest, best-selling and most familiar drugs around.

About one in five American adults regularly take aspirin, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Many are heart attack and stroke survivors who take an aspirin a day to lower the chance of having […]

Event encourages Latinas to take control of their heart health

Telemundo news anchor María Celeste Arrarás and Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., chief medical officer for prevention at the American Heart Association, co-hosted a luncheon on Thursday to encourage Latina women to take control of their health and help their families to live healthier lives.

The Miami luncheon is the kickoff for […]

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

New campaign urges people to call 911 at first sign of heart attack

A new community awareness campaign in North Texas is encouraging people to call 911 at the first sign of a possible heart attack.

The campaign, called “Don’t Die of Doubt,” is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas.

The […]

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

States expand Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation

Smokers trying to kick the habit in Georgia got a boost last November when their state became the latest to give Medicaid recipients access to tobacco cessation counseling and medications at little or no cost.

Nineteen states now cover both face-to-face counseling and all treatments approved by the U.S. Food […]

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Increased spending needed for research on chronic disease prevention

More than half of premature deaths in the U.S. are caused by a range of risk factors that include some controllable behaviors: tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity. Yet new research shows the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s largest funder of biomedical research, spends less than […]

Stroke falls to No. 5 killer in U.S.

Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday, stroke swapped positions […]

December 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized||8 Comments

How to make your New Year’s resolutions stick

Does the thought of making New Year’s resolutions make you groan?

It may be time to put that cynicism away.

While it’s true that many people give up on their resolutions within the first few weeks of the year, a significant number are successful.

In fact, between 40 and 46 percent of […]

December 30th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment