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Homes near highways may up heart disease risks

Living near the highway may shorten the daily commute, but it may also up the risk of heart disease, according to new research.

One recent study suggested that living near a highway was associated with an increased risk of dying from sudden cardiac death. The second showed the proximity to […]

Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current […]

Program recognizes child care centers for improving children’s health

Child care centers are the perfect place to help kids get off to a healthy start.

And they’re perfect for creative ways to do that, like serving healthy fruit kabobs during school celebrations, hosting a bike parade for kids and their families, serving meals family style and using gardens as […]

American Heart Association volunteer Kenneth Bloch dies at 58

Longtime American Heart Association volunteer Kenneth Daniel Bloch, M.D., 58, died Saturday after a long illness. Bloch had served on the association’s national board of directors and as vice chairman of the committee that planned Scientific Sessions, the association’s largest annual science meeting.

“With the passing of Ken Bloch, the American […]

Too much sodium in the diet could make multiple sclerosis worse

Eating too much sodium could make multiple sclerosis symptoms worse and increase the risk of further damage, according to a small study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

“This is an intriguing, preliminary observation that suggests a high sodium diet does more than affect the cardiovascular system,” said […]

Wearable activity trackers in the mainstream

Wearable fitness devices have moved into the mainstream helping people pick up the pace of their daily activities.

The devices are flooding the marketplace as the technology and sports industries create “wearable fitness coaches” for customers interested in tracking their activity levels, food intake, heart rates and sleep patterns.

Most of […]

Aspirin can reduce recurring blood clots in the veins

Aspirin may be a promising treatment for those who can’t take anti-clotting drugs long term to prevent blood clots in the veins, according to new research.

Known as venous thromboembolism, the clots are typically in the deep veins of the legs and can break off, travel to the lungs and block lung arteries, a […]

Top ten things to know: AHA e-cigarette policy statement

This paper reviews the latest science around one of the newest classes of products entering the tobacco control landscape – electronic cigarettes, also called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), providing an overview on design, operations, constituents, toxicology, safety, user profiles, public health, youth access, impact as a cessation aid, […]

AHA: E-cigarettes threaten to addict next generation of smokers; regulation, further study needed

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products.

The American Heart Association – which […]

Adults with disabilities have higher rates of high blood pressure

More adults with disabilities have high blood pressure than adults without disabilities, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that 34 percent of adults with disabilities versus 27 percent without them had high blood pressure. In particular, it affected more people with […]