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Reduced salt intake critical, American Heart Association says

New research questions the link between sodium consumption and health problems, but the American Heart Association reiterated Wednesday that the connection is well established and urged Americans to continue to lower the salt in their diets. A report published in …

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FDA hearing highlights research gaps for women, minorities and the elderly

Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association, testified at a Food and Drug Administration public hearing Tuesday to address gaps in how certain

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Risk assessment calculator accurately predicts heart attacks, strokes

The 10-year heart attack and stroke risk assessment calculator  published by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology accurately predicts risk and does a good job

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Higher blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol in early adulthood matters to later brain health

Being heart healthy as a young adult  may increase your chance of staying mentally sharp in mid-life, according to new research released Monday in the American Heart Association

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Investing in prevention key to fight against heart disease, stroke

Preventing heart disease and stroke should be a top priority in public health initiatives and is the best strategy for fighting the leading killers of Americans, according to

Antman discusses trials on bariatric surgery and diabetes; aspirin and non-cardiac surgery

American Heart Association President-elect Elliott Antman, M.D., professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, discusses two trials presented during the American College of Cardiology

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New guidelines update treatment options for atrial fibrillation

People with atrial fibrillation should work closely with their doctors to treat the condition, using a more detailed stroke-risk assessment tool and careful consideration about aspirin or blood-thinning

Coverage countdown: Deadline to sign up for health insurance is Monday

There are only a few days left to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2014 through the Health Insurance Marketplace. March 31 is the deadline for most uninsured individuals to sign

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Stroke patients should receive customized palliative care

People recovering from a stroke should have a well-coordinated medical team to personalize care, optimize quality of life and minimize suffering, according to a scientific statement published Monday

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Consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research released Thursday in the American