Mentally stressed young women with heart disease more likely to have reduced blood flow to heart

Young women with stable coronary heart disease are more likely than men to have reduced blood flow to the heart if they’re under emotional stress, but not physical stress, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Compared to men of the same age, when subjected […]

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke

Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In the study, blood vessel function in lab rats dropped 70 percent after 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand marijuana […]

Antman urges innovation to harness technology, big data

Scientific researchers and healthcare professionals must transform emerging technology and big data into innovative ways to help patients, American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, MD, FAHA, said Sunday during his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions.

Antman cited several examples of groundbreaking science that are already putting technological and innovative advances […]

New public service campaign launches

The American Heart Association launched a national public service campaign on Wednesday in partnership with the Ad Council and pro bono agency Deutsch NY to increase awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined.

The campaign directs women to make a change at GoRedForWomen.org and includes television, radio, […]

Long-term benefits of popular diets are less than evident

Popular commercial diets can help you lose some weight in the short term, but keeping the weight off after the first year and the diet’s impact on heart health are unclear, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

Nearly 70 percent […]

Explosive compound reduced blood pressure in the female offspring of hypertensive rats

The explosive organic compound pentaerythritol tetranitrate might one day allow pregnant women to protect their daughters from developing high blood pressure before they’re born, according to an animal study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Researchers assessed the effect of PETN on pregnant rats with high blood pressure […]

Army veteran Joe Sullivan blends running, recycling and raising money

Barely back home from Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joe Sullivan was in for a shock.

As he helped oversee fitness tests for fellow Army soldiers, who do push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run periodically to check their physical ability, Sullivan underwent his own fitness test at Fort Carson, Colorado.

“Ordinarily, […]

Berkeley, California, passes historic sweetened-drink tax

Voters made history Tuesday in Berkeley, California, by imposing a per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages – a result welcomed by proponents as a breakthrough in the fight against America’s obesity epidemic.

San Francisco also had a measure on the ballot, but it did not pass by the […]

Delaware adds CPR to school health curriculum

High school students in Delaware will learn how to perform CPR as part of their graduation requirements under a curriculum change recently adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

The move makes Delaware the 20th state requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requisite and will mean nearly 8,500 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
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Burke started the day working out with the […]