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Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease

Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart’s smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart complications or death, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Cocaine use is […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

This is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and higher carotid artery intima-media thickness – thickening of […]

Gestational diabetes may be early risk factor of post-pregnancy heart disease

Gestational diabetes in pregnant women may be an early risk factor of heart disease, apparent before full blown diabetes or other metabolic diseases show up later in the mother’s life, according to a study released Wednesday. 

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually disappears afterwards, but it increases the risk of […]

Documentary follows teen with rare aging disease and his family’s fight for a cure

Sam Berns is a 16-year-old Eagle Scout who plays in his high school band and umpires baseball games.

However, he appears many decades older that his classmates and friends, due to a rare disease called Progeria, which rapidly speeds aging and has an average lifespan of 13.

The documentary film “Life […]

About 5 percent of U.S. children and teens are ‘severely obese’

About 5 percent of U.S. children and teens are “severely obese” — a newly defined class of risk,  according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published online in the journal Circulation. 

“Severe obesity in young people has grave health consequences,” said Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., lead author of the statement […]

Simple Science @Heart: Hunter-gatherers in remote lands have heart-healthy lifestyles

In some remote locales, entire cultures of people eat only what they grow or kill. It turns out that these hunter-gathers generally have healthier hearts than people in modernized society, according to two new studies in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

One group of researchers studied the Tsimane people […]