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Blood tests reveal early signs of cardiovascular disease risk in obese African-American teens


Long before they have symptoms, blood tests in obese African-American teens, especially girls, reveal immune system changes linked to greater cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2015 Scientific Sessions.

“Obesity in the formative years is already […]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke


African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but […]

Positive factors in youth linked to better heart health later in life

Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Positive psychosocial factors include growing up in a family that practices healthy habits, is financially secured, is a stable emotional environment, and where children learn to control aggressiveness […]

Hispanic women with multiple births may face increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Hispanic women who have five or more successful births may have a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with no or fewer births, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers analyzed 855 Hispanic women 45 years and older who were […]

Vital exhaustion may raise risk of first-time cardiovascular disease

Fatigue, increased irritability and feeling demoralized — a combination known as vital exhaustion — may raise the risk of first-time cardiovascular disease in otherwise healthy men and women, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Researchers examined the relationship between vital exhaustion and first-time heart […]

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.
Burke started the day working out with the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]

No decision yet by FDA about testosterone limits suggested by panel

Limitations on how testosterone is used and marketed remain under consideration at the Food and Drug Administration following a recent advisory panel recommendation.

The Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee made two recommendations to the agency at a joint meeting […]

Closing the diversity gap in the medical field

For the fourth consecutive year, minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields can apply for 16 scholarships worth $2,500 to use toward tuition

The deadline to apply for the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund for 2015 scholarships is Dec. 31, 2014. The scholarships are provided through a partnership […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]