American Heart Association

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 […]

Weight gain study suggests polyunsaturated oil healthier option

Short-term modest weight gains in healthy, normal weight young adults was associated with more bad cholesterol levels in those who ate muffins cooked using saturated oil.

However, individuals in the same study who ate muffins made with polyunsaturated oils had improved blood cholesterol profiles, according to a new study […]

Study finds significant drop in hospitalizations, deaths from heart disease, stroke

The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation. 

A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association volunteer and director of […]

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown lauds anti-tobacco advertising campaign for teens

A new national awareness campaign is using a mix of YouTube videos and social media platforms to encourage all teens to be the first generation to end tobacco use in America for good.

Independent non-profit Legacy introduced the “Finish It” campaign to try and save millions of young lives from […]

Marijuana use may increase heart complications in young, middle-aged adults

Marijuana use may result in cardiovascular-related complications — even death — among young and middle-aged adults, according to a French study published on Wednesday.

“In prior research, we identified several remarkable cases of cardiovascular complications as the reasons for hospital admission of young marijuana users,” said Émilie Jouanjus, Pharm.D., Ph.D., lead […]

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 a new report released Monday by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart […]

AHA, ACC reaffirm new cardiovascular prevention guidelines, risk calculator

One in three Americans will die from heart disease or stroke, and fully 60 percent will have a major vascular event before they die. Recognizing this burden on public health, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released four clinical practice prevention guidelines in the areas […]

Scholarship working to close diversity shortage gap in medicine

Nefertiti Clavon struggles to keep up with rising tuition costs and other college expenses.

“There were times I felt I was going to have to leave school because of financial situations,” said Clavon, a 22-year-old health promotions student at the University of Houston in Texas.

Clavon’s dilemma is not uncommon.  Rising […]

Experts continue to debate sodium in series of commentaries

Although most experts agree that Americans consume too much sodium and that lowering sodium is good for your heart, the debate over the specifics continue in a series of expert commentaries and an editorial published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

The commentaries were based on a May 2013 report […]

National Dog Week

What’s better than a romp in the park, a scratch behind the ears or snaring a Frisbee in the back yard? It’s National Dog Week, which makes it the perfect time to include your dog in your active life style.

The easiest way to show some appreciation for the furriest […]