American Heart Association

Decline in heart health can start in childhood

Heart health, which is optimal for most at birth, can decline substantially with unhealthy childhood behaviors, according to research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

“Our findings indicate that, in general, children start with pretty good blood pressure,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., senior […]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Some ethnicities more prone to childhood weight gain

Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans and American Indians tend to gain weight earlier in life than European Americans, which suggests obesity prevention should be targeted to children and teens in these minority populations.

Researchers studied weight transition patterns in U.S. populations 18 years and older. They found:

At age 18, 49 percent to […]

March 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 […]