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Low health literacy linked to heart failure deaths after hospitalization

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have difficulty understanding health information are more likely to die following hospitalization for acute heart failure, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The findings suggest that it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of their patients’ […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories explaining the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study.

Anyone taking a common blood pressure drug should be interested in Christy Avery’s scientific research. She’s studying how these and other common prescription medications […]

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

‘Going nuts’ may help heart health

“Going nuts” might actually be heart-healthy, according to the latest study to examine the association of nut and peanut consumption with mortality.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined nut and peanut intake and mortality in three separate groups over an average of six years and found […]

March 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ideal heart health not only impacts heart, but also future ability to function

Cardiovascular health impacts how well people function in the years to come, even if they’ve not had a stroke or heart attack, according to research at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers studied more than 3,200 adults in Northern Manhattan, looking for indicators of “ideal cardiovascular health […]

Deadline nearing for healthcare enrollment

AmandaJean Beaulieu, a 32-year-old stroke survivor, welcomed 2015 with one less thing to worry about—health insurance coverage.

Despite her pre-existing medical condition that deemed her too high of a risk under previous insurance plans, she – like the 7.3 million uninsured Americans with a history of heart disease – is […]

January 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a year after having a heart attack, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Social support is the […]

AHA says better network access standards needed for health plans

A new study released today by the American Heart Association on the inclusion of cardiovascular and stroke providers by exchange health plans reveals that access to specialty physicians and facilities can vary widely based on a consumer’s plan and location.

The association commissioned the study, conducted by Avalere Health, to […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Thanks to CPR, fireman-husband saves life of his cardiac-nurse-wife

Tawnya Reynolds was training for her first marathon, so she wanted to go for a run.

Her husband, Billy, convinced her to stay home and do CrossFit with him.

It likely saved her life.
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As they worked out in the yard of their home, with their daughters Carlie and Paige riding their […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw.

Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck.

Cheryl stayed in the […]