American Heart Association

Healthy diet linked to decreased blood-pressure measurements

A heart-healthy diet is related to decreased blood pressure measurements, researchers said in a study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart and blood vessel disease.  While it is known that following U.S. dietary […]

Beware of too many Halloween treats for children

It’s a trick-or-treat tradition: counting up all the pieces of sugary loot, paying the “parent tax” and negotiating trades.

Then there’s another dilemma. Just how many pieces do you get before the precious bag of candy is confiscated?

Is it better to restrict consumption to a few pieces or go whole […]

Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (naturally occurring bacteria in the gut) thought to have beneficial effects; common sources are yogurt or dietary supplements.

“The small collection of studies we looked at suggest […]

CEO Roundtable tackling health in the U.S. workplace

The three co-chairs of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable talk during a meeting of the Roundtable in July: From left: Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chair of KKR & Co. L.P.; American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown; and Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.
More than 20 chief […]

AHA experts reiterate importance of limiting saturated fats

Some studies say the saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and other animal products have no effect on whether you get heart disease. Other studies say the science undeniably proves a connection between the two.

So, which should you believe? Nutrition experts with the American Heart Association say the […]

Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen debuts in Baltimore

Tia Berry’s smiling, joke-cracking aunt Carolyn — the favorite in the family — died of a heart attack when she was just 53.

“She gave me my name, which means ‘aunt’ in Spanish,” Berry said. “I was her sidekick. We shopped and ate out a lot. Since her death I […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Heart-healthy behavior reduces cancer, too

Following seven healthy behaviors to prevent heart disease can also help you ward off cancer.

For each American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 steps that you follow, your risk for cancer drops. In a new study, those adhering to one or two of the factors dropped risk by 21 percent; […]

Go green for a healthy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day usually centers around corned beef and cabbage, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green beer. What a fun time of the year. Here are some tips for making St. Patty’s Day heart healthy for your family. You might learn an Irish jig found on a You Tube video, take […]

Have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day full of candy hearts, red roses, cards and sometimes even surprises from those who love you. But the best part of Valentine’s Day is the special date with the one you love the most. This year make another commitment to keep your hearts healthy […]

Simple Science @Heart: Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure

Blacks who survive strokes caused by bleeding in the brain are more likely than whites to have high blood pressure a year later, a new study says.

Continued high blood pressure increases their risk of another stroke.

The study examined racial and ethnic differences in these strokes, called intracranial hemorrhage or […]