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Younger adults, women experience only slight declines in heart disease deaths


Deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the past few decades, but younger people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement, according to new research.

Using data on adults ages 25 and older, researchers tracked annual percentage changes in heart disease death rates […]

August 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Smoking in front of your kids may increase their risk of heart disease as adults


Kids exposed to their parents’ smoking may have a higher risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than those whose parents didn’t smoke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The study’s results add to the growing evidence that exposure to smoking from […]

March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Evidence linking marijuana and risk of stroke grows

Smoking marijuana may increase your chances of having a stroke, according to a review of 34 different studies published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Researchers found a link between marijuana use and stroke in a total of 64 stroke patients (80 percent men, average age 32).

They also found:

81 […]

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

High cholesterol during young adulthood raises heart disease risk

New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation shows that long-term exposure to elevated cholesterol substantially increases lifetime risk for heart disease. For every ten years you have even mildly elevated cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55, your risk of heart disease may be increased by […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]

Education and feedback may help improve heart health among high-risk groups

Using a smart phone app for education and feedback about heart-healthy behavior may decrease the risk for heart and blood vessel disease among young black women, researchers said in a pilot feasibility study presented this week at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“We need to raise awareness among women […]

Early detectable vascular disease linked to erectile dysfunction

Men who have asymptomatic subclinical vascular disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who don’t have early stage vascular disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Erectile function can be a window into men’s cardiovascular and overall health,” said David I. […]

New public service campaign launches

The American Heart Association launched a national public service campaign on Wednesday in partnership with the Ad Council and pro bono agency Deutsch NY to increase awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined.

The campaign directs women to make a change at and includes television, radio, […]

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 […]

Homes near highways may up heart disease risks

Living near the highway may shorten the daily commute, but it may also up the risk of heart disease, according to new research.

One recent study suggested that living near a highway was associated with an increased risk of dying from sudden cardiac death. The second showed the proximity to […]