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Congenital heart diseases are not just for kids anymore

When Betty de Aragon pushed her husband to see a doctor about his high blood pressure, it took her back to a role she thought she’d left in childhood – that of a congenital heart disease patient.

Due to CHD – which involves heart and blood vessel abnormalities present at birth […]

April 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication


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 […]

Cardiometabolic risk factors harden arteries early in Mexican-Americans


Cardiometabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar, appear to have a bigger effect than obesity on hardening arteries early among Mexican-Americans, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Even among non-obese Mexican-Americans, there is already a high […]

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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

Dance is Why for Gianna Schupler


Most people view dance as an activity or a way to socialize at parties.

But to some, dance is everything.

Fourteen-year-old Gianna Schupler started dancing in first grade and fell in love. Her passion for dance was so strong that she would train long hours perfecting her […]

‘Perfect storm’ of stress, depression may raise risk of death, heart attack for heart patients

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The combination of stress and heavy depression can significantly increase heart patient’s risk of death or heart attack, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The study examined the effect of high stress levels and high depressive symptoms among […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

‘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

Semi-veggie diet effectively lowers heart disease, stroke risk

A pro-vegetarian diet – one that has a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods is linked to lower risks of dying from heart disease and stroke, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

In an observational study, researchers analyzed the eating […]

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

The more fried food consumed, the bigger the heart failure risk

 A large study of men suggests fried food consumption is associated with a higher risk of heart failure, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting. Studies have shown eating fried foods can lead to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Deanna Linz makes heart disease her pageant platform

After losing both her parents to heart disease Deanna Linz made raising awareness about heart health her mission – one that became even more personal when she became a heart patient herself.

Linz, an ambassador for the American Heart Association, had her first heart attack at age 40, followed by […]