American Heart Association

Renowned medical journal editor Joseph A. Vita dies at 58

Joseph A. Vita, M.D., a renowned professor, cardiologist and scientist who launched Journal of the American Heart Association and served as its first editor-in-chief, died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 58.

From the first issue of the open-access journal known as JAHA in 2012, it has served […]

Weight gain study suggests polyunsaturated oil healthier option

Short-term modest weight gains in healthy, normal weight young adults was associated with more bad cholesterol levels in those who ate muffins cooked using saturated oil.

However, individuals in the same study who ate muffins made with polyunsaturated oils had improved blood cholesterol profiles, according to a new study […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exercise may protect older women from irregular heartbeat

Increasing the amount or intensity of physical activity can cut the chances of older women developing a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers found that post-menopausal women, enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative, who were the most physically active had […]

Severe obesity, heart risks common in young Hispanic adults

Obesity is common among Hispanics in the U.S. and is particularly severe in young adults, according to a new study of body mass index and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adult Hispanic/Latino populations.

BMI is a ratio of weight to height. A BMI of 30-39.9 indicates obesity, and 40 or more […]

Too much TV may mean higher risk of early death

Adults who watch TV three hours or more daily may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to a new study.

“Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors,” said Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]

Gestational diabetes may be early risk factor of post-pregnancy heart disease

Gestational diabetes in pregnant women may be an early risk factor of heart disease, apparent before full blown diabetes or other metabolic diseases show up later in the mother’s life, according to a study released Wednesday. 

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually disappears afterwards, but it increases the risk of […]