American Heart Association

Inflammation may be key to diabetes, heart disease link

Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, raising the possibility that anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to lower the risk of blood vessel disease in people with diabetes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific […]

Restricting calories may improve sleep apnea, blood pressure in obese people

Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more while […]

Using plants to produce enzyme may provide treatment for high blood pressure in lungs

Using plant leaves to produce and deliver a key enzyme may improve treatment for life-threatening high blood pressure in the lungs, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Current therapies for pulmonary hypertension don’t cure the underlying disorder and the […]

Small weight gain can raise blood pressure in healthy adults

Gaining just five pounds can increase your blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Many people understand the health dangers of large amounts of extra body weight, but reasearchers in this study wanted to see the impact of […]

High blood pressure ER visits jumped 25 percent between 2006 to 2011

The number of people going to the emergency room for essential hypertension, high blood pressure with no known cause, increased by 25 percent in recent years, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

“This shows we are not doing a […]

Early discovery led Antman to cardiology research, AHA; now he’s the organization’s president

In his third year of medical school, Elliott Antman thought he would become a neurosurgeon. He wasn’t set on it, though, and kept searching for something that might interest him more.

As part of his pursuit, he signed up for a research elective in the lab of the school’s top […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Caffeine may perk up your blood vessels

Caffeine could help your small blood vessels work better.

In a recent study of 27 healthy people 22-30 years old, those who drank 5 ounces of caffeinated coffee had better blood flow in their fingers over the next hour compared to those who had decaffeinated coffee.

Measuring blood flow in a […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Bedtime aspirin may reduce risk of morning heart attack

Taking aspirin at bedtime instead of in the morning might reduce acute heart events, according a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Low-dose daily aspirin is recommended for people at high risk of heart disease and for reducing the risk of recurrent heart events. Aspirin […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Sudden cardiac arrest not always so sudden

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden.

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, more than half of 567 men who experienced cardiac arrest had prior symptoms. Most of the symptoms — including chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness or palpitations — […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Kids less fit today than those in 1970s

Your kids may not be as fit as you when you were their age.

Cardiovascular endurance has significantly declined in children 9-17 years old compared with kids the same age 30 years ago, according to a new study.

Today, kids run about a minute and half slower than children 30 years […]