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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

New Orleans set to go smoke-free

New Orleans passed an ordinance Thursday prohibiting smoking in most indoor public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos.

The ordinance improves on Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act of 2007 and creates smoke-free indoor public spaces in New Orleans, known for its entertainment and convention business.

“I applaud the New Orleans City Council […]

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |2 Comments

States expand Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation

Smokers trying to kick the habit in Georgia got a boost last November when their state became the latest to give Medicaid recipients access to tobacco cessation counseling and medications at little or no cost.

Nineteen states now cover both face-to-face counseling and all treatments approved by the U.S. Food […]

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anti-smoking campaign one of century’s best

A campaign dedicated to wiping out youth smoking was named one of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st Century by Advertising Age on Jan. 12. Cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans a year and leaving 16 million others suffering […]

People who gained weight after quitting smoking still had lower death risk

In a small study in Japan, people who stopped smoking didn’t face increased death risk if they gained weight, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Quitters had a significantly lower risk of death compared to smokers regardless of their weight change after they […]

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Physicians should do all they can to control every other modifiable cardiovascular risk factor in patients with asthma,” said […]

Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated […]