American Heart Association

Attempts to change standards for school foods stalled

Attempts to change standards that make school foods healthier stalled out this summer in both chambers of Congress leaving the current guidelines in place as the school year begins.

While the House Appropriations Committee approved language in their version of the agriculture spending bill that would allow schools to opt […]

Study underscores excessive sodium consumption as global health problem

Excessive sodium consumption is having a dire health impact on people around the world, killing about 1.65 million people globally each year from related cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to a new study released Thursday.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at a range of […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heartburn? Hardly. Under an hour later, his life-threatening problem was resolved

John Perotti was mowing the lawn outside his Utah home office when he felt what he thought was “heartburn from hell.” He headed indoors for some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping that would soothe him.

“The minute I got the spoon to my lips, I spit it out,” he said. […]

American Heart Association launches new sodium reduction campaign

Americans have had a long love affair with salt, but it hasn’t been a very healthy relationship. Research shows that too much sodium in the diet can increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other major health problems.

A new campaign launched Monday by the American Heart […]

Transforming Chinese takeout to be both healthy and tasty

 

Fresh ginger and garlic sizzle immediately once they hit the oil. Vibrating as they cook, the spices tinge the air.

The smell is often a lovely partner to Chinese food, since the pair are staples of East Asian cooking. However, there are other ingredients that could be hiding in the […]

Government to issue guidelines for lowering sodium in foods

Food manufacturers and restaurants — suppliers of three-fourths of the sodium in Americans’ diets — may soon be asked by the government to lower sodium in their foods.

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, agency commissioner Margaret […]

A doctor tackles her own blood pressure

Dr. Beth Piraino was more accustomed to treating patients than being one. But that changed four years after she checked her blood pressure and realized she was in trouble.

“It was 180/110 — really high,” said Piraino, 65, a nephrologist based in Pittsburgh who is president of the National Kidney […]

Lowering blood pressure requires more than one ‘miracle’ food

Faster than a speeding blender. Able to lower blood pressure with a single smoothie. Look! Up in the farmers market. It’s kale. It’s beetroot. It’s superfood!

Not exactly.

The news has been filled recently with so-called, blood-pressure-lowering miracle foods, including: tomato sauce, tuna and tequila. Some of these foods have been shown […]

Combo of overweight, high sodium intake speeds cell aging in teens

SAN FRANCISCO — Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging.

“Lowering sodium intake, especially if you are overweight or obese, may slow down the cellular aging process that plays an important role in the development of heart disease,” said Haidong […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 17 days before co-chairing Heart Walk, he underwent open-heart surgery

As a father, husband, businessman and co-chair of the 2012 Heart Walk in Lincoln, Neb., Craig Gies kept plenty busy.

He was so busy that about two weeks before the event, he’d yet to write a letter seeking donations from family and friends.

The fact he wrote it from his hospital […]