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American Heart Association gives Tips to reduce your Sodium Intake

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Americans’ love for salt is having a dramatic impact on their health. The average American takes in more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day—almost 2,000 milligrams more than the limit recommended by the American Heart Association (1500 mg/day).

Sodium is an essential nutrient and a little salt can be part of a healthy diet, but the amounts we are eating are far too high and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.

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New American Heart Association Support Network helps in Heart Disease, Stroke emotional recovery

 

Nashville assisting in development of new national “connect with others” site for heart and stroke patients, families, friends, caregivers

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – When Nashville mom Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the national American Heart Association reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges.

“At the time, I had no idea where to turn and I was looking to get connected with another family that was in our situation,” she said.

Catherine Clinkscales and her son Cain.

Catherine Clinkscales and her son Cain.

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American Heart Association says Low Social Support linked to Poor Health in Young Heart Attack Survivors

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – 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 perception of having friends or family who serve as confidants and companions, offer advice and information, show emotional concern, or provide financial or material support, said Emily Bucholz, lead researcher and a student in the School of Medicine and the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut. «Read the rest of this article»

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10,000 to walk for Hearts at Greater Nashville Heart Walk this Saturday, October 4th

 

American Heart Association - Heart WalkNashville, TN – Get your walking shoes on! The 2014 Greater Nashville Heart Walk will welcome 10,000+ walkers bright and early at Vanderbilt University sports field (Blakemore Avenue/Natchez Trace) next Saturday, October 4th, 2014. It’s one of the largest fundraising walks in Tennessee.

The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the American Heart Association in the Nashville area, and funds go to vital research, public health programs and community education to fight heart disease and stroke, which together kill 1 in 3 Americans. This year’s fundraising goal is $2 million.

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American Heart Association Editorial on E-Cigarettes

 

Written by Nancy Brown
Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The American Heart Association recently issued new policy recommendations on the use of e-cigarettes and their impact on tobacco control efforts.

Based on the current evidence, our position is that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are tobacco products and therefore should be subject to all laws that apply to tobacco products.

Nancy Brown; Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

Nancy Brown; Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

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American Heart Association reports Inflammation may be key to Diabetes/Heart Disease link

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – 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 Sessions 2014.

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says small weight gain can raise Blood Pressure in Healthy Adults

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – 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 researchers in this study wanted to see the impact of a small weight gain of about five to 11 pounds.

Naima Covassin, Ph.D.

Naima Covassin, Ph.D.

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American Heart Association says restricting Calories may improve Sleep Apnea, Blood Pressure in Obese People

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – 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 sleeping. It prevents restful sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), stroke and heart failure.

Sleep Apnea - Woman wearing CPAP. (American Heart Association)

Sleep Apnea – Woman wearing CPAP. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says High blood pressure ER visits jumped 25 percent in 2006-11

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – 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.

Blood pressure cuff. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure cuff. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Potassium-Rich Foods cut Stroke, Death Risks among Older Women

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death wasn’t clear,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., study senior author and distinguished university professor emerita, department of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

Blood pressure monitoring workplace

Blood pressure monitoring workplace

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