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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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American Heart Association says Slowing Brain Functions linked to increased risk of Stroke, Death

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Cognitive abilities such as memory and attention are not only important after a stroke but also before; according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Previous studies have shown poor cardiovascular health can increase the risk of cognitive impairment such as problems in memory and learning. However, the opposite idea that cognitive impairment may impact cardiovascular health, specifically stroke, was not established before.

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American Heart Association says Watching too much TV may increase risk of Early Death in Adults

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“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., Ph.D., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. “Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality.”

Researchers suggest adults should consider getting regular exercise, avoiding long sedentary periods and reducing TV viewing to one to two hours a day. (American Heart Association)

Researchers suggest adults should consider getting regular exercise, avoiding long sedentary periods and reducing TV viewing to one to two hours a day. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Marijuana use may increase Heart Complications in young, middle-aged Adults

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Marijuana use may result in cardiovascular-related complications — even death — among young and middle-aged adults, according to a French study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“In prior research, we identified several remarkable cases of cardiovascular complications as the reasons for hospital admission of young marijuana users,” said Émilie Jouanjus, Pharm.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and a medical faculty member at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in Toulouse, France.

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American Heart Association says consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

For the study, researchers analyzed the results from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) trial, which enrolled 3,680 ischemic stroke patients ages 35 and older in 1996-2003.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Children’s Cardiovascular Fitness declining Worldwide

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Many kids don’t run as far or fast as their parents did, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

The decline in running fitness may indicate worse health in adulthood, the researchers said.

Boy holding basketball with others in background. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Boy holding basketball with others in background. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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Clarksville Park and Recreation’s Boxing Cardio packs a punch of calorie-burning activity

 

Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – Punch and kick away the pounds at the Burt-Cobb Community Center’s Boxing Cardio class! Boxing Cardio is open to youth and adults ages 9 years and older.

For just one hour of blood-pumping cardio, participants can burn anywhere from 800-1,000 calories as well as relieve the stress of daily life in this class held Mondays at 6:30pm at the center, located at 1011 Franklin Street, beginning November 4th. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Pets may help reduce your risk of Heart Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Having a pet might lower your risk of heart disease, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.

The statement is published online in the association’s journal Circulation.

Having a pet may reduce your chance for Heart Disease. (American Heart Association)

Having a pet may reduce your chance for Heart Disease. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says drinking cup of beetroot juice daily may help lower blood pressure

 

Increasing intake of foods rich in dietary nitrate may be an affordable and attainable way to manage blood pressure, researchers said.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

People with high blood pressure who drank about 8 ounces of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. But the preliminary findings don’t yet suggest that supplementing your diet with beetroot juice benefits your health, researchers said.

Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says adolescents’ poor health behaviors raise risk of heart disease as adults

 

More than 80 percent of them had a poor diet and many were not physically active.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – U.S. adolescents’ high levels of poor health behaviors and unfavorable cardiovascular risk factors may increase their chances of heart disease as adults, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers estimated the current state of cardiovascular health of U.S. adolescents based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goals, which include both health behaviors and factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, healthy diet, physical activity and smoking. The 4,673 adolescents were 12-to 19-years-old and represented about 33.2 million adolescents nationally.

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

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