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American Heart Association says Clot-removal devices now recommended for some stroke patients

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots in select stroke patients who have clots obstructing the large arteries supplying blood to the brain, according to a new focused update published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The optimal initial treatment for a clot-caused (ischemic) stroke remains intravenous delivery of the clot-busting medication tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).

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American Heart Association survey reveals Americans have potentially dangerous misconceptions about Heart Failure

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Nearly six million Americans currently live with heart failure, yet a recent national survey found potentially dangerous misconceptions and knowledge gaps about the disease.

In fact, nearly half of those surveyed got fundamental facts about heart failure wrong and two-thirds of respondents confused signs of heart failure with signs of a heart attack.

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American Heart Association says African-Americans at lower Socioeconomic Levels have increased risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – African Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but the burden is greater for African Americans.

African Americans, especially women and young adults at lower socioeconomic levels have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (American Heart Association)

African Americans, especially women and young adults at lower socioeconomic levels have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Metabolic Abnormalities may increase Cardiovascular risk more in Black Women than in White Women

 

Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the relative risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Previous studies have focused primarily on white participants and found that obesity without a clustering of at least three metabolic disorders (metabolic syndrome) was not associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.

Having any two of these metabolic abnormalities: high blood pressure, high triglyerides, low “good cholesterol” large waist or impaired glucose metabolism may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke 117 percent among obese black women but not obese white women. (American Heart Association) «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Baseball’s Logan Gray named a semifinalist for NCBWA’s Howser Award

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUDallas, TX – Austin Peay State University infielder Logan Gray was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Award, Friday, presented by Easton Foundations and selected by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.

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American Heart Association report shows Long-term Depression may Double Stroke Risk despite treatment

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Persistent depression may double the risk of stroke in adults over 50 — and stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Our findings suggest that depression may increase stroke risk over the long term,” said Paola Gilsanz, Sc.D., study lead author and ‎Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

Long-term depression may double the risk of stroke for middle-aged adults.

Long-term depression may double the risk of stroke for middle-aged adults.

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Austin Peay State University Football has Three Govs earn National Football Foundation Society honors

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUDallas, TX – Three Austin Peay State University football players are part of the 2015 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, recognizing college football players from all divisions who maintain a 3.2 GPA or better.

Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell, wide receiver Hunter Branch and h-back/tight end Jacob Sexton earn National Football Foundation Society honors. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell, wide receiver Hunter Branch and h-back/tight end Jacob Sexton earn National Football Foundation Society honors. (APSU Sports Information)

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Tennessee Highway Patrol arrests Two Men from Texas on Felony Drug Charges

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – Trooper Joseph Williams of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Cookeville District initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of two Texas men on felony drug charges in Clay County on Tuesday. Trooper Mark Mahan also assisted.

Trooper Williams was patrolling on Highway 135 northbound at approximately 2:00pm on Tuesday, when he observed a black 1997 Chevrolet Silverado that matched a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) description of a vehicle that was possibly engaged in criminal activity.  «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association, two other major organizations issue new recommendations for treating patients with High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement issued jointly by three medical organizations and published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, addresses how low to aim when treating patients with high blood pressure who also have vascular diseases.

The document provides an up-to-date summary on treating hypertension in patients who have both high blood pressure and have had a stroke, heart attack or some other forms of heart disease, said Elliott Antman, M.D., President of the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Smoking in front of your Kids may increase their risk of Heart Disease as Adults

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Kids exposed to their parents’ smoking may have a higher risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than those whose parents didn’t smoke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The study’s results add to the growing evidence that exposure to smoking from parents has a lasting effect on children’s cardiovascular health in adulthood.

Researchers stressed that parents should not smoke if they want to provide the best long-term cardiovascular health for their children.

Researchers stressed that parents should not smoke if they want to provide the best long-term cardiovascular health for their children.

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