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American Heart Association says Young Adults, Women experience only slight declines in Heart Disease Deaths

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the last few decades but young people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Using data on adults age 25 and older, researchers tracked annual percentage changes in heart disease death rates between three time periods: 1979-1989, 1990-1999 and 2000-2011. Death rates in adults 65 and over declined consistently over the decades, with accelerating improvements since 2000.

Improvements in death rates have slowed in people under age 55, particularly among women. (Amiercan Heart Association)

Improvements in death rates have slowed in people under age 55, particularly among women. (Amiercan Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Mobile Technology may help people improve Health Behaviors

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Smartphone applications and wearable sensors have the potential to help people make healthier lifestyle choices, but scientific evidence of mobile health technologies’ effectiveness for reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the association’s journal Circulation.

The new statement reviewed the small body of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies (mHealth) for managing weight, increasing physical activity, quitting smoking and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Vegetables at the market. (American Heart Association)

Vegetables at the market. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says a Southern Diet could raise your risk of Heart Attack

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – If your dinner plate often includes fried chicken, gravy-smothered liver, buttered rolls and sweet tea — your heart may not find it so tasty.

Eating a Southern-style diet is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, according to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

Fried Chicken. (American Heart Association)

Fried Chicken. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says the result of eating too much Salt can be measured in Blood Pressure

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People who gradually increase the amount of salt in their diet and people who habitually eat a higher salt diet both face an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a Japanese study of more than 4,000 people who had normal blood pressure, almost 23 percent developed high blood pressure over a three year period. Those who ate the most salt were the most likely to have high blood pressure by the end of the study. Participants who gradually increased their sodium intake also showed gradually higher blood pressure.

Reduction in Salt Consumption Recommended. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Reduction in Salt Consumption Recommended. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Hospitals often Overestimate their ability to deliver Fast Stroke Care

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Hospitals often overestimate their performance in providing fast delivery of anti-clotting medication to stroke patients, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers surveyed staff in 141 hospitals who treated 48,201 stroke patients in 2009 and 2010. They found that hospital staff perception did not match up with stroke care performance.

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American Heart Association reports Blacks are at greater risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Blacks are more likely than whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest and at a much earlier age, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers also found that blacks had higher rates than whites of well-established risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including diabetes (52 percent vs. 33 percent), high blood pressure (77 percent vs. 65 percent), and chronic kidney failure (34 percent vs. 19 percent).

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

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Latinos Live Familismo; How this can help improve the health of the Latino community

 

Written by Dr. Eduardo Sanchez

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Familismo or familism. While many look to social psychologists to define this cultural characteristic, Latinos live it.

Our cultures of origin — Mexican, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Cuban, Colombian or other Spanish-speaking countries — are rooted in family, in connecting, helping each other become the best we can be, putting our children first and supporting each other through good times and bad.

Fruit preparation. (American Heart Association)

Fruit preparation. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Air pollution from Wildfires may ignite Heart Hazards

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Air pollution from wildfires may increase risk for cardiac arrests, and other acute heart problems, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“While breathing wildfire smoke is linked to respiratory problems such as asthma, evidence of an association between wildfire smoke exposure and heart problems has been inconsistent,” said Anjali Haikerwal, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., M.P.H., study author and a doctoral candidate at the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Uric Acid may lessen Women’s Disability after Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Uric acid – a chemical at high levels can lead to serious illness – may lessen women’s disability after stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

High levels of uric acid can lead to kidney stones or the inflammatory arthritic condition known as gout and is linked with heart and vascular problems and diabetes.

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American Heart Association says Menopausal Women have lower risk of dying from Heart Attack than Men

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – While menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, menopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than men; however, this difference was less pronounced among blacks, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the first study to compare men and women and how menopause types impact risk of heart attack, researchers studied 23,086 black and white adults over age 45.

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