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

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

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

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

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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Highest-ever $2 million goal set for Nashville Heart Walk; will you help save lives?

 

Event on October 3rd at Vanderbilt University sports field; signup is open for fundraising teams

American Heart Association - Heart WalkNashville, TN – Everyone knows someone who’s been affected by heart disease or stroke. It might even be you. Now’s your chance to fight back.

The American Heart Association’s Greater Nashville Heart Walk is 8 weeks away, on Saturday, October 3rd at Vanderbilt University sports field. The annual event brings together the Middle Tennessee community in a free festival and non-competitive walk, to raise funds for research, education and public health programs  fighting the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans, heart disease and stroke.

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Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Tai Chi for Arthritis begins August 11th

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Another session of Tai Chi will begin on August 11th at the Crow Community Center, located at 211 Richview Road. There are a total of 8 one-hour long sessions included in the program. Tai Chi will take place on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, August 11th through September 29th.

Tai Chi involves stretching and different chair exercises. Improved balance, increased flexibility, and reduced stress are benefits you can receive from participating. «Read the rest of this article»

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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 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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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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Nashville’s Street Corner Symphony keeps the beat in new American Heart Association CPR video

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – A new video is capitalizing on the popularity of a cappella – and a Nashville group who’s achieved national fame – to help teach people how to perform Hands-Only CPR.

It features Nashville’s own ​Street Corner Symphony interrupting a family dinner with a classic disco song. The message is two-fold: call 911 when you see a teen or adult collapse, and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive.”

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Tennessee Department of Health expands Newborn Screening Service to speed Test Results

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early.

For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders. «Read the rest of this article»

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