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American Heart Association reports Hospitalizations, Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke drop in last decade

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“Interestingly, these improvements happened in a period when there were no real ‘miracle’ clinical advancements,” said Harlan Krumholz, M.D., S.M., lead author of the “most comprehensive report card to-date” on America’s progress in heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment. “Rather, we saw consistent improvements in the use of evidence-based treatments and medications and an increase in quality improvement initiatives using registries and other data to track performance and support improvement efforts — as well as a strong emphasis on heart-healthy lifestyles and behaviors.”

Blood flow blocked in brain. (American Heart Association)

Blood flow blocked in brain. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Reveal New “Life Is Why” Brand Platform

 

Rebranding Represents a Strategic Shift to an Emotional Connection with Consumers

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association unveiled Life Is Why, a new positioning focused on an emotional brand message and a concise answer to the question of why we do what we do.

The message: We believe everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life. Why? Life. Life is why.

Life Is Why represents a strategic shift in branding for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

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Tennessee Department of Health Provides Information About the Value of Sleep

 

Now I Lay Me Down To …

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Sleep is not a luxury; it is a basic health need long known to affect a person’s ability to think and function.

Increasingly scientists and researchers are learning more about other values of sleep that may impact health and help improve and extend lives. «Read the rest of this article»

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2014 Greater Nashville Heart Walk date set for October 4th

 

Leedle, Weien lead campaign; team signup now open

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Summer means it’s Heart Walk season! In just under three months, the 2014 Greater Nashville Heart Walk will welcome 10,000+ walkers bright and early at Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. It’s one of the largest fundraising walks in Tennessee.

The Heart Walk website is now open for team registration and fundraising. Teams are encouraged to sign up at  www.nashvilleheartwalk.org . Individuals can also join existing teams and set their own personal goals. There is no registration fee.

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American Heart Association survey shows Americans are unaware of how much sodium they eat

 

“I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart” campaign encourages people to pledge to reduce sodium, to lower risk for heart problems, stroke

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Take the pledge – to reduce your salt intake. It may save your life.

Americans eat too much salt, and most have no idea how much they are eating, according to new consumer research by the American Heart Association.

Nearly all of the 1,000 people surveyed by the American Heart Association (97 percent) either underestimated or could not estimate how much sodium they eat every day. Too much sodium in the diet can increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other major health problems.

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Twenty Two leading CEOs join the American Heart Association in a Groundbreaking Initiative to Significantly shift the Culture of Health in the Workplace

 

The American Heart Association CEO Roundtable launches with new survey showing American workers overestimate their health—leading to increased risk of heart disease and other serious illness

American Heart AssociationNew York, NY – Only July 8th, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of KKR & Co. L.P., Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and 19 additional CEOs from some of America’s largest companies announced the formation of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

This groundbreaking initiative is designed to create a workplace culture in which healthy choices are the default choices. As part of the announcement, the AHA also released results from a new Nielsen online survey among 2,004 employees1 showing that Americans overestimate their health—putting them at greater risk for heart disease and other serious illness. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association funding new research network aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke

 

Vanderbilt one of four major institutions in network

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Four major institutions are banding together in a new research network aimed at preventing heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world.

The Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Centers — funded by a $15 million grant from the American Heart Association — is designed to help people live longer, healthier lives. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Depression linked to higher Heart Disease Death Risk in Younger Women

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Women  55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die or require artery-opening procedures if they’re moderately or severely depressed, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Women in this age group are also more likely to have depression, so this may be one of the ‘hidden’ risk factors that can help explain why women die at a disproportionately higher rate than men after a heart attack,” said Amit Shah, M.D., M.S.C.R., study author and assistant professor of Epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reports Gender-specific research improves accuracy of Heart Disease Diagnosis in Women

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Diagnosing coronary heart disease in women has become more accurate through gender-specific research that clarifies the role of both obstructive and non-obstructive coronary artery disease as contributors to ischemic heart disease in women, according to a new statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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American Heart Association says lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging tests is low for most children; more complex tests may raise risk

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Radiation from standard X-rays is relatively low and doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most young children, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had surgery for heart disease at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Their operations required almost 14,000 imaging procedures, including X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and cardiac catheterization procedures using video X-rays called fluoroscopies. «Read the rest of this article»

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