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American Heart Association says Exercising more, sitting less reduces heart failure risk in men

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Sitting for long periods increases heart failure risk in men, even for those who exercise regularly, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Preventing heart failure, researchers found, requires a two-part behavioral approach: high levels of physical activity plus low levels of sedentary time. The study is the first to examine the link between heart failure risk and sedentary time, said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., lead researcher and a senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reminds Middle Tennessee to get your Flu Shot Now

 

It’s even more important to get your flu shot if you have a Heart Condition

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – You know that miserable, no-good feeling that starts as a simple headache and escalates to a high fever, chills and an overall sense of yuck?

Each year in the United States an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu, and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized during the flu season. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reports Smokers who quit cut heart disease risk faster than previous estimates

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

A study showed that older people who smoked less than 32 “pack years” – 3.2 packs (20 cigarettes per pack) a day for no more than 10 years or less than one pack a day for 30 years  — and  gave up smoking 15 or fewer years ago lowered their risks of developing heart failure or dying from  heart failure, heart attacks and strokes to the same level as those who had never smoked.

Certain smokers who quit can reduce their risk of heart disease to the level of never-smokers sooner than previously thought.

Certain smokers who quit can reduce their risk of heart disease to the level of never-smokers sooner than previously thought.

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American Heart Association says Electromagnets guide heart device implantation, reduce radiation exposure

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Heart failure patients and others who need implanted cardiac devices to help their heart beat regularly may benefit from a new technology to guide their implantation procedure.

It uses electromagnets, which work like a GPS tracking system, instead of radiation-based imaging, researchers reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Dr. Sergio Richter and Dr. Michael Doering during implantation procedure. (Heart Center Leipzig)

Dr. Sergio Richter and Dr. Michael Doering during implantation procedure. (Heart Center Leipzig)

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American Heart Association gives Six steps that could cut Heart Failure Readmissions

 

Reducing heart failure readmissions could save millions of dollars.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – There are six procedural things hospital teams can do to help heart failure patients avoid another hospital stay in the 30 days after they’re discharged — and if all six are followed, patients are even more likely to avoid readmission, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Each step alone had some impact, but researchers discovered that if all six recommendations are followed, readmissions could drop as much as 2 percent. The study’s lead author said that may seem like a small number, but the significance is enormous. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Institute of Medicine (IOM) report an incomplete review of Sodium’s Impact

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The American Heart Association says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) — Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence — is incomplete in its assessment of sodium’s impact on health because it does not focus its examinations on scientific evidence that links excess consumption and high blood pressure.

The report found that though reducing sodium intakes from current levels is important, and that there is a positive relationship between higher levels of sodium intake and risk of heart disease, there is not enough evidence to conclude that sodium reduction below 2,300 mg daily leads to less heart disease, stroke and a reduced risk of death.

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 says costs to treat Heart Failure expected to more than double by 2030

 

Strategies to prevent and treat heart failure are needed to curb the rise in the incidence of heart failure

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX -  By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year to care for heart failure patients, according to an American Heart Association policy statement.

The statement, published online in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, predicts the number of people with heart failure could climb 46 percent from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030. Direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.

Infographic - Heidenrich-Impact of Heart Failure  (Copyright American Heart Association)

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Sweet research from the American Heart Association: Good chocolate is good for Women’s Hearts

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Here’s your Valentine’s gift from the American Heart Association: according to a study done in Sweden, women who ate an average of one to two ounces per week of high-quality chocolate had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who ate none at all.

Chocolate Heart

Chocolate Heart

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Suzanne Simpson: One Woman’s Heart-Part Three

 

It was February 9th, 2011, 4:30pm when the phone rang at the Simpson house.   The call was from a Florida area code.

Suzanne didn’t answer it thinking it was a telemarketer.  When the answering machine picked up,

the woman’s voice said they had a heart for her, and she needed to call them back.

Suzanne raced to pick up the phone, but it was too late.

She dialed the number back, and the woman asked Suzanne if she was going to accept the heart.  She said, “yes.”  The woman told Suzanne that she needed to be at Vanderbilt by 6:00am the next morning.

That didn’t sound right.  Something didn’t add up.  David and Suzanne had been warned about “scams” involving transplant patients, and they weren’t sure that this call was the real thing.

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American Heart Association Meeting Report states Heart-related deaths increase in winter regardless of climate

 

Maintaining healthy behaviors, such as eating well and exercising, is important in winter, researchers said.

American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – No matter what climate you live in, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

“This was surprising because climate was thought to be the primary determinant of seasonal variation in death rates,” said Bryan Schwartz, M.D., lead author of the study. «Read the rest of this article»

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