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American Heart Association reports spices and herbs intervention helps adults reduce salt intake

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – Teaching people how to flavor food with spices and herbs is considerably more effective at lowering salt intake than having them do it on their own, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

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 sets first guidelines for reducing stroke risks unique to women

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.

“If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., M.H.S., author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

A statement by Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary

U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesWashington, D.C. – Today, we honor the remarkable life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for racial equality, human rights and economic justice. Dr. King believed deeply that people of every race, religion and creed should have the opportunity to share in the American dream.

His courageous leadership on civil rights included a passionate advocacy on behalf of the poor. Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the “most shocking and inhumane” form of injustice. These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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American Heart Association reports New therapy helps patients with resistant high blood pressure

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Resistant high blood pressure in chronic kidney disease patients may be treated with an emerging therapy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Renal denervation is a catheter-based procedure that is minimally invasive and uses radio frequency ablation to treat resistant hypertension. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higher blood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to adult blood pressure in African- American men, who have higher rates of high blood pressure than men in other ethnic groups. «Read the rest of this article»

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One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime; World Stroke Day is October 29th

 

According to a new survey, people more likely to witness a stroke might not know how to identify one; free app helps people Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Crystal Wall was having a typical chat on the phone with her sister Chassity Anderson — until her sister’s phone abruptly crashed to the floor and her words suddenly became slurred.

Anderson, 37, was having another stroke.

“Because my sister had suffered from stroke before, I recognized the warning signs and knew to call 9-1-1,” Wall said. “I know stroke is something that can happen to anyone at any time and if it does, you have to act quickly. The longer you wait, the worse it can be.” «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Healthcare providers should aggressively treat unhealthy lifestyles

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.

“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for heart disease — to helping people change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, unhealthy body weight, poor diet quality and lack of physical activity,” said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. «Read the rest of this article»

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Healthcare Providers encouraged to aggressively treat unhealthy lifestyles

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX - Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.

“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for heart disease — to helping people change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, unhealthy body weight, poor diet quality and lack of physical activity,” said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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Consumer Reports Releases Annual Health Insurance Plan Rankings; Including 114 “Best Value” Plans

 

Analysis Found Expensive Care Doesn’t Mean Better Care

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – For the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports published rankings of hundreds of health insurance plans across the United States to help consumers determine which ones may be best for them.

This marks the first time the organization took additional steps to identify plans that both provide high-quality care and avoid costly care.

The rankings data and the “Best Value” designation come from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a respected non-profit health care quality measurement group. «Read the rest of this article»

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Playing College Football linked with High Blood Pressure Risk according to study in American Heart Association’s Circulation journal

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – College football players, especially linemen, may develop high blood pressure over the course of their first season, according to a small study in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers documented higher blood pressure levels among 113 first-year college players. Only one player had already been diagnosed with hypertension before the season and 27 percent had a family history of hypertension.

American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Illustration. (American Heart Association)

American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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