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American Heart Association says Children’s Cardiovascular Fitness declining Worldwide

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Many kids don’t run as far or fast as their parents did, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

The decline in running fitness may indicate worse health in adulthood, the researchers said.

Boy holding basketball with others in background. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Boy holding basketball with others in background. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Pets may help reduce your risk of Heart Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Having a pet might lower your risk of heart disease, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.

The statement is published online in the association’s journal Circulation.

Having a pet may reduce your chance for Heart Disease. (American Heart Association)

Having a pet may reduce your chance for Heart Disease. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says increases in Heart Disease risk factors may decrease Brain Function

 

Smoking and diabetes were especially linked with reduced brain function.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Brain function in adults as young as 35 may decline as their heart disease risk factors increase, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

“Young adults may think the consequences of smoking or being overweight are years down the road, but they aren’t,”  said Hanneke Joosten, M.D., lead author and nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association reports one in three Stroke Emergencies don’t use EMS

 

Those living in Southern states were less likely to call 9-1-1 than their Northern counterparts.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – More than a third of stroke patients don’t get to the hospital by ambulance, even though that’s the fastest way to get there and the quickest way to get vital treatment, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

Researchers studied records on more than 204,000 stroke patients arriving at emergency rooms at 1,563 hospitals participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke quality improvement program in 2003-10.

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American Heart Association says People with Congenital Heart Disease need Physical Activity

 

Some irregular heart beat conditions may require activity restrictions but for most patients physical activity is unlimited.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association reminds physicians and people with congenital heart disease that regular physical activity is still important and should be promoted.

Congenital heart disease (heart structural problems existing since birth) is estimated to affect more than 859,000 children and 850,000 adults in the United States.

People born with a heart defect need physical activity. (American Heart Association)

People born with a heart defect need physical activity. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says adolescents’ poor health behaviors raise risk of heart disease as adults

 

More than 80 percent of them had a poor diet and many were not physically active.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – U.S. adolescents’ high levels of poor health behaviors and unfavorable cardiovascular risk factors may increase their chances of heart disease as adults, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers estimated the current state of cardiovascular health of U.S. adolescents based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goals, which include both health behaviors and factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, healthy diet, physical activity and smoking. The 4,673 adolescents were 12-to 19-years-old and represented about 33.2 million adolescents nationally.

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports 180,000 deaths worldwide may be associated with sugary soft drinks

 

About 25,000 deaths in the United States each year may be associated with sugar-sweetened drinks.

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks may be associated with about 180,000 deaths around the world each year, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are consumed throughout the world, and contribute to excess body weight, which increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.

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Tennessee Department of Health says be Proactive, Prepared and Protected for Safe and Healthy Travel

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Many families and individuals spend the year planning for and dreaming of their spring or summer vacations. Trips to the beach, visits to faraway relatives and sessions at camp can be fun and exciting and the source of happy memories for years to come.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers tips to help ensure all Tennessee travelers have safe and healthy trips this and every year. «Read the rest of this article»

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Healthy heart = corazón sano

 

The American Heart Association reaches out to the Hispanic community locally and nationally

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all American men and women, and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death.

Hispanics and Latinos, however, face even higher risks because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes – and cultural challenges. That can be a surprise to many Hispanics, both nationally and here in Middle Tennessee.

“Recently learning that cardiovascular disease – heart disease and stroke – is the #1 killer of Hispanics across the nation, was a stop in my life,” commented Shirley Guerrero of Brentwood, TN. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health suggests Top Five Resolutions for Tennesseans

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, conversations have already started about resolutions for 2013. Losing weight and stopping smoking are perpetual favorites for many, and the Tennessee Department of Health believes those are excellent goals and includes them in a list of five suggested resolutions for the upcoming year. «Read the rest of this article»

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