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American Heart Association says Young Hispanics often Obese, at higher risk for Heart Diseases

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Obesity is common among U.S. Hispanics  and is severe particularly among young Hispanics, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA).

The first large-scale data on body mass index (BMI) and cardiovascular disease risk factors among U.S. Hispanic/Latino adult populations suggests that severe obesity may be associated with considerable excess risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Blood pressure cuff. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure cuff. (American Heart Association)

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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 more than 10 percent of Heart Attack Patients may have undiagnosed Diabetes

 

American Heart AssociationBaltimore, MD – At least 10 percent of people who have a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

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American Heart Association says Blood pressure control, lifestyle changes key to preventing subsequent Strokes

 

Saint Thomas and Vanderbilt support healthy lifestyle as key part of stroke prevention

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement.

They should also receive other evidence-based therapy specific to their individual health, which may include aspirin therapy or a surgical procedure to keep neck arteries open.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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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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