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American Heart Association says Leading Health Organizations Support First-Ever Recommendations to Young Children’s Consumption of Healthy Drinks

 

American Heart AssociationPrinceton, NJ – The American Heart Association reports leading medical and nutrition organizations recommend breast milk, infant formula, water, and plain milk as part of a new set of comprehensive beverage recommendations for children, outlined by age (birth through age 5).

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American Stroke Association says Advanced MRI Brain Scan may help predict Stroke-Related Dementia

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – An advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan analysis in patients with stroke-related, small vessel disease helped predict problems with thinking, memory and even dementia, according to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

An advanced MRI brain scan analysis in patients with stroke-damaged blood vessels helped predict problems with thinking (planning, organizing information and processing speed) and dementia. (American Heart Association)

An advanced MRI brain scan analysis in patients with stroke-damaged blood vessels helped predict problems with thinking (planning, organizing information and processing speed) and dementia. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association Study finds flavors play a role in initiation, addiction to E-Cigarette use

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research from the Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science of the American Heart Association flavors motivate individuals to start using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and are also associated with a stronger perception of being addicted to e-cigarettes,  the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives.

Researchers surveyed about 1,500 U.S. e-cigarette users, aged 18 and older, to determine whether different types of flavors played a role in getting them to start and to continue vaping.

A survey of adults who use electronic cigarettes found that flavors attracted many to start using e-cigarettes and supported their continued use. (American Heart Association)

A survey of adults who use electronic cigarettes found that flavors attracted many to start using e-cigarettes and supported their continued use. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Number of Pregnant Women with High Blood Pressure spiked over last four decades

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The number of women with high blood pressure (HBP) when they become pregnant or who have it diagnosed during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy has spiked in the United States over the last four decades, especially among black women, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Women getting pregnant later in life contributes to this upward trend. (American Heart Association)

Women getting pregnant later in life contributes to this upward trend. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports No Added Dizzy Episodes for Adults on more intensive Blood Pressure-Lowering Treatment

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Adults who received more intensive treatment to lower their blood pressure were less likely to experience drastic blood pressure drops, which can cause dizziness and increase risk of falling, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.

Reducing heart disease risk in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure involves more than controlling blood pressure based on arm cuff measurements. (American Heart Association)

Reducing heart disease risk in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure involves more than controlling blood pressure based on arm cuff measurements. (American Heart Association)

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Arm Cuff Blood Pressure Measurements may fall short for predicting Heart Disease Risk in some people with resistant High Blood Pressure

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – A measurement of central blood pressure in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure could help reduce risk of heart disease better than traditional arm cuff readings for some patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.  

Central blood pressure, also called blood pressure amplification, is measured at the aorta, the artery closest to the heart.

Reducing heart disease risk in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure involves more than controlling blood pressure based on arm cuff measurements. (American Heart Association)

Reducing heart disease risk in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure involves more than controlling blood pressure based on arm cuff measurements. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Heating Pads may Lower Blood Pressure in people with High Blood Pressure when lying down

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Applying a heating pad overnight may help people with supine hypertension, a condition that causes their blood pressure to increase when they lie down including during sleep, according to preliminary results presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

Supine hypertension is present in about half of people with autonomic failure, a chronic degenerative disease that affects the part of the nervous system that regulates involuntary functions such as blood pressure and heart rate.

Dr. Okamoto is the study author, research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Vanderbilt University)

Dr. Okamoto is the study author, research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Vanderbilt University)

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American Heart Association says High Blood Pressure affects Young, Healthy Medical Students

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Almost two-thirds of medical students had above-normal blood pressure and were more than twice as likely to experience clinically high blood pressure compared to the general public, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.  

High blood pressure is typically linked with older age, being overweight, smoking and/or being in general poor health.

Young male medical students were 13 times more likely to develop elevated blood pressure than their female counterparts. (American Heart Association)

Young male medical students were 13 times more likely to develop elevated blood pressure than their female counterparts. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says New research suggests Gut Bacteria may be linked to High Blood Pressure, Depression

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

“People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells and bacteria. Gut bacteria ecology interacts with our bodily physiology and brains, which may steer some people towards developing high blood pressure and depression,” said Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of physiology & functional genomics, medicine and psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person's gut microbes to show different patterns - from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person’s gut microbes to show different patterns – from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

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American Heart Association says Temps up, Blood Pressures down in Hot Yoga Study

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Taking hot yoga classes lowered blood pressure in a small study of adults with elevated or stage 1 hypertension, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

While there is evidence of regular, room-temperature yoga’s positive effect on blood pressure, little is known about hot yoga’s potential impact on blood pressure, according to the study researchers. 

Dr. Hunter is assistant professor and lab director, Cardiovascular Physiology Lab, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. (Stacy Hunter)

Dr. Hunter is assistant professor and lab director, Cardiovascular Physiology Lab, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. (Stacy Hunter)

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