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American Heart Association says Maintaining Weight Loss beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart Association people with Type 2 diabetes who regained weight forfeited the initial benefits of reduced risk of heart disease or stroke compared to those who maintained their weight loss.

Regaining weight previously lost is common and can deteriorate the initial benefits of lowered heart disease or stroke risks.

Keeping off at least 75% of lost weight sustained or improved the initial benefits. (American Heart Association)

Keeping off at least 75% of lost weight sustained or improved the initial benefits. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Veterans with Mental Health Conditions have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal, veterans with specific mental health disorders – depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder – had an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

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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 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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American Heart Association says High Blood Pressure Treatment may slow Cognitive Decline

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LAHigh blood pressure appears to accelerate cognitive decline among middle-aged and older adults and treating high blood pressure may slow down the process, according to a preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.

The findings are important because high blood pressure and cognitive decline are two of the most common conditions associated with aging, and more people are living longer worldwide.

An optical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, Camilo Mejia Prada, shines a light on the interior of a testbed for an instrument called a coronagraph that will fly aboard the WFIRST space telescope. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Matthew Luem)

An optical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, Camilo Mejia Prada, shines a light on the interior of a testbed for an instrument called a coronagraph that will fly aboard the WFIRST space telescope. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Matthew Luem)

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American Heart Association says Blood Pressure Monitoring may one day be easy as taking a Video Selfie

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Blood pressure monitoring might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal.

Transdermal optical imaging measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos.

Screen grab from app: What can you measure in 30 seconds... using just your phone? Blood pressure, vascular capacity, cardiac workload, demographis, CVD risk, heart attack risk, stroke risk, BMI, face skin age and vascular age, stress index, breathing, and heart rate. (Kang Lee)

Screen grab from app: What can you measure in 30 seconds… using just your phone? Blood pressure, vascular capacity, cardiac workload, demographis, CVD risk, heart attack risk, stroke risk, BMI, face skin age and vascular age, stress index, breathing, and heart rate. (Kang Lee)

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American Heart Association says Blood pressure control less likely among those treated in low-income areas

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX –  People enrolled in a large clinical hypertension management trial were half as likely to control their blood pressure if they received care at clinics and primary care practices in low-income areas, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Study participants at low-income sites were more likely to die before the end of the research study or die from complications of heart failure. (American Heart Association)

Study participants at low-income sites were more likely to die before the end of the research study or die from complications of heart failure. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says NASA Astronauts less likely to faint on Earth if they Exercise in Space

 

Findings May Help Others with Fainting Issues

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Nearly 50 years after man’s first steps on the moon, researchers have discovered a way that may help NASA astronauts spending prolonged time in space come back to Earth on more stable footing, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“One of the biggest problems since the inception of the manned space program has been that astronauts have fainted when they came down to Earth ,” said Benjamin Levine, M.D., the study’s senior author who is professor of Exercise Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Former Canadian Astronaut Robert “Bob” Thirsk wearing device which continuously measures blood pressure. (NASA)

Former Canadian Astronaut Robert “Bob” Thirsk wearing device which continuously measures blood pressure. (NASA)

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