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American Heart Association says E-cigarettes take serious toll on Heart Health, Not Safer than Traditional Cigarettes

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research that will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019, November 16th-18th in Philadelphia,  E-cigarette use takes a serious toll on heart health — a big concern given the high prevalence of e-cigarettes and perception of e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes negatively impact the heart’s blood flow — possibly more chronically so than traditional cigarettes. (American Heart Association)

E-cigarettes negatively impact the heart’s blood flow — possibly more chronically so than traditional cigarettes. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Cannabis may be linked to Strokes, Heart Rhythm disturbances in Young People

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Frequent cannabis (marijuana) use among young people was linked to an increased risk of stroke and people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were more likely to be hospitalized for heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), according to two new preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16th -18th in Philadelphia.

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

Young people who reported using cannabis frequently had higher risk of having a stroke, according to a Virginia study. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association lists 5 Simple Strategies for Healthier Holidays

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Nourishing yourself is smart for your heart and an effective way to take control of your health during the holidays. During Eat Smart Month this November, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, offers its latest recipes and science-backed tips to help you be Healthy for Good™.

American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ movement offers simple tips for self-care this season. (American Heart Association)

American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ movement offers simple tips for self-care this season. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Racial inequities uncovered in hospital admissions for Heart Failure

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Heart Failure, people who are Black or of Latin American descent with heart failure are less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units, a disparity that may help explain long-known racial differences in heart failure outcomes.

Heart failure patients not treated in a specialized cardiac care unit are more likely to be readmitted within one month of discharge. (Rupal O’Quinn, University of Pennsylvania)

Heart failure patients not treated in a specialized cardiac care unit are more likely to be readmitted within one month of discharge. (Rupal O’Quinn, University of Pennsylvania)

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American Heart Association says American Indians may have a higher risk for Irregular Heartbeat

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s premier cardiovascular research journal, irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation (AFib) occurred more often among American Indians than among other racial and ethnic groups, .

AFib affects approximately 2.7 million people in the United States, and it is a serious disorder that can increase the risk for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Atrial fibrillation, also known as irregular heartbeat, occurred more often among American Indians than among other racial and ethnic groups, according to new research. (American Heart Association)

Atrial fibrillation, also known as irregular heartbeat, occurred more often among American Indians than among other racial and ethnic groups, according to new research. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Young Adults with PTSD may have a Higher Risk of Stroke in Middle Age

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, Young adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or major stroke event by middle age, raising the risk as much as other better-known risk factors.

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says High Levels of Chronic Stress linked to High Blood Pressure in African Americans

 

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, African Americans reporting high levels of chronic stress tended to develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, more often than those who reported low stress levels.

Woman Blood Pressure check with Nurse. (American Heart Association)

Woman Blood Pressure check with Nurse. (American Heart Association)

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Nation’s Top Health Organizations Band Together to Urge Patients to Get Flu Vaccinations to Prevent Serious Health Risks

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time, the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Heart Association (AHA) have come together to raise an important alert about the dangers of influenza (flu) for people with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.

People are urged to get Flu Vaccination this year. (American Heart Association)

People are urged to get Flu Vaccination this year. (American Heart Association)

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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 reports Dog Ownership associated with Longer Life, especially among Heart Attack, Stroke Survivors

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association, Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone.

Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors living alone and 27% reduced risk of death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog. (American Heart Association)

Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors living alone and 27% reduced risk of death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog. (American Heart Association)

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