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HealthDay Now: The American Heart Association Releases New Dietary Guidelines

In a HealthDay Now interview, Dr. Manesh Patel, chair of the American Heart Association's 2021 Scientific Sessions, shares why the organization decided to shift their dietary guidelines for the first time in more than a decade.

Study Suggests a Perfect Bedtime for your Heart

Going to sleep between 10pm and 11pm may lower your risk of heart disease, researchers say.

Vaping Increases Risk of Early Stroke More Than Traditional Cigarettes, New Study Finds

Adults who use e-cigarettes are 15% more likely to have a stroke at a younger age compared to traditional cigarette smokers, researchers say.

Losing Weight or Gaining Muscle - Which Improves Heart Health More?

Losing weight appears to do more for your heart health than gaining muscle, researchers say.

Vitamin D Not Effective for Treating IBS, Study Finds.

Taking vitamin D supplements does not improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or improve quality of life, researchers say.

Starchy Snacks and Fatty Lunches Raise Heart Risks, New Study Finds

Eating snacks high in white potato and other starches greatly increases the risk of death from heart disease and other causes, researchers say

All Kids Should Be Screened For Heart Issues, According to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The AAP issues new guidelines for preventing sudden cardiac arrest in all children, not just athletes.

Fat Around Your Heart Could Be Especially Deadly

Fat around the heart increases the risk of heart failure, especially in women, according to new study.

A Healthier Heart Might Make You Smarter

People with healthier heart function appear to have better cognitive abilities, according to a new study.

Heart Complications After COVID-19 Are Rare In College Athletes, New Study Finds

Researchers say athletes with asymptomatic or mild cases of COVID-19 may not need heart tests before returning to play

Women With Heart Attack Symptoms Treated Less Urgently Than Men, Study Finds

Women rushed to the ER with chest pain wait longer for treatment and receive fewer basic heart tests, researchers say.

Listening To The Sounds of Nature Has Major Health Benefits, Study Finds.

The sound of birds singing and rain falling can boost your health and lower stress, researchers say.

Heart Health and Brain Power Linked in Preschoolers

4-to-6-year-old children with higher heart-lung fitness perform better on intellectual tests, researchers say

More Young Women Dying of Heart Disease

While death rates for cancer continue to decline among women under 65, death rates from heart disease are on the rise again, researchers say.

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24 Nov
AHA News: Despite Serious Diagnosis Before Birth, Fourth Grader Sings Show Tunes, Plays Piano and Softball

AHA News: Despite Serious Diagnosis Before Birth, Fourth Grader Sings Show Tunes, Plays Piano and Softball

In this day of over-the-top, gender-reveal parties, Traci Poore was different. She and her first husband didn't want to know whether they were having a boy or a girl. They didn't find out with their firstborn before she came into the world, and they planned the same delivery-d...

23 Nov
AHA News: Pulmonary Embolism Is Common and Can Be Deadly, But Few Know the Signs

AHA News: Pulmonary Embolism Is Common and Can Be Deadly, But Few Know the Signs

Public radio fans knew NPR books editor Petra Mayer as an exuberant lover of science fiction, romance novels, comic books and cats. "If it's fun and nerdy, I'm all about it," she declared.

Friends and family now are mourning the loss of the witty, bubbly 46-year-old. She...

23 Nov
AHA News: Is Turkey Healthy for You? Read This Before You Gobble Any

AHA News: Is Turkey Healthy for You? Read This Before You Gobble Any

Since before Americans officially celebrated Thanksgiving, turkey has had a place at the holiday table. Lately, it also has developed a reputation as a relatively healthy part of the big meal.

Does it deserve that reputation?

"Yes, it does," said Catherine M. Champ...

23 Nov
Years of Blood Thinners After Stenting Might Not Be Necessary

Years of Blood Thinners After Stenting Might Not Be Necessary

Folks who've had a clogged artery reopened probably can stop taking blood thinners sooner than previously thought, a new study argues.

Patients are regularly prescribed blood thinners for a year or more after angioplasty. This is to make sure that blood doesn't clot insi...

23 Nov
'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

'Active Grandparent': Humans Evolved to Exercise in Old Age

Becoming a couch potato as you get older goes against evolution and puts your health at risk, a new study suggests.

Humans have evolved to be active in their later years, and staying active can protect against heart disease and a number of other serious health problems, ...

22 Nov
AHA News: What Are the Links Between COVID-19, Brain Harm and Dementia Risk?

AHA News: What Are the Links Between COVID-19, Brain Harm and Dementia Risk?

Headaches, brain fog and that peculiar inability to smell or taste things. By now, most people know these symptoms as a few of the hallmarks of COVID-19. Researchers say they are a clear indication the virus impacts neurological functions.

But what that impact means to l...

22 Nov
About 4 in 10 Stroke Survivors Who Smoke Don't Quit the Habit

About 4 in 10 Stroke Survivors Who Smoke Don't Quit the Habit

About 4 in 10 stroke survivors who were smokers still puff away after their stroke, which puts them at increased risk for another stroke or heart disease, a new study shows.

"If you told a stroke neurologist that 40% of their patients don't have their blood pressure cont...

19 Nov
AHA News: Getting Better Overall Sleep Might Be the Key to Better Health

AHA News: Getting Better Overall Sleep Might Be the Key to Better Health

Improving your overall sleep health could help lower your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other cardiovascular threats, according to new research.

Experts already knew a lack of sleep and having sleep disorders can put health at risk. But the new stud...

19 Nov
AHA News: He Went for Knee Surgery and Wound Up Getting a New Heart

AHA News: He Went for Knee Surgery and Wound Up Getting a New Heart

Just before Mike Wigal was put under for arthroscopic knee surgery, the anesthesiologist stopped the procedure. He needed to check something he saw on a heart monitor.

After the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon told Wigal that he hadn't found anything wrong inside the k...

19 Nov
Advances in Care, Impact of COVID Highlights of Latest Cardiologists' Meeting

Advances in Care, Impact of COVID Highlights of Latest Cardiologists' Meeting

The COVID-19 pandemic, heart-healthy eating, and better ways to treat and prevent heart disease were among the hot topics that emerged during the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.

"I was at the sessions yesterday, I was actually in clinic this mornin...

19 Nov
Low-Dose Aspirin Won't Affect Dementia Risk in People With Diabetes

Low-Dose Aspirin Won't Affect Dementia Risk in People With Diabetes

Low-dose aspirin neither reduces nor increases the risk of dementia in adults with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.

"This is reassuring that an increase in the risk of dementia is unlikely for the millions of people worldwide who regularly take aspirin to protect agai...

18 Nov
AHA News: Intermittent Fasting May Protect the Heart by Controlling Inflammation

AHA News: Intermittent Fasting May Protect the Heart by Controlling Inflammation

Intermittent fasting could increase a key protein that controls inflammation and protects the heart, according to a new study.

Intermittent fasting limits a person's consumption of food and beverages to certain times of the day or week to achieve weight loss. There's no ...

18 Nov
AHA News: Holiday Visits, Even With Vaccines, Are a Balancing Act for Families

AHA News: Holiday Visits, Even With Vaccines, Are a Balancing Act for Families

Annie Clement has a lot of feelings about attending her family's big traditional holiday gathering.

Last year was the first time the 43-year-old did not go home for Christmas. This year, she was excited when a COVID-19 vaccine finally became available for her 10-year-old...

17 Nov
Could Coffee or Tea Lower Your Odds for Dementia and Stroke?

Could Coffee or Tea Lower Your Odds for Dementia and Stroke?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A few cups of your favorite brew -- coffee or tea -- each day might help keep stroke and dementia at bay, a large new study suggests.

For close to 14 years, scientists stacked up coffee and tea consumption a...

17 Nov
AHA News: Family-Based Programs Targeting Childhood Obesity Can Be Good for Parents, Too

AHA News: Family-Based Programs Targeting Childhood Obesity Can Be Good for Parents, Too

Family-based programs to encourage healthier eating and physical activity have long been regarded as an effective way to put children diagnosed as overweight or with obesity on a path to a better future.

But new research suggests an added dividend: Parents of those child...

17 Nov
Too Often, Fatal Heart Attack or Stroke Is First Sign of Heart Trouble in Smokers

Too Often, Fatal Heart Attack or Stroke Is First Sign of Heart Trouble in Smokers

A fatal heart attack or stroke is often the first indication of heart disease in middle-aged smokers, according to a new study.

It also found that heart disease is the leading complication among smokers when compared with deaths from other causes -- including lung cancer...

16 Nov
Stem Cell Therapy Boosts Outcomes for Some Heart Failure Patients

Stem Cell Therapy Boosts Outcomes for Some Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients who fit a specific profile can benefit from injection of stem cells delivered directly into their heart muscle, a new study finds.

Patients with mild or moderate heart failure who have high levels of inflammation responded well to the stem cell inj...

16 Nov
AHA News: Is 10,000 Steps Really a Magic Number for Health?

AHA News: Is 10,000 Steps Really a Magic Number for Health?

It's a worthy, healthy goal to take 10,000 steps each day, but that magic number didn't come from doctors or physical trainers.

In the mid-1960s, Japanese marketers trying to sell a pedometer named it manpo-kei, which generally translates to "10,000 step meter" in Englis...

16 Nov
AHA News: Health Class May Influence Heart Risk in South Asians

AHA News: Health Class May Influence Heart Risk in South Asians

A health education class tailored to South Asian culture was associated with improvements in certain cardiac risk factors and lower odds of death among participants, a new study shows.

South Asians – those with ethnic descent from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sr...

16 Nov
Breast Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib

Breast Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib

Women with breast cancer are known to have heart problems related to treatment, and now a new study shows their odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Women who develop a-fib...

16 Nov
Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

For decades, doctors have struggled with the fact that the benefit of any blood-thinning pill came with the added risk of excess bleeding.

Now, an experimental anti-clotting pill called milvexian has been found to be effective in patients who had knee replacement surge...

15 Nov
Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

People suffering from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms can take matters into their own hands and figure out what is triggering their episodes, researchers report.

Folks with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were able to reduce their episodes of the irregular heartbeat by 40% ...

15 Nov
AHA News: Pfizer, Moderna Officials Review COVID-19 Vaccine Successes, Discuss Future for mRNA Tech

AHA News: Pfizer, Moderna Officials Review COVID-19 Vaccine Successes, Discuss Future for mRNA Tech

Leaders from the two companies responsible for America's most-used COVID-19 vaccines looked back Saturday at how they were able to develop the lifesaving shots so quickly -- and offered a glimpse of what might lie ahead in the fight against the coronavirus and other maladies.<...

15 Nov
Your Morning Cup of Coffee Can Affect Your Heart's Rhythms

Your Morning Cup of Coffee Can Affect Your Heart's Rhythms

Your daily cup of joe might be a quick pick-me-up, but it comes with a mixed bag of good and not-so-good effects on your health, a new study reports.

Drinking coffee helps people stay more active, but it also significantly robs some of sleep, researchers say.

...

15 Nov
11/15 -- Long COVID Rare in College Athletes

11/15 -- Long COVID Rare in College Athletes

Long COVID is rare in college athletes, but those who have had COVID-19 should see a doctor if they have chest pain during activity, the authors of new study advise.

The extent and effects of persistent symptoms in athletes after COVID-19 infection have been unclear, so ...

12 Nov
AHA News: Gay Men and Bisexual Women May Have Higher Odds for High Blood Pressure

AHA News: Gay Men and Bisexual Women May Have Higher Odds for High Blood Pressure

Gay men and bisexual women may have higher rates of high blood pressure than their heterosexual counterparts, according to new research.

The study analyzed self-reported data from 424,255 participants, including 1.8% who were gay or lesbian and 2.3% who were bisexual. Af...

12 Nov
AHA News: Stroke Deaths Among Young Adults Hit Some Groups Harder Than Others

AHA News: Stroke Deaths Among Young Adults Hit Some Groups Harder Than Others

The number of young adults dying from stroke -- particularly men -- has been rising over the past decade, according to new research, which also finds Black, Native American and Alaskan Native adults are dying at higher rates than other groups.

"We need a very robust clin...

12 Nov
People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

If they have diabetes, people with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) are less likely to notice symptoms of the common heart rhythm disorder. They also tend to have a higher risk of serious complications, a new study finds.

"It is remarkable to find that patients with diabetes ...

11 Nov
AHA News: A Heart Researcher's Heart Stopped at a Restaurant. His Daughter's Coaches Saved Him.

AHA News: A Heart Researcher's Heart Stopped at a Restaurant. His Daughter's Coaches Saved Him.

A little after 9 p.m. on a Friday in July, Dr. Kevin Volpp arrived at a restaurant in Cincinnati with his 15-year-old daughter Daphne, her squash coach and some friends. Everyone was tired and eager for a good meal.

Daphne was coming off her second long, intense match of...

11 Nov
AHA News: Plaque-Lined Arteries Put Future Health of Young American Indians at Risk

AHA News: Plaque-Lined Arteries Put Future Health of Young American Indians at Risk

Young American Indians with early signs of plaque in their arteries may be especially vulnerable to heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular conditions later in life, according to new research that calls for earlier interventions.

Atherosclerosis is a common and p...

10 Nov
AHA News: Researchers Start to Uncover the Pandemic's Impact on Mental Health

AHA News: Researchers Start to Uncover the Pandemic's Impact on Mental Health

Depression remained common during the pandemic and worsened for some people, according to a new study aiming to cast light on links between the pandemic and mental health.

Researchers examined the records of 4,633 people at a large health care system in Utah who were scr...

10 Nov
AHA News: Exposure to Some Airborne Chemicals Found Indoors May Increase Blood Pressure

AHA News: Exposure to Some Airborne Chemicals Found Indoors May Increase Blood Pressure

Acrolein, crotonaldehyde and styrene, compounds found in everything from cigarette smoke to plastics, were associated with higher blood pressure measurements for both the top, systolic, and bottom, diastolic, numbers.

"Acrolein is a well-known cardiotoxic chemical, and s...

09 Nov
AHA News: Some Young Asian Women May Face Higher Risks for High Blood Pressure

AHA News: Some Young Asian Women May Face Higher Risks for High Blood Pressure

Young Asian women with diabetes, obesity or polycystic ovary syndrome may be more likely to have high blood pressure than their peers without those conditions, according to new research that called for increased medical attention in this population.

Nearly half of U.S. a...

09 Nov
AHA News: After Stroke, Retired Marine Walks Thousands of Miles

AHA News: After Stroke, Retired Marine Walks Thousands of Miles

Eddie deRoulet never was the type to let others do things for him. Not in his years as a Marine and not in his subsequent career helping others. Then a stroke left him compromised on his right side.

He was forced to retire from his job and to give up his driver's license...

09 Nov
There May Be a 'Best Bedtime' for Your Heart

There May Be a 'Best Bedtime' for Your Heart

Is there an ideal time to go to bed every night if you want to dodge heart disease?

Apparently there is, claims a new study that found hitting the sack between 10 and 11 p.m. may be the ideal time to cut the risk for cardiovascular trouble.

The finding may be worth...

09 Nov
Why Are Young Black Americans Becoming Less Heart-Healthy?

Why Are Young Black Americans Becoming Less Heart-Healthy?

Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Between 2007 and 2017 -- before the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns it has created -- hospitalized Black Americans aged 1...

08 Nov
Vaping Worse Than Smoking for Boosting Odds for Stroke at Young Age

Vaping Worse Than Smoking for Boosting Odds for Stroke at Young Age

Adults who vape could suffer a stroke at least a decade younger than those who smoke tobacco, a new study has found.

E-cigarette users have a 15% higher risk of stroke at a younger age than traditional tobacco smokers, according to preliminary findings.

"The media...

08 Nov
AHA News: Two Omega-3s in Fish Oil May Boost Brain Function in People With Heart Disease

AHA News: Two Omega-3s in Fish Oil May Boost Brain Function in People With Heart Disease

Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help improve brain function in older adults who have a type of heart disease known to put people at risk for cognitive decline.

A new study found that DHA and EPA, given in a combined supplement at prescription levels, improv...

08 Nov
AHA News: Cannabis Use Disorder May Be Linked to Growing Number of Heart Attacks in Younger Adults

AHA News: Cannabis Use Disorder May Be Linked to Growing Number of Heart Attacks in Younger Adults

At a time of increasing legalization of marijuana, a growing number of people under 50 diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were later hospitalized for a heart attack, new research has found.

The rising trend from 2007 to 2018 was most pronounced in three groups: ages 18...

08 Nov
Get Your Dietary Fat From Plants, Cut Your Stroke Risk

Get Your Dietary Fat From Plants, Cut Your Stroke Risk

People who get their dietary fat from olive oil rather than steak may help reduce their risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study suggests.

The study, of more than 100,000 health professionals, found that those who favored vegetable oils and other plant foods as th...

08 Nov
Table Set for One May Be Tough on Women's Hearts

Table Set for One May Be Tough on Women's Hearts

Eating alone may be a recipe for heart trouble if you're an older woman, Korean researchers suggest.

Those who eat by themselves are likely to eat faster and less healthily, which can lead to weight gain, higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increasing the risk ...

05 Nov
COVID Variant Tied to Heart Inflammation in Cats, Dogs

COVID Variant Tied to Heart Inflammation in Cats, Dogs

At a veterinary clinic in the United Kingdom, the staff noticed a sudden and atypical increase in cats and dogs who were experiencing myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Was it a coincidence that these animals were showing up severely ill from a condition t...

05 Nov
AHA News: What Parents Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine For 5- to 11-Year-Olds

AHA News: What Parents Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine For 5- to 11-Year-Olds

A COVID-19 vaccine has finally arrived for children ages 5 to 11 -- and with it, some important questions from parents.

Many are wondering about safety, said Dr. Donna Curtis, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Others are...

05 Nov
AHA News: Boston Nonprofit Helps Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness Launch Careers

AHA News: Boston Nonprofit Helps Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness Launch Careers

In March 2020, just as work was beginning on Breaktime Café -- an ambitiously planned restaurant to train and employ young people experiencing homelessness in Boston -- the pandemic brought construction to an abrupt halt.

The disruption could have killed the dreams co-f...

05 Nov
No 'Fall Back'? Sleep Experts Argue Against Daylight Standard Time

No 'Fall Back'? Sleep Experts Argue Against Daylight Standard Time

Most folks groan when the time comes to either "spring forward" or "fall back" an hour, with the waxing and waning of daylight saving time.

But that one-hour time shift — which occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday — is more than just a minor annoyance, sleep experts say.

Re...

04 Nov
AHA News: Two Heart Operations in Her First 8 Months of Life

AHA News: Two Heart Operations in Her First 8 Months of Life

When 4-year-old McCoy Tittsworth met his sister, Molly, hours after she was born, he held her swaddled body and kissed her on the cheek. She was the little sister he'd prayed to have.

A day later, while waiting to be discharged from the hospital in Wichita, Kansas, her o...

04 Nov
AHA News: How Doctors Can Help Their Patients Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes

AHA News: How Doctors Can Help Their Patients Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle change is a powerful, proven way for a person to prevent heart disease. But to make healthy changes stick, people often need a little help.

Primary care doctors could offer crucial assistance in connecting patients with counseling that's been shown to make a di...

03 Nov
AHA News: A Growing Phenomenon, Youth Caregivers Need Recognition, Support

AHA News: A Growing Phenomenon, Youth Caregivers Need Recognition, Support

When then-college student Lumiere Rostick learned their grandfather, who had dementia, needed help, Rostick volunteered to move in with him.

Rostick, whose pronouns are they/them/their, worked on remote college classes and in between helped their grandmother clean and co...

03 Nov
Think a Little Alcohol Might Be Healthy? Think Again

Think a Little Alcohol Might Be Healthy? Think Again

Wine lovers, beer drinkers and those who enjoy a martini now and then have long been told that moderate drinking beats total abstinence.

Unfortunately, new German research is throwing some cold water on that advice, finding that premature death among non-drinkers is like...

02 Nov
AHA News: 'Balance' Is the Key Word in New Dietary Guidance for Heart Health

AHA News: 'Balance' Is the Key Word in New Dietary Guidance for Heart Health

The latest word on heart-healthy eating is "balance." A new report encourages people to think of broad eating habits instead of narrowly focusing on single foods. Rather than one-size-fits-all rules, it leaves room for personal preferences.

"The emphasis is on dietary pa...

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