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Having an Unhealthy Heart in Midlife Is a Big Threat to Women’s Brains, Study Finds

Heart disease and cardiac risk factors appear to hurt women’s brains more than men’s, researchers say.

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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19 Jan
AHA News: Celebrity Photographer Learned to Shoot With One Hand Following Stroke

AHA News: Celebrity Photographer Learned to Shoot With One Hand Following Stroke

The way freelance photographer Donna Dymally sees it, snapping pictures imparts important life lessons.

"Focus on what's important, and if you don't like the shot, take another one," she said. "We develop from the negative, just like a photo."

That attitude helped ...

18 Jan
AHA News: What Heart and Stroke Patients Need to Know About COVID-19 in 2022

AHA News: What Heart and Stroke Patients Need to Know About COVID-19 in 2022

Two years into the pandemic, researchers have learned a lot about how COVID-19 affects people with heart disease and stroke survivors. But like the coronavirus itself, what everyone needs to know keeps evolving.

"You can't assume that what was true three months ago is tr...

17 Jan
AHA News: Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Humans Offers Promise – and Peril

AHA News: Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Humans Offers Promise – and Peril

Surgeons recently transplanted a genetically modified pig's heart into a man with life-threatening heart failure. The successful surgery became a medical first that is raising hopes of a new, viable alternative for people at risk of dying before limited human cadaver hearts be...

16 Jan
14 Jan
AHA News: Today's Hot Topic: Should You Let Chile Peppers Spice Up Your Meals?

AHA News: Today's Hot Topic: Should You Let Chile Peppers Spice Up Your Meals?

For thousands of years, people have picked up chile peppers to provide their diets with pizazz.

There's no doubt chile peppers are packed with flavor. They also provide a little fiber without salt, sugar, saturated fat or many calories, said professor Linda Van Horn, chi...

13 Jan
Death During Sex Very Rare Among Those Under 50

Death During Sex Very Rare Among Those Under 50

It's a familiar trope of TV and movies -- a couple is engaged in passionate sex when the guy's heart suddenly gives out.

"Usually it's a middle-aged man. Usually he's cheating with somebody else. It's funny, there's this myth in our mind that this can happen," said cardi...

13 Jan
AHA News: Obesity Harms Brain Health Throughout Life -- Yet Scientists Don't Know Why

AHA News: Obesity Harms Brain Health Throughout Life -- Yet Scientists Don't Know Why

Anyone who has put on a few too many pounds knows they can slow you down. Over time, if those pounds grow into obesity, they may do serious harm, putting you at risk for a wide range of illnesses.

But too much weight on the body also can harm the brain.

Research sh...

13 Jan
AHA News: 7-Year-Old With Cancer Had a Stroke. Mom's Rapid Response Saved Her.

AHA News: 7-Year-Old With Cancer Had a Stroke. Mom's Rapid Response Saved Her.

"Mommy, I'm tired" became a common refrain from usually peppy 7-year-old Olivia Story to her mother, Jennifer.

Olivia also wasn't eating as much as usual. And she often had a low-grade fever.

The family was about to head from their home in Chino Hills, California, ...

13 Jan
Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you've never had it, researchers warn in a new study.

"Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularly consumed...

12 Jan
Breastfeeding May Protect a Mom's Heart Years Later

Breastfeeding May Protect a Mom's Heart Years Later

Chloe Jo Davis is a vocal advocate for breastfeeding.

The Wilton, Conn.-based writer breastfed her three sons for years to make sure they reaped all of the benefits associated with the practice.

"Breastfeeding helps build up kids' immune system and keeps colds, vir...

11 Jan
AHA News: Pregnant Women Living Under Negative Social Conditions May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk

AHA News: Pregnant Women Living Under Negative Social Conditions May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk

Pregnant women in the U.S. who face adverse social conditions where they live, work, learn and play are at higher risk for poor heart health, a new study suggests.

That can lead to early cardiovascular disease and death -- and it can affect their children's health, said ...

11 Jan
More Olive Oil May Bring Longer Life: Study

More Olive Oil May Bring Longer Life: Study

Swapping out the butter or other artery-clogging fats in your diet for heart-healthy olive oil may add years to your life, researchers say.

Folks who consume more than 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil a day are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer,...

11 Jan
Unlucky in Love? It Can Damage Men's Health, Study Finds

Unlucky in Love? It Can Damage Men's Health, Study Finds

Men who are broken-hearted or just unlucky in love could be more likely to have health-damaging inflammation, new research suggests.

Serious breakups and solo living for many years may increase the risk of ill health and death — but apparently only for men, according ...

11 Jan
Four Factors in Midlife Predict a Healthy Old Age for Women

Four Factors in Midlife Predict a Healthy Old Age for Women

Examining a woman's health in midlife can predict her health decades later, researchers say.

Four specific factors — higher body mass index (BMI), smoking, arthritis and depressive symptoms — at age 55 are associated with clinically important declines in physical hea...

10 Jan
AHA News: Device Keeps 35-Year-Old's Heart Pumping as He Awaits a Transplant

AHA News: Device Keeps 35-Year-Old's Heart Pumping as He Awaits a Transplant

Jeff and Christina Russ -- and their beagle mix, Lacey -- were walking their regular 2-mile loop through their neighborhood in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, when Jeff began to feel winded. It was a warm Sunday evening in early August 2020, and they were headed back home.

Their h...

07 Jan
Pot Use Raises Risks After Severe Form of Stroke

Pot Use Raises Risks After Severe Form of Stroke

If you have any risk factors for stroke and you like to smoke pot, a new study suggests you should stop toking.

Researchers found that people with an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, a rare, severe type of

06 Jan
AHA News: Elder Shares Stories of Life, Laughter and American Indian Health

AHA News: Elder Shares Stories of Life, Laughter and American Indian Health

Linda Poolaw loves telling stories. At 79, the Grand Chief of the Delaware Grand Council of North America has a few.

Some are nostalgic, about growing up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a Kiowa father and a mother who was Delaware (also known as the Lenape). Some are ...

06 Jan
Dirty City Air Killed More Than 1.8 Million People Globally in 2019

Dirty City Air Killed More Than 1.8 Million People Globally in 2019

Cities worldwide are shrouded with air pollution -- and it’s killing people.

A new modeling study found that 86% of people living in cities throughout the world -- a total of 2.5 billion people -- are exposed to fine particulate matter at levels that exceed the World ...

05 Jan
AHA News: Higher Ed May Boost Heart Health -- But Not Equally for All Races, Ethnicities

AHA News: Higher Ed May Boost Heart Health -- But Not Equally for All Races, Ethnicities

More education is linked to better heart health, but it may not overcome the effects of race, a new study says.

The research, which used data from a large national survey to examine the overlapping connections between race, education and cardiovascular health, found that...

04 Jan
AHA News: From Open-Heart Surgery in High School to Starting Offensive Lineman for the University of Kentucky

AHA News: From Open-Heart Surgery in High School to Starting Offensive Lineman for the University of Kentucky

Kenneth Horsey was digging into a pile of baby back ribs with his family after church. It was Easter Sunday 2018 and Kenneth had much to look forward to in the coming months.

Soon, Kenneth would be headed to his senior prom and graduation from Seminole High School in San...

29 Dec
Science Reveals How Red Meat Harms the Heart

Science Reveals How Red Meat Harms the Heart

Red-meat lovers may raise their risk of heart disease through a chain of events that plays out in the gut, a new study suggests.

Many studies over the years have tied diets heavy in red and processed meats to a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. That type of ev...

26 Dec
Shoveling Snow? Beware of Heart Hazards

Shoveling Snow? Beware of Heart Hazards

Don't let a picture-perfect snowfall turn deadly.

Shoveling snow can cause heart attacks or sudden cardiac arrest in folks with heart conditions and even in those who are unaware that they have heart disease, the

23 Dec
When Gums Aren't Healthy, Mind and Body May Follow

When Gums Aren't Healthy, Mind and Body May Follow

Gum disease isn't just a threat to your teeth. It also increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, mental woes and more, British researchers report.

"The study reinforces the importance of prevention, early identification and treatment of

22 Dec
AHA News: 12-Year-Old Is on a Mission to Kick Kawasaki Disease

AHA News: 12-Year-Old Is on a Mission to Kick Kawasaki Disease

Aubrey Virgin was a healthy, active 2-year-old when she developed a high fever.

Then came a rash that quickly spread over her body. Lymph nodes in her neck swelled. So did her lips, hands and feet. Aubrey cried when her mother, Shannon, touched her.

Shannon rushed ...

22 Dec
Who's Dying Young in U.S. From Heart Attacks?

Who's Dying Young in U.S. From Heart Attacks?

Fewer Americans are dying prematurely from heart attack compared with years ago, but progress has stalled out in the past decade, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers examined 20 years of data on heart attack deaths among Americans under 65 — deaths that ...

22 Dec
AHA News: Making a Lifetime of Good Brain Health a Global Priority

AHA News: Making a Lifetime of Good Brain Health a Global Priority

Twenty years ago, the Canadian province of Ontario launched an aggressive campaign to tackle stroke from every angle: It hyped prevention and awareness; beefed up its acute care practices and response times; and increased access to post-stroke rehabilitation.

It worked. ...

22 Dec
COVID Helps Drive Nearly Two-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

COVID Helps Drive Nearly Two-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death for Americans and has shortened life expectancy by nearly two years, a drop not seen since World War II, a new government report shows.

Life expectancy dropped from 78.8 in 20...

21 Dec
More Evidence Heart Risk From COVID Vaccine Is Very Low

More Evidence Heart Risk From COVID Vaccine Is Very Low

There's a very low risk of heart inflammation after getting the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to a new study that adds to previous research supporting the safety of the shots.

The two

20 Dec
Many Overweight Kids Already Have Hardened Arteries, Diabetes

Many Overweight Kids Already Have Hardened Arteries, Diabetes

If your children struggle with their weight, new research suggests they may also suffer from diseases once seen only in adults.

Stiffening of the arteries, which can lead to early heart attacks and strokes, and type 2 diabetes were found in many of the more than 600 obes...

20 Dec
AHA News: Her Best Friend Died Suddenly at 31. Now, She Spreads the Word About Heart Health.

AHA News: Her Best Friend Died Suddenly at 31. Now, She Spreads the Word About Heart Health.

On a steamy July afternoon in Fort Scott, Kansas, 16-year-old Lindsey Lewis, dressed in a swimsuit and shorts and driving her well-loved convertible, picked up her friend Jill Overstake. They stopped for sodas on their way to the local rock quarry. A group of friends they call...

17 Dec
AHA News: Can the Cold Really Make You Sick?

AHA News: Can the Cold Really Make You Sick?

Zip up your coat or you'll catch a cold!

Most people have probably heard some variation of that parental plea while growing up, or even directed such advice to their own children. It's a sensible request, though when it comes to avoiding illness when temperatures dip, it...

16 Dec
AHA News: An Undetected Heart Attack Led to an Urgent Triple Bypass

AHA News: An Undetected Heart Attack Led to an Urgent Triple Bypass

For more than three years, Gary Saunders struggled with heartburn. Antacids helped -- if he took a handful of them.

He figured it was stress or the "12 to 15 cups of coffee" he drank each day to fuel his long hours managing a busy 24-hour retail store. In his mid-50s, he...

16 Dec
Heart Transplant Successful in Young Man Who Survived Severe COVID-19

Heart Transplant Successful in Young Man Who Survived Severe COVID-19

After nearly dying from a severe case of COVID-19, a young male patient received a successful heart transplant even as he was recuperating from his infection while on a ventilator, a new case study reports.

The transplant was performed on the 31-year-old patient at the H...

16 Dec
Global Rate of Stroke Cases, Deaths Still Too High

Global Rate of Stroke Cases, Deaths Still Too High

While strokes and related deaths have declined in rich nations, they remain stubbornly high worldwide, a new study says.

Author Liyuan Han attributed the overall decreases to "better medical services in high-income countries, which may offer earlier detection of stroke r...

15 Dec
AHA News: Revised Scale Could Lead to Timelier Treatment for Strokes in the Back of the Head

AHA News: Revised Scale Could Lead to Timelier Treatment for Strokes in the Back of the Head

A tool widely used by doctors to help determine who needs clot-busting therapy after a stroke has some missing pieces, according to new research that suggests adding a few simple tests could help improve treatment for people who have less common strokes in the back of the brai...

14 Dec
AHA News: Stroke Survivor's Friend Took All the Right Steps and Found Just the Right Words

AHA News: Stroke Survivor's Friend Took All the Right Steps and Found Just the Right Words

A few days after her 42nd birthday, Elizabeth Hindinger woke up with a searing headache. A doctor gave her a prescription to treat migraines, though she'd not had them before.

A couple days later, the headache unabated, Hindinger drove herself to the medical clinic in he...

14 Dec
AHA News: The Risks and Rewards of Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia

AHA News: The Risks and Rewards of Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia

Every night before bed, Pat and John Sullivan list at least three things for which they are grateful that day. Their 40 years together, each better than the last. The joy they get from art and music. Their ability to keep loving and supporting each other through all the challe...

14 Dec
People Living With HIV Face Higher Odds for Heart Failure

People Living With HIV Face Higher Odds for Heart Failure

People with HIV have an added risk of heart failure, so they and their health care providers need to be alert for early signs such as shortness of breath, fatigue, leg swelling, coughing and chest pain, according to a new study.

“Cardiovascular disease has been an impo...

13 Dec
AHA News: Seattle Nonprofit Offers Chance at a Good Life and Good Health After Prison

AHA News: Seattle Nonprofit Offers Chance at a Good Life and Good Health After Prison

After four years in a Washington state prison for first-degree burglary, Chelsey Johnson learned she was eligible for a work-release program that would shave the final year off her sentence.

She was excited by the prospect, but also scared. Then 31, she had spent half he...

12 Dec
Holidays Are Peak Time for Heart Attack: Protect Yourself

Holidays Are Peak Time for Heart Attack: Protect Yourself

This time of year can be hard on the heart.

The United States has more heart attack deaths between Christmas and New Year's Day than at any other time of year, so the American Heart Association (AHA) offers some holiday health tips.

"The holidays are a busy, often...

10 Dec
AHA News: The Pandemic Made It Hard to Stay Connected. Here's How to Reestablish Healthy Relationships.

AHA News: The Pandemic Made It Hard to Stay Connected. Here's How to Reestablish Healthy Relationships.

The holidays are a time to share home-cooked meals, reconnect with far-away loved ones and contemplate what the next year has in store.

But for nearly two years, the coronavirus pandemic has affected our ability to safely get together in person. With vaccines now widely ...

09 Dec
AHA News: When a Stroke Limited College Professor's Voice, He Turned to Writing

AHA News: When a Stroke Limited College Professor's Voice, He Turned to Writing

Bob Parker was waiting for a parking spot at his neighborhood coffee shop when he suddenly saw a flash. His foot slipped off the break and he crashed into a pole. The café window shattered.

Inside his crumpled car, Parker couldn't speak or move.

A bystander called...

09 Dec
Breathlessness With 'Long COVID' May Point to Heart Damage

Breathlessness With 'Long COVID' May Point to Heart Damage

Shortness of breath in people with "long COVID" might not just be about the lungs — it may indicate heart damage from the disease, new research suggests.

"The findings could help to explain why some patients with long COVID still experience breathlessness one year...

08 Dec
AHA News: Life Experiences, Outlook Influence How People Are Harmed -- Or Helped -- By Pandemic Stress

AHA News: Life Experiences, Outlook Influence How People Are Harmed -- Or Helped -- By Pandemic Stress

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down New York City in March 2020, Jose Montanez, like millions of others in the service industry, lost his source of income. A hair stylist who also ran karaoke drag shows, he made his money closely interacting with people. Even his third busine...

07 Dec
AHA News: Diagnosed With a Heart Defect in the Womb, Baby Had Two Heart Surgeries and Then Got COVID-19

AHA News: Diagnosed With a Heart Defect in the Womb, Baby Had Two Heart Surgeries and Then Got COVID-19

Samantha Snell drove to her doctor's office in Uniontown, Ohio, for a routine ultrasound. Already the mother of three, she was 23 weeks along and eager to get a glimpse of her new baby boy.

"Getting an ultrasound is fun and cute," said Snell, who at the time was working ...

06 Dec
Pandemic Sent Americans' Blood Pressure Numbers Skyward

Pandemic Sent Americans' Blood Pressure Numbers Skyward

Yet another pandemic-related health woe has come to the fore: rising blood pressure.

Data covering almost half a million middle-aged Americans shows that about 27% saw their blood pressure go up significantly in 2020 aft...

06 Dec
AHA News: This Nonprofit Builds Strong 'Ground Game' for Community Mental Health

AHA News: This Nonprofit Builds Strong 'Ground Game' for Community Mental Health

When belongings pile up on the curb from an eviction in Maryland's western Anne Arundel County, Abraham Shanklin Jr. sees more than a housing crisis. When people with low incomes can't find a reliable way to get to work, he sees beyond transportation problems.

Since 1994...

06 Dec
High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

Checking older adults' resting heart rate could help identify those who are more likely to experience a decline in mental function, a Swedish study suggests.

The researchers found that a high resting heart rate was associated with a greater risk of dementia.

"We be...

06 Dec
Young People Recover Quickly From Rare Heart Side Effect of COVID Vaccine

Young People Recover Quickly From Rare Heart Side Effect of COVID Vaccine

It happens very rarely, but most teens and young adults who do experience heart inflammation (myocarditis) after a COVID-19 shot have mild symptoms and recover quickly,

03 Dec
Gene Found in Amish Helps Protect Their Hearts

Gene Found in Amish Helps Protect Their Hearts

A rare gene variant discovered among Amish people may help lower "bad" cholesterol and protect against heart disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among nearly 7,000 Amish people, the gene variant was tied to reductions in both LDL cholesterol and fibrino...

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