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Student Loan Debt May Threaten Your Heart Health, New Study Finds

People who carry student loan debt into middle age have more risk factors for heart diseases, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: How Cardiology’s Gender Gap Impacts Female Patients

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), to discuss gender disparity in cardiology and how more female representation could help expand research and awareness of heart disease in women and improve outcomes for female heart patients.

Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, New Study Finds

The U.S. stroke rate among teens and young adults continues to rise, while the stroke rate among people 50 and older drops, researchers say.

Too Much Worrying Hurts Men’s Hearts, New Study Finds.

Men who are anxious and worry a lot face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, researchers say.

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.

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20 May
AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She'd Realized It

AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She'd Realized It

Just a few days after Dottie Lewis and her husband, Wayne, returned from vacation to their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts, she started feeling poorly.

This was 2019, a year before COVID-19 shut down travel and before face masks on planes. Dottie often caught a bug while...

20 May
Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

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18 May
AHA News: Rate of High Blood Pressure Disorders in Pregnancy Doubled in 12 Years

AHA News: Rate of High Blood Pressure Disorders in Pregnancy Doubled in 12 Years

The rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders doubled in the U.S. between 2007 and 2019, according to new research that finds 1 in 5 births now results in such a disorder, a preterm delivery or a baby with low birth weight.

The study, published Wednesday in...

18 May
Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

"Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an importan...

17 May
AHA News: At 23 Days Old, He Had Open-Heart Surgery

AHA News: At 23 Days Old, He Had Open-Heart Surgery

Six months after Rachel and Levi Strauss married on the coldest Valentine's Day in Detroit history, they learned they were going to have a baby.

At their home in Houston, Levi helped satisfy Rachel's cravings for milkshakes, chips and queso, and mega-stuffed cookies.

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16 May
AHA News: Stroke Hospitalizations Rising Among Younger Adults, But Deaths Falling

AHA News: Stroke Hospitalizations Rising Among Younger Adults, But Deaths Falling

Stroke hospitalizations for younger adults -- along with the cardiovascular risk factors associated with them -- have risen since 2007, preliminary new research shows. But the chances of people under age 45 dying from a stroke in the hospital have dropped.

The increase i...

13 May
AHA News: Improved Fitness Gave Man Chance to Walk Daughter Down the Aisle After Heart Attack

AHA News: Improved Fitness Gave Man Chance to Walk Daughter Down the Aisle After Heart Attack

Justin Ballard of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, stared at the photos in disbelief.

"Do I really look that big?" he thought.

The pictures came from a joyous occasion -- Christmas Day 2019, when Kelsey, the oldest of his three children, had gotten engaged.

The coupl...

13 May
AHA News: Black, Hispanic Adults Less Likely to Receive CPR, Especially in Public

AHA News: Black, Hispanic Adults Less Likely to Receive CPR, Especially in Public

Black or Hispanic adults who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest outside the hospital are substantially less likely than their white peers to receive lifesaving care from a bystander, preliminary new research shows.

CPR was least likely for Black and Hispanic adults in...

12 May
AHA News: College Athletes Rarely Develop Heart Problems One Year After Having COVID-19

AHA News: College Athletes Rarely Develop Heart Problems One Year After Having COVID-19

College athletes who contract COVID-19 and return to playing sports have a low risk of developing life-threatening heart problems, according to new research that suggests stringent cardiac testing isn't necessary.

The research, published Thursday in the American Heart As...

10 May
AHA News: Theater Director Has a Stroke the Day After a Crushing Fall

AHA News: Theater Director Has a Stroke the Day After a Crushing Fall

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Victoria Shepherd was pulling out all the stops.

She was in her 30th year as a freelance director in Toronto, so the party would begin at her latest play. Her friends would take in a closing week performance of "The Glass Menagerie" by her...

10 May
Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

"Women with a history of

09 May
AHA News: What Expectant Moms Need to Know About Mental Health During and After Pregnancy

AHA News: What Expectant Moms Need to Know About Mental Health During and After Pregnancy

Having a baby, especially a first child, is loaded with expectations. But in addition to joyfulness, many women may experience something else they may not want to discuss: anxiety and depression.

Though up to half of new mothers experience at least minor depressive sympt...

09 May
Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.

That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study.

About one in th...

06 May
AHA News: She's Been a Nurse for 50 Years; the Last 30, She's Also Been a Heart Patient

AHA News: She's Been a Nurse for 50 Years; the Last 30, She's Also Been a Heart Patient

Over five decades in nursing, Marilyn Rantz has done it all. She's gone from working one-on-one with patients and serving as an administrator to spending the last 30 years working as a professor and researcher. She's quite the grant writer, too, having generated more than $100...

04 May
AHA News: The Healing Power of Music for Stroke Survivors

AHA News: The Healing Power of Music for Stroke Survivors

Julie Stillman was 55 years old when a blood vessel in her brain suddenly burst. The hemorrhagic stroke left her unable to compose a simple sentence -- a hard blow for a woman who built a career in book publishing.

It also robbed her of the ability to speak properly. But...

03 May
Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

03 May
AHA News: 5 Ways to Support, Relieve and Remember Moms on Mother's Day

AHA News: 5 Ways to Support, Relieve and Remember Moms on Mother's Day

Moms deserve a break.

It's not news that parenting is stressful, but health experts say the pandemic made things worse.

"Even in the best of circumstances, it's really hard to be a mother," said Natalie Slopen, an assistant professor in the department of social and...

02 May
AHA News: Limited By Stroke at 48, His Wife Helps Him Make the Most of Their 'New Normal'

AHA News: Limited By Stroke at 48, His Wife Helps Him Make the Most of Their 'New Normal'

While a worker cleaned out the septic system at John Cathey's house in Murray, Kentucky, John was down in the crawl space checking the pipes. When it came time to exit, he pushed his legs to scoot out. His left leg wouldn't move.

His wife, Paula, was cleaning the bathroo...

02 May
AHA News: Opioid Prescriptions After Heart Device Procedures Down Slightly

AHA News: Opioid Prescriptions After Heart Device Procedures Down Slightly

Federal guidelines geared toward curbing the overprescription of opioids have modestly reduced their use after medical procedures to implant pacemakers and other heart devices, new research shows.

But researchers say more needs to be done in the face of the nation's cont...

29 Apr
AHA News: She Retired From Playing Football at 41, Had Heart Attack at 43

AHA News: She Retired From Playing Football at 41, Had Heart Attack at 43

Throughout every stage of her life, Tammy Spencer Bey has defined herself as an athlete.

She played softball from a young age through high school. In college, Tammy was on a flag football team.

She continued exercising while working full-time, pursuing a master's d...

28 Apr
AHA News: Uncontrolled Blood Pressure, Diabetes May Be Common Among People With Heart Failure

AHA News: Uncontrolled Blood Pressure, Diabetes May Be Common Among People With Heart Failure

Many people with heart failure also have diabetes or high blood pressure. But new research suggests those conditions, even when treated, aren't well controlled, placing people at risk for worsening heart problems.

"We know that controlling hypertension and diabetes is cr...

28 Apr
Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to h...

27 Apr
AHA News: Hybrid Work Can Be Healthy at Home and the Office

AHA News: Hybrid Work Can Be Healthy at Home and the Office

First, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working in the office. Then when the pandemic started, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working from home.

As the era of hybrid work -- doing the same job in both places -- takes hold, now what?

Th...

26 Apr
AHA News: COVID-19 Led to Heart Problem That Put Teen in a Wheelchair For 3 Months

AHA News: COVID-19 Led to Heart Problem That Put Teen in a Wheelchair For 3 Months

Olivia Lopez came home from school one day, walked into her mom's office and announced: "I can't smell."

It was November 2020, so then-13-year-old Olivia and her mom knew what this likely meant. A test confirmed she had COVID-19.

In addition to a loss of smell and ...

25 Apr
AHA News: Despite Hopes, Vitamin K2 Supplements Fail to Slow Calcium Buildup in Heart Valve

AHA News: Despite Hopes, Vitamin K2 Supplements Fail to Slow Calcium Buildup in Heart Valve

The progressive narrowing of the aortic heart valve in a group of older men could not be slowed during a recent clinical trial using vitamin K2 supplements, dampening hopes of finding a medical treatment for this common but serious condition.

The research, published Mond...

23 Apr
Online Program Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

Online Program Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

A healthier lifestyle is recommended for stroke survivors, but that's often easier said than done. Now, online programs are coming to the rescue, according to a new study.

"Online platforms are a viable and impactful model to address the health information needs and beha...

22 Apr
AHA News: Confused About COVID-19 Boosters? Experts Answer 6 Common Questions

AHA News: Confused About COVID-19 Boosters? Experts Answer 6 Common Questions

When the Food and Drug Administration recently authorized a second COVID-19 booster shot for some people, many of those eligible wondered whether to get one -- and when, given that cases are once again rising in some parts of the country.

Here's are answers to six common...

22 Apr
AHA News: Air Pollution Exposure May Cause Heart Attack Within an Hour

AHA News: Air Pollution Exposure May Cause Heart Attack Within an Hour

Exposure to air pollutants -- even at levels below World Health Organization air quality guidelines -- may trigger a heart attack within the hour, according to a new study from China that found the risks were highest among older people and when the weather was colder.

Th...

21 Apr
AHA News: Overworked Single Mom Collapsed at Work and Wound Up With a New Heart

AHA News: Overworked Single Mom Collapsed at Work and Wound Up With a New Heart

In her late 40s, Alicia Wilson had a hectic schedule. She had a full-time job administering contracts, was a single mom of a busy high schooler, and had decided to take on the challenge of going back to school for a master's degree.

So when Alicia, who was overweight, fe...

21 Apr
Western Wildfires Fueling Air Pollution During Summer Months

Western Wildfires Fueling Air Pollution During Summer Months

Larger and more intense wildfires in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are causing a spike in air pollution across North America that endangers millions of people, a new study warns.

Wildfire smoke has been linked to significant

20 Apr
AHA News: The Challenges of Studying Marijuana's Effects on the Heart and Brain

AHA News: The Challenges of Studying Marijuana's Effects on the Heart and Brain

Over the past decade, marijuana use, both recreational and medicinal, has grown as state governments across the U.S. have legalized its use. But while it might be legal for adults to light up, the question of whether it is harmful or helpful in many cases remains unanswered.

20 Apr
AHA News: Don't Go Bananas -- But Maybe Eat One

AHA News: Don't Go Bananas -- But Maybe Eat One

On the screen, bananas are a menace. Just ask Charlie Chaplin, Bugs Bunny or anyone who's played Mario Kart.

In your diet, though, bananas can be a boon. Experts have a bunch of reasons to like them and see only a few ways the elongated yellow fruit could cause your heal...

19 Apr
AHA News: For 27 Years, Organ Donation Has Been Boosted by 'The Nicholas Effect'

AHA News: For 27 Years, Organ Donation Has Been Boosted by 'The Nicholas Effect'

Nicholas Green should've turned 35 this year.

Instead, a random act of violence claimed his life while he was on vacation with his family in Italy more than 27 years ago. The story captivated a worldwide audience. So did what happened next.

Nicholas' organs and cor...

19 Apr
Heart Inflammation Very Rare After COVID Vaccination

Heart Inflammation Very Rare After COVID Vaccination

The heart inflammation that followed COVID-19 shots in some teens and young adults is rare and a new study affirms that your risk is extremely low.

Inflammation of the heart muscle (

18 Apr
AHA News: Decades-Long Heart Study Shows Longer Lives, Lower Cardiovascular Risks

AHA News: Decades-Long Heart Study Shows Longer Lives, Lower Cardiovascular Risks

People taking part in the historic Framingham Heart Study are living longer and with less risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying from coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis that underscores the power of prevention, screening and treatment efforts.

Sc...

15 Apr
AHA News: Future of COVID-19 Vaccines Brings High Hopes, Familiar Obstacles

AHA News: Future of COVID-19 Vaccines Brings High Hopes, Familiar Obstacles

Looking back on a year since most people in the United States became eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, medical experts can celebrate a technological triumph while acknowledging unresolved challenges.

Looking ahead, they see the same: Exciting technological potential, with...

15 Apr
1 in 4 Adults Has Liver Disorder That Ups Heart Risks

1 in 4 Adults Has Liver Disorder That Ups Heart Risks

Alcohol abuse is a known cause of liver disease. But one in four adults worldwide has a liver condition not connected to drinking that ups the risk of heart disease, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement.

14 Apr
AHA News: At 38, She Had Two Strokes in One Day

AHA News: At 38, She Had Two Strokes in One Day

Even though her neck was throbbing, Saundra Minge invited her 7-year-old nephew and 3-year-old niece over for a Labor Day swim. She chalked up the pain to sleeping funny and thought it would go away.

For five hours, she played with the kids in the pool. Her neck pain was...

13 Apr
AHA News: Connecting Health, Pollution and Fairness -- That's Environmental Justice

AHA News: Connecting Health, Pollution and Fairness -- That's Environmental Justice

In the beginning, the idea of environmental justice didn't have a name. It didn't have much support, either.

A few years after the first Earth Day, a young sociologist named Robert Bullard gathered data for a 1979 lawsuit, filed by his then-wife, about a landfill planned...

12 Apr
AHA News: Couple Had to Wait Until After Daughter's Birth to Learn Exactly What Was Wrong With Her Heart

AHA News: Couple Had to Wait Until After Daughter's Birth to Learn Exactly What Was Wrong With Her Heart

At their babies' 20-week ultrasound, Bridget and Jerrid Conway were eager to catch another glimpse of their twin girls. In the exam room, the technician moved the wand over Bridget's stomach. When she lingered over Twin A, or Sadie as they later named her, the Conways suspecte...

11 Apr
AHA News: How to Keep Your Dog's Heart Healthy

AHA News: How to Keep Your Dog's Heart Healthy

Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a dog's love and devotion knows these furry friends are nothing if not good for our hearts.

There's plenty of research to show that's more than a warm, fuzzy feeling. Studies show dog ownership benefits heart health by reducing...

10 Apr
Walking: Your Best Step to a Healthier Heart

Walking: Your Best Step to a Healthier Heart

When the world gets you down, go for a walk and make your heart happy.

Physical activity is one of the best ways to manage stress and boost ...

08 Apr
AHA News: 12-Year-Old's Stroke Revealed an Undiagnosed Congenital Condition

AHA News: 12-Year-Old's Stroke Revealed an Undiagnosed Congenital Condition

Ten days before his 13th birthday, Trenden Johnston spent the afternoon doing yardwork and bouncing on a trampoline. So when his mom left to pick up dinner, he went to his room to rest.

Suddenly, he felt sick. He vomited. The left side of his body seemed to go limp.

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08 Apr
Few People Get Infected Heart Devices Removed, Despite Benefit

Few People Get Infected Heart Devices Removed, Despite Benefit

When implanted heart devices get infected, doctors recommend surgery to remove them, but many patients ignore that advice, a new study reveals.

More than eight in 10 patients with an

07 Apr
AHA News: Traditional Dances Mix Music, Movement, Heritage and Health

AHA News: Traditional Dances Mix Music, Movement, Heritage and Health

Anybody who's twisted, hustled, boot-scooted or learned how to do the Dougie knows dancing can be more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday night. But when music and motion link someone to their heritage, it might provide a special kick, boosting pride, social connections a...

07 Apr
Post-COVID Risk for Blood Clot Lasts at Least 6 Months

Post-COVID Risk for Blood Clot Lasts at Least 6 Months

COVID-19 increases people's risk of dangerous blood clots and bleeding for months after infection, researchers say.

The new findings suggest that COVID-19 is an independent risk factor for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and bleeding.

"Our findings arguabl...

06 Apr
Got A-Fib? Shed Pounds Before Treatment to Stop Its Return

Got A-Fib? Shed Pounds Before Treatment to Stop Its Return

If you're one of the millions of people with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), losing weight before treatment may increase the odds that your a-fib doesn’t come back.

In a new study, patients with a-fib who were overweight or obese when...

06 Apr
AHA News: Walking Your Way to Better Health? Remember the Acronym FIT

AHA News: Walking Your Way to Better Health? Remember the Acronym FIT

So you put on extra pounds during the pandemic. Your cholesterol's too high. Maybe you need to do a better job managing blood pressure. It can feel like a lot to tackle.

But taking that first step toward better health can be as easy as … taking a first step. Literally....

05 Apr
Does Cutting Back on Salt Help Folks Battling Heart Failure?

Does Cutting Back on Salt Help Folks Battling Heart Failure?

If you have heart failure, there's good news and bad news on how much it would help you to cut back on salt.

New research finds that while it does...

05 Apr
AHA News: She Wasn't Having a Heart Attack -- It Was 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

AHA News: She Wasn't Having a Heart Attack -- It Was 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

Life has not slowed for Patricia Harden of Oakland, California, since she sold her public relations company in 2020 or since retiring from her remaining consulting work the following year. Now 73, she's serving on the board of nonprofits, taking part in a writing group and doi...

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