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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.

Do You Know The 5 Most Common Stroke Symptoms?

Nearly 1 in 3 young adults are unable to identify them, study finds.

What Is A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?

3 Key Components To Protecting Your Heart.

The Majority Of Americans Want To Eliminate Seasonal Time Changes, According To A New Survey.

Medical experts say having a fixed, year-round time would benefit overall health and safety.

Do You Know What The Number One Killer Of Women Was in 2019?

Fewer than 50% of women surveyed were aware that heart disease topped the list.

Heart Failure and Heart Disease Are Common In Adults Hospitalized With Flu.

Researchers say annual flu vaccination is essential to stop infection and protect against heart events.

Do Cholesterol Meds Lower Heart Disease Risk?

A surprising answer from a new study

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30 Jul
Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

Deaths From Alzheimer's Far More Common in Rural America

FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates from Alzheimer's disease are particularly high in the rural United States, a preliminary study finds, highlighting a need for health care resources in traditionally under-served areas.

Researchers d...

30 Jul
Teens' Heart Risk From COVID Far Exceeds That of Vaccination: Study

Teens' Heart Risk From COVID Far Exceeds That of Vaccination: Study

Teens have a far greater risk of heart inflammation from COVID-19 than from the vaccines that protect against it, new research shows.

"Comparative risk can complicate decisions for parents in such highly charged health debates," said lead author Mendel Singer, vice chair...

30 Jul
AHA News: Dementia Can Complicate Heart Recovery and Treatment

AHA News: Dementia Can Complicate Heart Recovery and Treatment

Dementia is a thief. It steals a person's memory, their ability to reason, to live independently.

As people age and face more medical challenges, it also robs them of something even more basic to survival – the ability to participate in their own recovery, especially f...

30 Jul
Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

Most Athletes With Genetic Heart Ailment Can Return to Play

Having a genetic heart condition often means the end of sports for young athletes, but new research could be a game changer.

A 20-year study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggests that for kids with most genetic heart conditions, the risks of playing sports c...

29 Jul
AHA News: Deaths Related to Irregular Heart Rhythm May Be Rising, Especially Among Younger People

AHA News: Deaths Related to Irregular Heart Rhythm May Be Rising, Especially Among Younger People

Deaths related to atrial fibrillation appear to be on the rise, especially among younger adults, a new study suggests.

Atrial fibrillation – often called AFib – is an irregular heartbeat that sometimes leads to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascu...

29 Jul
AHA News: She Had a Baby. Then Emergency Heart Surgery. And a Stroke. Then, a New Heart.

AHA News: She Had a Baby. Then Emergency Heart Surgery. And a Stroke. Then, a New Heart.

In her third trimester, Kristy Novillo struggled to give tours of the Redmond, Washington, child care center where she worked as a director. Walking and talking at the same time left her out of breath.

Two months after delivering her son, Dominic, Kristy was still gaspin...

29 Jul
Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

It is often said that stroke affects men and women differently. Now, scientists say the location of the stroke's damage in the brain may help explain why.

Women have more strokes, and are more likely to have symptoms such as fatigue and mental confusion rather than class...

28 Jul
'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

WEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a reason to not feel guilty about drinking a glass of wine every evening: A new study suggests that people who drink moderately may have lower risks for both heart attack and stroke than teetotalers — eve...

28 Jul
AHA News: Find Your Way Back to the Gym – Safely

AHA News: Find Your Way Back to the Gym – Safely

If the pandemic put your workout routine on ice, you're in good company.

Gym attendance plummeted last year, and as people slowly return, their bodies may be telling them, "Hey! It's been a while!" Even the likes of action hero Will Smith acknowledged, "I'm in the worst ...

27 Jul
AHA News: Determined to Ignore the Warning Signs, He's Put That Same Determination Into Heart Attack Recovery

AHA News: Determined to Ignore the Warning Signs, He's Put That Same Determination Into Heart Attack Recovery

Last summer, Don Teigen noticed he lacked his usual energy.

His ankles swelled so much they felt like cement blocks. Then there was his labored breathing. On walks with his wife, Julie, she usually struggled to keep up with him. Now, it was the other way around.

Wh...

27 Jul
High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

Two long used types of blood pressure drugs are equally effective, but the less popular one seems to have fewer side effects, according to a large "real-world" study.

The two classes of medication are both recommended as "first-line" treatments for high blood pressure: a...

26 Jul
AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood Vessels

AHA News: Severe Sleep Apnea Could Damage Key Blood Vessels

Severe sleep apnea is associated with major changes in key arteries and could speed up vascular aging, according to new research.

The study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association sought to shed new light on the link between obstructive sleep ap...

26 Jul
AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?

AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?

"Faster, higher, stronger" is the Olympic motto – and what every athlete at the Tokyo Games will be striving for.

But just how much a human can accomplish is determined by many factors, from genetic to psychological to environmental. Some experts even think we've gone ...

22 Jul
AHA News: 7-Day-Old's Skin Felt Cold, She Wouldn't Eat and Cried in Agony. It Was Her Heart.

AHA News: 7-Day-Old's Skin Felt Cold, She Wouldn't Eat and Cried in Agony. It Was Her Heart.

Throughout Laney Lyon's 1-week birthday, small signs indicated something was wrong. She wasn't eating as much as usual. Her color seemed off. Her mom suspected jaundice and held Laney in the sun when she could.

By evening, Laney was unable to latch on to breastfeed. Her ...

22 Jul
Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: Study

Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: Study

Thinking of starting a family? Start getting your heart in shape. New research suggests that how healthy a woman's heart is before conception affects outcomes in her pregnancy.

Study author Dr. Sadiya Khan said the findings make a case for more comprehensive heart assess...

22 Jul
Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Here's yet another reason to limit screen time and get moving: Boosting your activity levels could reduce your risk of sleep apnea, according to a new study.

Compared to the most active people in the study, those who spent more than four hours a day sitting watching TV h...

21 Jul
Eating Meat Raises Risk of Heart Disease: Study

Eating Meat Raises Risk of Heart Disease: Study

Eating beef, lamb, pork and processed meats spells trouble for your heart, and the more you eat, the worse it gets, new research warns.

The meta-analysis -- an overview of data from a large number of studies -- included more than 1.4 million people who were followed for ...

21 Jul
AHA News: Diabetes and Dementia Risk: Another Good Reason to Keep Blood Sugar in Check

AHA News: Diabetes and Dementia Risk: Another Good Reason to Keep Blood Sugar in Check

There are many reasons to avoid getting diabetes, or to keep it controlled if you already have it: Higher risks for heart disease, stroke and for having a foot or leg amputation. But here's another one: It's a major risk factor for dementia.

While researchers are still i...

21 Jul
Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted Defibrillators

Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted Defibrillators

Just small amounts of exercise can benefit people with implanted heart defibrillators, new research shows.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device placed under the skin to detect abnormal heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock to ...

21 Jul
Breastfed Babies Have Healthier Blood Pressure as Kids

Breastfed Babies Have Healthier Blood Pressure as Kids

Here's another reason for new moms to give breastfeeding a try: Toddlers who were breastfed for even a few days have lower blood pressure than those who always got a bottle, research finds.

And lower blood pressure at an early age may lead to a healthier heart and blood ...

20 Jul
AHA News: Retired Entertainer Thought She Slept Awkwardly. It Was a Stroke.

AHA News: Retired Entertainer Thought She Slept Awkwardly. It Was a Stroke.

Sharon Murff began her 58th birthday before dawn with a clicking sound in her head.

She didn't feel any pain. Yet when she looked in the mirror, the left side of her face seemed distorted.

"I didn't recognize myself," she said. "I thought maybe I just slept funny a...

20 Jul
One-Dose Blood Thinner Could Slash Blood Clot Risk After Knee Replacement

One-Dose Blood Thinner Could Slash Blood Clot Risk After Knee Replacement

Anyone who's ever undergone knee replacement understands the real and troubling risk of post-op blood clots. Many patients are told take a daily blood thinner pill long after their procedure.

But a new study finds that a one-time injection of an experimental blood thinn...

16 Jul
AHA News: Lifelong Tennis Player Has Heart Attack on the Court

AHA News: Lifelong Tennis Player Has Heart Attack on the Court

One balmy Wednesday evening, Kumar Seetharam devoured a slice of cheese pizza at his in-laws' house, then headed to a tennis court to hit balls with his 15-year-old daughter, Faith.

For Kumar, an avid tennis player, the exercise was a welcome break. The Florida resident ...

16 Jul
Statin's Health Benefits Far Outweigh  Any Potential Harms: Study

Statin's Health Benefits Far Outweigh  Any Potential Harms: Study

The heart benefits of cholesterol-lowering statins in people without heart disease far exceed the risks of any side effects, a new review finds.

Statins are widely prescribed to people with heart disease, and recent guidelines recommend greater preventive use of the drug...

15 Jul
AHA News: How Healthy Is Your Neighborhood? Where You Live Can Greatly Affect Heart, Brain Health

AHA News: How Healthy Is Your Neighborhood? Where You Live Can Greatly Affect Heart, Brain Health

Liz Harris won't let anything stop her from walking. Three mornings a week, she descends three flights of stairs and heads to Anacostia Park. It's a 10-minute walk just to get there. If none of her friends are available, she walks alone. But they worry about her when she does....

14 Jul
AHA News: Genetic Problem Led to a Heart Transplant at 24. Her New Heart Has a Genetic Problem, Too.

AHA News: Genetic Problem Led to a Heart Transplant at 24. Her New Heart Has a Genetic Problem, Too.

At 13, Leilani Graham was running on the treadmill in her garage when she suddenly collapsed. Her mother, who was supposed to be gone, heard a bizarre moaning sound coming from the garage and rushed to find her daughter unconscious. She immediately called 911.

At the eme...

13 Jul
AHA News: The Challenge of Diabetes in the Black Community Needs Comprehensive Solutions

AHA News: The Challenge of Diabetes in the Black Community Needs Comprehensive Solutions

One thing is clear about the serious problem of diabetes among Black people in the United States: It's not just one thing causing the problem.

"It's really at all levels," said Dr. Joshua J. Joseph, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabet...

13 Jul
Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain.

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate ...

12 Jul
AHA News: How Technology Is Improving Health Information Access for the Deaf Community

AHA News: How Technology Is Improving Health Information Access for the Deaf Community

Early in Dr. Michael McKee's career, one of his patients, who was deaf, died from a heart attack. It led him to study how to prevent it from happening to others.

That tragic event might not have happened, he said, if there had been "accessible community health education ...

09 Jul
AHA News: Born With a Severe Heart Defect, 9-Year-Old Boy Defies All Odds

AHA News: Born With a Severe Heart Defect, 9-Year-Old Boy Defies All Odds

Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Hannah Lewis eagerly went to a doctor's visit expecting to learn the gender of her first child. Only 19, Lewis was excited and nervous about becoming a mother, and thrilled when she learned she was having a boy.

But that day, her doctor r...

08 Jul
AHA News: How to Eat Right and Save Money at the Same Time

AHA News: How to Eat Right and Save Money at the Same Time

You want to eat healthy. You need to save cash. Can you have it both ways?

Yes, experts say.

"People think that healthy eating is an elite thing, that it's something you can only do if you have lots of money, and lots of spare time, and all kinds of fancy equipment...

08 Jul
Low-Dose Aspirin Cuts Heart Risks in Patients Battling Pneumonia

Low-Dose Aspirin Cuts Heart Risks in Patients Battling Pneumonia

Aspirin has long been taken by heart patients to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, but a new study suggests that it can also guard against cardiovascular trouble in pneumonia patients.

Such complications are common in pneumonia patients and strongly associated ...

07 Jul
AHA News: Fit and 41, She Thought Nothing of Her Family History – Until Her Heart Attack

AHA News: Fit and 41, She Thought Nothing of Her Family History – Until Her Heart Attack

Nicole Lazowski was no stranger to hospitals.

Her father battled heart disease for as long as she could remember. She was 7 when he had his first of five heart attacks.

"I grew up in and out of hospitals, going there with my parents," Nicole said. "My father was a ...

07 Jul
Plant-Based Diet Best for Your Heart

Plant-Based Diet Best for Your Heart

Want to be good to your ticker?

Load up on veggies — especially beans, Italian researchers recommend.

They've published a comprehensive review of research on eating habits and heart disease that provides consistent evidence that eating less salt and animal protei...

06 Jul
AHA News: Smoking Harms the Brain, Raises Dementia Risk – But Not If You Quit

AHA News: Smoking Harms the Brain, Raises Dementia Risk – But Not If You Quit

Everyone knows smoking is bad for the heart and lungs. But the damage it does to the brain often gets less attention than it should – from smokers and health care providers alike.

Researchers say that comes at a steep cost.

"We know that smoking harms every organ...

01 Jul
AHA News: Watermelon Is a Summertime Staple. But What's Hidden Behind the Sweetness?

AHA News: Watermelon Is a Summertime Staple. But What's Hidden Behind the Sweetness?

Whether they're serving as snacks at a family reunion or props in a late-night comedy act, watermelons and fun just seem to go together. But how does watermelon hold up health-wise?

Smashingly, you might say.

"I'm definitely impressed by its health benefits," said ...

01 Jul
AHA News: Diagnosed With Preeclampsia Late in Pregnancy, She Had a Stroke 5 Days After Giving Birth

AHA News: Diagnosed With Preeclampsia Late in Pregnancy, She Had a Stroke 5 Days After Giving Birth

Always game for a new challenge, Andrea Engfer began running with a friend in her small town of Orting, Washington. She liked it so much, she signed up for a 5K. Then another – and so on.

"I try to improve every time, even if it's by 10 seconds," she said. "That gets m...

01 Jul
Sleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy Life

Sleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy Life

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Poor quality sleep can shave years off your life, and these effects may be magnified if you don't get enough physical activity.

That's the bad news. The good news is that getting more exercise may help counter...

01 Jul
Wealth & Health: How Big Financial Changes Affect Your Heart

Wealth & Health: How Big Financial Changes Affect Your Heart

The state of your finances may affect more than your pocketbook.

So claims new research that suggests a loss of wealth is associated with an increased risk of heart problems, while a boost in finances is associated with a lower risk.

"Low wealth is a risk fact...

30 Jun
AHA News: Women With Heart Failure From Breast Cancer Treatment May Fare Better Than Previously Thought

AHA News: Women With Heart Failure From Breast Cancer Treatment May Fare Better Than Previously Thought

Women who develop heart failure following certain breast cancer treatments are generally healthier and have a better prognosis than those with heart failure from other causes, a new study finds.

Two widely used treatments for breast cancer are known to harm the heart. A ...

30 Jun
AHA News: Farming Takes Root in Seattle-Area Food Desert

AHA News: Farming Takes Root in Seattle-Area Food Desert

Nine thousand miles separate Veronica Karanja from her mother's farm in Kenya and where she now farms in Kent, Washington.

Karanja's expertise – and her vegetables that are culturally significant in Kenya – are helping transform a food desert just south of Seattle by...

30 Jun
Delicious & Deadly: Southern U.S. Diet Tied to Higher Odds for Sudden Death

Delicious & Deadly: Southern U.S. Diet Tied to Higher Odds for Sudden Death

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a traditional Southern-style spread of fried chicken, pork rinds, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea?

Don't make it an everyday habit.

These staples of a r...

29 Jun
AHA News: Embraceable, Healthy News: Hugging Is Back

AHA News: Embraceable, Healthy News: Hugging Is Back

After a year of being COVID-cautious, Linda Matisoff counted the days until she could hug her 5-year-old granddaughter, Laila, again.

In March, two weeks after getting her second dose of the vaccine, it was finally time.

"We were coming down the street, getting clo...

29 Jun
Unhappy Marriages Could Mean Shorter Lives for Men

Unhappy Marriages Could Mean Shorter Lives for Men

Men, take note: An unhappy marriage might end in divorce, but staying unhappily hitched could also raise your risk of stroke or early death, a new Israeli study suggests.

The increased risk was as much as that seen with smoking or a 'couch potato' lifestyle, said lead re...

29 Jun
Weekly Injected Drug Could Boost Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Weekly Injected Drug Could Boost Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes face heightened risks for heart attack and stroke, as well as progressive kidney disease. But a new once-a-week injected drug called efpeglenatide could greatly reduce their odds for those outcomes, new research shows.

The clinical trial was ...

28 Jun
High Deductibles Keep Folks With Chest Pain From Calling 911

High Deductibles Keep Folks With Chest Pain From Calling 911

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The public health message has always been loud and clear: If you are experiencing a medical emergency such as chest pain, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

But a new study shows that a $1,000 or hig...

28 Jun
AHA News: Doctor Thought High Blood Pressure Was His Only Problem – Then He Had a Heart Attack

AHA News: Doctor Thought High Blood Pressure Was His Only Problem – Then He Had a Heart Attack

Dr. David Watlington knew his family history put him at increased risk of heart disease.

Even so, when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February, he blamed it on the 18 pounds he'd gained over the past year.

His cholesterol was normal and he'd passed a ...

25 Jun
AHA News: As She Makes History, Dr. Rachel Levine Stays Focused on Healing

AHA News: As She Makes History, Dr. Rachel Levine Stays Focused on Healing

Dr. Rachel Levine wanted to work in health because she wanted to help people. Along the way, she became an icon.

Levine, the assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, made history in March when she became the first openly transgender ...

24 Jun
Potato Chips, Fatty Lunches Greatly Raise Your Heart Risks

Potato Chips, Fatty Lunches Greatly Raise Your Heart Risks

A steady lunch routine of cheeseburgers and fries may shorten your life, but loading your dinner plate with vegetables could do the opposite.

Those are among the findings of a new study looking at the potential health effects of not only what people eat, but when.

...

24 Jun
AHA News: After a Stroke at 26, Determined Athlete Fights Back

AHA News: After a Stroke at 26, Determined Athlete Fights Back

Jesse Shea felt a little cloudy when he got up for work on a Monday. He chalked it up to being out later than usual to watch football with friends.

Jesse drove to the dock in Cape May, New Jersey, where he worked on a tugboat for a salvage operation. It was a demanding j...

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