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Even a 2-Minute Walk Counts in New Physical Activity Guidelines

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Take the stairs up to your office. Park a little further away from the grocery store. Walk your dog around the block. Carry out the trash. Any amount of physical activity – even two minutes' worth – can add up to huge benefits for your immediate and long-term health, according to the new edition of the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Previously, the ...

FDA Approves Invokana (canagliflozin) to Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke or Cardiovascular Death in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes and Established Cardiovascular Disease

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TITUSVILLE, NJ, October 30, 2018 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Invokana (canagliflozin) to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular (CV) events, including heart attack, stroke or death due to a cardiovascular cause in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who have established CV disease. ...

Fish, Fish Oil May Lower Your Heart Attack Risk

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SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 – Eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement can reduce your risk of a heart attack, according to a pair of Harvard-led clinical trials. Heart benefits from omega-3 fatty acids were found both in healthy people and in people with conditions that put them at increased risk of heart attack, stroke or heart disease, the two studies found. The Vitamin D and Omega-3 ...

AHA: Age, Race Are Leading Predictors of Heart Attacks in Pregnant Women

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Heart attacks in pregnant women are rare, but the number is rising, particularly among older expectant mothers, according to a new study that looked at the most common factors behind the increase. The number of women who had heart attacks during or after pregnancy rose 19 percent from 2005 to 2014, the study found. "We want doctors to ...

AHA: Traumatic Childhood Could Increase Heart Disease Risk in Adulthood

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Children who grow up in distressing or traumatic environments are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke by the time they reach middle age, according to a new study. While previous research has found links between adverse childhood experiences and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adulthood, the new study explored whether exposure ...

Smoking, Diabetes May Be Especially Risky for Women's Hearts

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women's hearts than men's, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased the odds of heart attack for both sexes. But the rise in risk went even higher for women than men. For example, ...

AHA: Poor Teeth-Brushing Habits Tied to Higher Heart Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggests. Previous studies have found a link between heart disease and periodontal disease – a condition marked by gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage. The new study, scheduled for presentation Saturday at the ...

Think Genes Dictate Your Life Span? Think Again

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people. "While it is a widely held belief that life span heritability ranges from approximately 15 to 30 percent, the findings discussed in this paper demonstrated that the heritability of ...

AHA: Postpartum Depression May Raise Heart Risks

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Otherwise healthy women diagnosed with postpartum depression may be at higher risk of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, a new study suggests. Acting on mounting evidence linking clinical depression to cardiovascular disease, researchers sought to explore whether other forms of depression might also increase the risk for conditions ...

AHA: Vaping May Do Your Heart No Favors

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – New research shows that electronic cigarettes contain chemicals that cause heart damage, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on the endothelial cells that ...

Why Bystanders Are Less Likely to Give CPR to Women

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Some bystanders may avoid performing CPR on women because they fear hurting them, or even being accused of sexual assault, preliminary research suggests. In two new studies, researchers tried to dig deeper into a puzzling pattern that has been seen in past research: Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR if they go into cardiac arrest in a public place. ...

Noisy Neighborhood? Your Heart May Pay a Price

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Living in noise-saturated neighborhoods might be more than simply annoying, with new research suggesting it seems to raise the risk for serious heart problems. Chronic noise from traffic and airports appears to trigger the amygdala, a brain region critically involved in stress regulation, brain scans have revealed. Noise is also associated with increased inflammation of ...

A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks – sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two – have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top," ...

Get the Most From Your Cardio Workouts

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FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – You've made the decision to meet the 150-minutes-per-week goal of cardio workouts for better health. Now use these tips to make the most of these workouts. If you're using a machine, like a treadmill or stationary bike, check that you're maintaining proper form. Just as coasting when riding a bike outdoors doesn't provide a workout, resting your upper body on the handles ...

AHA: Can Daylight Saving Time Hurt the Heart? Prepare Now for Spring

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FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Autumn temperatures may have just arrived, but it's already time to "fall back" an hour. For people who have heart-related problems, they may want to apply that extra 60 minutes in their day toward making healthier lifestyle changes. That's because researchers say when daylight saving time returns, it brings with it a higher chance of having a ...

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