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AHA News: Evidence Grows for an HPV-Heart Disease Connection

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MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country. In several studies, it's also linked to the nation's leading cause of death – cardiovascular disease. There are more than 150 strains of HPV, including the ones responsible for cancers of the cervix, penis, anus and the back of the throat. In...

Heart Patients Pay the Price When Nearby Pharmacy Closes

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FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 – When a neighborhood pharmacy shuts down, it could have dire repercussions for heart patients living nearby, new research suggests. That's because such closures could mean patients skip or stop taking the prescriptions they need to stay healthy and safe, according to a team from the University of Illinois at Chicago. "These findings provide strong evidence that pharmacy...

When to Create and Update a Will

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THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 – Making a will is essential so that the court system isn't deciding who will inherit your possessions or serve as guardians for young children if something happens to you. But don't think of your will as static. It should evolve as your life does. Legal experts suggest reviewing it yearly and updating as needed to reflect big personal changes like having another child,...

New Evidence That Veggies Beat Steak for Heart Health

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WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 – Your heart will thank you if you replace red meat with healthy plant proteins. Doing so will lower your odds for heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from 36 trials involving more than 1,800 people to learn how different diets affected heart disease risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and lipoproteins. They...

AHA News: Teen's Trip to the Mall Could Have Been Her Last

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TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking. Peter Hubby, Sydney's stepfather, saw her fall to the ground before even getting to the mall. He figured...

Your Life Span May Be Foretold in Your Heart Beats

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TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 – Where your resting heart rate goes, so goes your health. That's the suggestion of a new study that found older Swedish men with a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute had a doubled risk of an early death, even though that rate is well within the normal range of 50 to 100 beats per minute. That increase in risk held for both death from any cause and death linked to...

Israeli Team Announces First 3D-Printed Heart Using Human Cells

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MONDAY, April 15, 2019 – The world's first complete 3D printer-generated heart, made using the patient's own cells and materials, has been created in a lab. Until now, success has been limited to printing only simple tissues without blood vessels. "This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and...

'Added Sugars' Label on Foods Could Save Many Lives

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MONDAY, April 15, 2019 – A new Nutrition Facts label that highlights the amount of added sugars in food could prevent nearly 1 million cases of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The new label, first proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2016, adds a new line under the Total Carbohydrate category that details the amount of sugar that has been added on top...

AHA News: Medical School Project Pushes Healthy Habits 'Beyond Hospital Walls'

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THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – During her third year of medical school, Terry Gao learned how classroom training doesn't always answer real-world questions – like how to get people to eat better. As part of an internal medicine rotation at a hospital, she treated patients who returned again and again with the same ailments, especially heart disease and diabetes....

AHA News: She Wrote Goodbye Letters to Her Kids. A Transplant Kept Them From Being Read

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TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – The first time Cherron Gilmore was denied a heart transplant, it was because her support system was too small. The second time, it was because she had a compromised immune system. The third time? She wasn't sick enough. Once Cherron was on life support, doctors feared even if they gave her an artificial heart to bridge the time needed to...

All Her Organs Were in the Wrong Place, But Rose Bentley Lived to 99

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MONDAY, April 8, 2019 – Before her recent passing at the ripe old age of 99, Rose Marie Bentley harbored a remarkable secret. Outwardly, nothing seemed out of place or extraordinary about this longtime resident of Oregon's rural northwest. Bentley and her husband had five children and ran a farm and pet supply store in the town of Molalla. She taught Sunday school and sang choir at their United...

Why Do Older Heart Attack Patients Get Worse Care?

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SATURDAY, April 6, 2019 – If you're over 65 and have a heart attack, your care may be compromised, a new study finds. In fact, you're less apt than younger patients to receive a timely angioplasty to open blocked arteries. You're also likely to have more complications and a greater risk of dying, researchers say. "Seniors were less likely to undergo [angioplasty] for a heart attack and if they...

Black Women in the U.S. Still Missing Out on Heart Care

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FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 – Older black American women are much less likely to be treated for heart attack and heart disease than white and Hispanic women, researchers say. "Our study shows that black women still receive less recommended therapy for heart attacks and coronary heart disease than white women, and that improving these racial disparities is still needed," said study author Tarryn...

Heart Deaths Declined After Obamacare Began

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FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 – Medicaid expansion under "Obamacare" may have quickly translated into fewer heart disease deaths among middle-aged Americans, a new study suggests. In 2014, many U.S. states began expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – making more lower-income residents eligible for coverage. It's known that those expanded programs reduced the ranks of...

AHA News: Couple Kept the Faith as Baby Neared Death -- and Then a Transplant Saved Him

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TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Rikki and Greg Myers were excited to hear whether their first child would be a boy or a girl. They were hosting Thanksgiving and wanted to reveal the gender then. Yet when the doctor spoke, the only words that mattered were, "Your baby has formed only half a heart." The test showed their baby boy had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. With...

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