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AHA: Low Literacy Levels Can Be a Silent Health Threat

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) – He kept it from family members, friends and employers. Some of Walter Washington's children still don't know their father struggles to read and write. But his doctors knew. The 64-year-old Dallas man told them because he didn't want to risk taking the wrong dose of his diabetes or blood pressure medications. "I had common sense and mother ...

Walking, Exercise Both Linked to Lower Heart Failure in Older Women

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – The more a middle-aged or elderly woman walks, the less likely she is to have heart failure, a large new study reveals. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among people aged 65 and older. Researchers say the findings are a first and concern otherwise healthy, postmenopausal women 50 and 70 years of age. The study tracked the exercise habits and heart ...

AHA: Nutrient-Rich Diet May Help Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital, Death

Posted 4 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A varied, quality diet could help prevent hospitalizations and even death among patients with heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers investigating nutritional deficiencies found that people with heart failure who lack seven or more micronutrients had nearly double the risk of dying or being hospitalized than those who didn't have ...

AHA: Home-Delivered Meals Keep Heart Failure Patients Out of Hospital

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The delivery of personalized, low-sodium meals to the homes of heart failure patients just out of the hospital has the potential to help them avoid rehospitalization in the days ahead, a new study shows. Poor nutrition and excessive sodium consumption are common among patients with heart failure and are thought to contribute to their ...

AHA: Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Enlarged Hearts

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates. While previous research has established a firm link between air pollution and higher risks of heart disease and heart-related death, the U.K.-based study published Aug. ...

AHA: Heart Problem Forced Her Baby to Be Delivered Early. Then Came a Steeper Challenge.

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) – One night after work, on her way up three flights of stairs to her apartment, Kayde Wolf paused on every landing to catch her breath. In her 20s, fit and healthy, she didn't understand what was happening. The next day, Kayde felt lethargic and anxious. Her heart pounded so furiously that she could see it moving her chest. Tests revealed she ...

AHA: Using Electricity to Test Your Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That's the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses low electrical currents to measure resistance ...

AHA: CPAP Machines May Bring Better Sleep, Plus a Healthier Heart

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research. The study, published June 22 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond ...

Too Much Meat, Dairy Tied to Heart Failure Risk

Posted 29 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Maybe you should skip the cheeseburger and shake, guys. Middle-aged men who often feast on meat, dairy and other high-protein foods could be on a path to heart failure, researchers report. Protein from fish and eggs, however, isn't linked to an increased risk for heart failure, the investigators found. "High-protein diets have been gaining popularity during the recent ...

A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

Posted 23 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests. The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes. Previous studies have shown that social isolation may increase the risk ...

Black Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Among heart failure patients, black people are much less likely than white people to have their care overseen by a cardiologist, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that receiving care primarily from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates for heart failure patients. In the new study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 105,000 heart failure ...

Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Smoking may significantly increase black Americans' risk of heart failure, a new study warns. The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average age: 54. When the study began, none had heart failure or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart ...

AHA: Solving the Dilemma of Not Enough Hearts

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart. But in the meantime, there's a shortage on donor hearts. ...

AHA: This 'Heart of the Family' Awaits a New Heart

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he's known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships. Aguirre's heart troubles started in December 2014 when, shortly before Christmas, he learned he had heart failure – the ...

Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that's been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators found. Previous research has linked fright and anxiety to ...

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