The Economy of Walking17 May 2009
Americans responded to questions about how the current economy is affecting their lifestyle from doctor’s visits, to gym memberships, to the food they are feeding their family. Results of the study spell trouble for Americans’ overall well-being and heart health in particular, said Timothy Gardner, M.D., President of the American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the nation’s leading cause of death, with direct and indirect costs estimated to be $475.3 billion.
In a scientific statement on using telemedicine for stroke care, experts said an examination by a stroke specialist using high-quality videoconferencing equipment is as effective as a bedside stroke evaluation. Physicians must quickly evaluate stroke patients to determine if they’re eligible for time-sensitive treatment that can save brain function and reduce disability.
Vitamin D and Adolescents/CVD Study11 Mar 2009
A new study, presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention-Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, showed adolescents with vitamin D deficiency may be more than twice as likely to develop risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
A new study, presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention-Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, in partnership with the Medical College of Georgia, specifically targeted African Americans who have an increased risk of both obesity and diabetes. The study was part of a unique, faith-based pilot program called Fit Body and Soul.
Robotic Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation18 Feb 2009
A new study, presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, suggests robot-assisted therapy may help stroke patients reduce stroke physical disability, even if it is begun years after their strokes.
The Cardiovascular Sub-study of the Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study (DEARS) is the first study to show that two different aspects of exposure — community wide and personal — have differing adverse health outcomes on the heart and blood vessels. Researchers examined short-term personal exposure by fitting participants with pollution-monitoring vests. They found that total personal exposure was influenced by both ambient (open air) and non-ambient (within enclosed spaces) sources and was linked to an increase in systolic blood pressure and blood vessel constriction.
MP3 Headphones and ICDs9 Nov 2008
A new study, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, looked at the potential interaction from MP3 player headphones and pacemakers and ICDs. The study found nearly one in four of the patients had a clinically meaningful interaction when the headphones were placed directly over their pacemakers or ICDs.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring22 May 2008
It's estimated that about 73 million people in the U.S. have hypertension or high blood pressure. According to a new Joint Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension and the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, if you are one of them, you should measure your blood pressure regularly with a home monitor. The Joint Statement recommends which type of home monitors are the most accurate and offers instructions on the proper way to use them.
A new study reported in "Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association" shows stroke patients who underwent walking therapy on a treadmill assisted by a physical therapist showed greater improvement in walking speed and symmetry than stroke patients assisted by a robot.
A remote monitoring program may improve the condition of heart failure patients who are mobile and may reduce hospital readmissions, according to a pilot study reported at the American Heart Association’s 9th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.
Caring for a family member with a serious heart ailment may increase your risk of cardiac disease, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association’s 48th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
A preschool-based intervention program helped prevent early trends toward obesity and instilled healthy eating habits in multi-ethnic 2- to 5-year-olds, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association’s Conference on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism.
Obesity is a known risk factor for stroke, the third largest cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. And according to a new study, obesity is now linked to an alarming new trend...a surge in stroke in the last decade among middle aged women.
You may love the boost you get from your energy drink. You might even drink several a day, but a new study just presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions suggests people with high blood pressure and heart disease may want to avoid these energy drinks.
BMI Rebound Age and CVD Risk in Children5 Nov 2007
Children as young as age seven may already have risk factors for heart disease. A new study found higher blood pressures, higher insulin levels and even thickening of the main chamber of the heart in children at seven years of age. Researchers say these adverse risk factors were linked to something called body mass index rebound age.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors including excess waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL “good” cholesterol) and high fasting glucose levels. The presence of three or more of the factors increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Prior studies linked soft drink consumption to multiple risk factors for heart disease. However, this study showed that association not only included drinking regular calorie-laden soft drinks, but artificially sweetened diet sodas as well, researchers said.
Prospective parents can take positive lifestyle steps to increase the chance that their babies will be born with a healthy heart, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement. The “Non-inherited Risk Factors and Congenital Cardiovascular Defects: Current Knowledge” statement is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. It offers four recommendations. “This statement highlights the need to think about prevention of heart defects in babies before conception and very early in pregnancy,” said Catherine L. Webb, M.D., M.S., senior author of the statement, pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Young Women and Heart Disease10 May 2007
Most women 55 years and younger who have heart attacks don’t recognize warning signs, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 8th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. In a pilot study, nearly 90 percent of the women had the typical heart attack symptom of chest pain, with 7.4 the average rating of their chest pain on a scale of one to 10 (with 10 being the most painful). Researchers said they were surprised that only 42 percent, or four in 10 of the women who came into the hospital, thought something was wrong with their hearts.
New Stroke Guidelines for ICH3 May 2007
An estimated 72 million Americans have high blood pressure, and many don't know it. We've known that it is a major risk factor for stroke but controlling it could help prevent the most deadly form of stroke - Intracerebral Hemorrhage or "Bleeding Stroke" known as I-C-H. That's according to the first new treatment guidelines for ICH from the American Heart Association in nearly a decade published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Adults who met with pharmacists or pharmacy students during a community outreach and screening project about metabolic syndrome, returned four months later with lower risk factors for heart disease, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 47th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
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