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Missed Getting Your Steps Today? You're Still on Track for Health

For those who want to get active but feel that joining a gym or exercising on a daily basis is a bridge too far, new research may have found the sweet spot: walking.

After stacking the walking habits of 3,100 adults up against a decade’s worth of health outcomes, investigators concluded that those who logged roughly 8,000 steps in a single day — even if only just one day a week ...

AHA News: Missouri Man Turns Heart Disease Diagnosis Into Public Service Message

Don Young already had been through an excruciating ordeal with throat cancer that included removal of his larynx, multiple hospitalizations and a doctor's prediction of six months to live – all while in his 40s.

Then came heart trouble.

It started in the middle of the night when he got out of bed and passed out on the bedroom floor. The crashing noise immediately woke his wife, Ka...

Hidden Heart Disease Can Raise Your Odds for Heart Attack 8-Fold

TUESDAY, March 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Millions of middle-aged folks may be walking around with no symptoms of heart disease, and yet they still face a higher risk for a heart attack, new research shows.

What gives? Subclinical or silent heart disease may be responsible. This is the early thickening or hardening of the heart arteries that can worsen over time and cause crushing...

AHA News: A Decade After Her Baby's Heart Surgery, a Surgeon Fixed the Same Problem in Her Heart

Cynthia Felix Jeffers was a baby when her 12-day-old sister died from a congenital heart defect.

She was 22 when her brother, a week shy of 20, died from the same condition.

Cynthia, meanwhile, grew up in New York City being told there was nothing wrong with her heart. Doctors insisted her shortness of breath was caused by asthma. Even though inhalers provided no relief, tests showe...

Caregiving for Someone After a Stroke

When a loved one suffers a stroke, it can be a relief that they survived and are getting good care.

But recovery can take time for the patient.

Making sure they get the care they need can be a challenge for the spouse, grown child or other loved one who is providing that care at home.

Fortunately, resources exist to help you through this difficult time while taking the best c...

AHA News: Many Latinos in the US Don't Get Enough Sleep, and Researchers Are Trying to Learn Why

A good night's sleep is essential for good health, but many Latinos in the U.S. just don't get enough of it.

To shed light on possible reasons why, researchers are studying the sleep habits of those living near the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I honestly don't think we have a very good understanding of what the rates of (sleep problems) are in the Latino community," said John Ruiz, a psycho...

Sen. John Fetterman Improving, Though Timing on Return to Work Still Unclear

FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Sen. John Fetterman, who checked himself into Walter Reed Hospital for depression five weeks ago, should be back at work soon, his aide said Thursday.

The Pennsylvania senator suffered a stroke last May that nearly killed him, and depression strikes one in three stroke survivors.

Still, Fetterman’s depression recovery is going well, spok...

AHA News: Back From Deployment, Air Force Member Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure

As a logistics planner with the U.S. Air Force, Kassandra Benson deployed to Pakistan, where she worked long days and nights coordinating and troubleshooting special operations troops' equipment and travel needs.

After a year abroad, she returned home. A post-deployment health check at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia showed that her blood pressure was slightly elevated. Otherwise, her ...

AHA News: Medical Student Learned Lesson at an Early Age: 'Health Goes Beyond Medicine'

Multitasking is a way of life for Juan Medina-Echeverria. He's a husband, a father of two and a second-year medical student living near Chicago. He often listens to his classes while jogging on the treadmill, running the equivalent of 6 or 7 miles for every hourlong lecture. "I'm killing two birds with one stone," he said.

Exercise wasn't very accessible during his childhood in his native...

Similar Processes Could Link MS With Heart Disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and atherosclerosis both involve an abnormal hardening of body tissue, and recent research suggests they may be linked.

MS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries.

Studies show connections between the two, according to Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. In 2018, a team of Romanian ...

AHA News: A Cause of Death Prompted Forensic Pathologist to Discover She Had the Same Heart Condition

It was Michelle Aurelius' final year of fellowship in forensic pathology, and she was studying fiercely with a friend for her board certification test – the most difficult exam of her life.

When her heart started beating rapidly, Michelle figured there was more to it than stress. Instead of her normal pulse rate of 60 beats per minute, she clocked readings in the 80s. Then 120, then 150...

AHA News: What's in a Date? History, Health and Sweetness

Dates have long been a snack full of sweetness and significance.

Cultivated for at least 6,000 years, the palm date tree plays a role in several religious faiths. Among Muslims, a taste of date is given to infants as a ceremonial first meal, and the fruit is prominent during Ramadan, a month for fasting from sunrise to sunset.

"It's customary for Muslims all around the world to brea...

AHA News: These Healthy Habits Might Also Lead to a Happier Life

Is the secret to happiness a warm puppy? A good marriage? A rewarding career? Or something else entirely?
Happiness means different things to different people, but a growing body of research suggests keeping a smile on your face may help add years to your life by lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease and death from all causes.
Not feeling it? Health experts say there are daily ha...

AHA News: What Happens When We Sleep, and Why We Need Just the Right Amount Each Night

Research shows adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health, and children need more.

But what's happening during those hours that's so important, and what's the danger of cutting sleep short?

A growing body of research shows getting little or poor sleep doesn't just make people feel tired the next day – it places them at higher risk for heart attacks and ...

AHA News: California Man Didn't Know He Was Living With a 'Ticking Time Bomb'

Richard Horton woke up one morning needing to use the bathroom. He got out of bed, took a couple steps and stumbled into the wall.

The 55-year-old insurance broker told his then-wife, Bridgette Horton, he thought he might be having a stroke. It was the only thing that made sense. Still, he brushed it off and went back to bed.

A bit later, Bridgette was headed to a family funeral. He...

AHA News: She Wasn't Expected to Walk Again, Much Less Teach Yoga, After Stroke at 44. She Now Does Both.

LeeAnn Walton rushed from work to a fitness club in New York City to lead a yoga class. Her classes had become so popular that she was booked daily at locations in and around Manhattan.

Teaching yoga was a side job. She enjoyed it so much more than her demanding office job that she hoped to make a career out of it.

On this February day, Walton started leading the group through a ser...

AHA News: Former College Hoops Star Learned She Had a Hole in Her Heart After It Caused a Stroke

Tamie Felty was waiting for her wife, Amy Burnett, to get dressed for brunch when she heard a crash in the bedroom.

"Hey, what's going on in there?" Felty called out.

She heard Burnett try to say something, but it made no sense.

Felty ran into the room and found Burnett on the floor, slumped against a dresser.

Felty is 5-foot-3; Burnett nearly 6 feet. So Felty couldn't m...

AHA News: What Happens When You Grow Up on the Mediterranean Diet? She Knows Firsthand

You can find health advice almost anywhere these days. But finding reliable information and figuring out how to apply it can be overwhelming.

So to help sort things out, American Heart Association News is launching "The Experts Say" as a new series where specialists tell us how they apply what they've learned to their own lives.

Today's expert is Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Horn Distingu...

AHA News: 3 Years of COVID-19: Learning to Live in a World Reshaped by the Pandemic

On March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, everyone wanted to know: "What is this disease, and how can we stop it?"

After three years of terrible loss – including more than 1.1 million U.S. deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – along with remarkable scientific progress, some experts say the question has become, "...

Depression Ups Odds for a Stroke

In yet another example of the mind-body connection, people with depression symptoms may face an increased risk of having a stroke, as well as a worse recovery afterwards.

A new international study, published online March 8 in the journal Neurology, found about 18% of those who had...

New Ablation Treatment Could Improve A-Fib Care

A quicker, safer option for treating an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation might be just months away.

Atrial fibrillation is currently treated with drugs or a procedure known as thermal ablation. Thermal ablation uses extreme temperatures to disable areas of the heart causing the abnormal heart rhythm. The new system -- called pulsed field ablation -- uses electricity instead ...

AHA News: Blood Pressure Measurements in the Clinic May Vary Widely Between Doctor's Visits

Blood pressure measurements taken in a medical office can vary widely between visits, new research finds, offering further support for guidelines that call for supplemental home monitoring.

"These large variations in blood pressure measurements pose a great challenge to determine whether hypertension treatment is actually working," said lead study author Yuan Lu, an assistant professor at...

AHA News: After a Heart Attack, He Ran a 17-Mile Trek Through the Grand Canyon – Twice

During what should've been an easy walk with his wife, Rick Mater found himself winded. It made little sense to him.

The TV executive was in his 40s, active, didn't smoke and maintained a healthy weight. Still, he considered this a sign that he should exercise more. So the former high school miler and cross-country runner pulled out his shoes and began running on the mountain trails near ...

Most College Athletes With Genetic Heart Trouble Can Safely Play Sports: Study

New research offers hope to elite athletes who have genetic heart conditions but still want to play sports.

In the new study, after a follow-up of seven years, researchers found that 95% of athletes with a diagnosed and treated genetic heart disease had no disease-triggered cardiac events. These would have included fainting or seizures, implantable cardio-defibrillator (ICD) shocks, sudde...

AHA News: Latin Dishes Can Be Heart-Healthy and Still Keep Authentic Flavors

Over the decades, traditional Latin American and Caribbean foods and flavors have won the hearts – and stomachs – of hungry people in the United States.

With every immigrant culture from Latin America and the Caribbean have come a cornucopia of foods that have increasingly tickled palates. Sure, the mere mention of staples such as tacos, enchiladas, arepas, empanadas, pupusas and tama...

AHA News: US-Born Hispanic People May Be More Vulnerable to Chronic Diseases Than Foreign-Born Counterparts

Hispanic people born in the United States may be at higher risk for multiple chronic diseases than their peers born in other countries, new research suggests.

Compared to first-generation Hispanic people born elsewhere, those born in the U.S. showed an unfavorable blood cardiometabolic profile associated with obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and asthma, according to findings pres...

AHA News: Doing These 8 Things May Greatly Lower Risk For Heart Disease and Stroke

People who strongly adhere to a set of eight lifestyle behaviors and heart-health metrics may have a lower risk for coronary heart disease and stroke than those who don't, new research shows – especially women, younger adults and people with a lower genetic predisposition to heart disease.

The study also found that adhering to Life's Essential 8 – key measures identified by the Americ...

AHA News: Open-Heart Surgery Was the Turning Point For This Nurse-Turned-Actress

As an aspiring nurse working in an emergency room, Stacy Beckly decided to get some advice about pain she was having on the left side of her chest.

Although tests showed no problems, something felt strange. Doctors said it could be anxiety.

In college, the chest pain continued. Sometimes it was so intense that she went to the ER. Again, test results were normal.

Years later, B...

AHA News: For Black Churchgoers in New Orleans, Religious Beliefs May Influence Health Behaviors

Members of Black churches in New Orleans who believe religion plays an important role in their health may be more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, be physically active and have confidence asking questions of health care providers than their peers who don't share that belief, new research finds.

The research, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology, Preventio...

AHA News: Mediterranean Lifestyle, Not Just Diet, May Greatly Improve Health

Much is known about the heart-health benefits of adopting a Mediterranean-style diet, with its heavy focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy oils. But what about the rest of the Mediterranean lifestyle?

Short of lounging on the beaches of southern Italy or an island in Greece, could adopting the focus on relaxed, familial dining, afternoon naps and strong communal bond...

1 in 5 Folks at High Heart Risk Refuse to Take a Statin

Twenty percent of folks who are at high risk for heart disease refuse statins that could help prevent it, researchers report.

They found that women were about 20% more likely than men to decline statin drugs when they were first recommended and about 50% more likely to never accept a statin recommendation.

The research began when

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  • AHA News: His Heart Stopped on a Treadmill at the Gym. His Wife Gave Him CPR.

    Mark Wangrin and his wife, Barbara, put on their athletic gear and drove to their Austin, Texas, fitness center for an early morning Sunday workout. Mark hopped on treadmill No. 1. Barbara climbed onto a nearby rower. Then she switched to weights.

    While running, Mark glanced at the digital board in the front of the room that tracked people's workout statistics. His heart rate was register...

    AHA News: Much Has Been Learned About Long COVID – And Much Remains to Be Learned

    This much researchers agree upon: Long COVID is a serious and sometimes debilitating condition that can strike previously healthy people after even mild bouts of COVID-19. And rapid progress is being made in understanding it.

    But three years into the pandemic, much about long COVID – what causes it, how to treat it, even what to call it – is still being sorted out.

    "We've stoppe...

    AHA News: While Home Recovering From COVID-19, She Saved Her Husband's Life

    One day last July, Mike Button settled into his home office, ready to start catching up on the backlog of things that had accumulated over his latest prolonged stretch away from work.

    In April, his mom had died following a prolonged illness. Around the same time, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and began taking medication to strengthen his heart. He'd recently gotten back f...

    AHA News: Give Me a Beet: Why This Root Vegetable Should Be on Your Plate

    Meet the beet. Fans of "The Office" may know it as the mainstay of Schrute Farms. Others may have casually tossed them into conversation, remarking that someone has turned "beet red" from embarrassment.

    While the crimson-colored vegetable has deep roots in American culture and colloquialisms, it rarely seems to make it onto the plate where it belongs.

    That's because people just don'...

    AHA News: Understanding the Stroke-Depression Link – And What Survivors and Families Can Do

    News that one of America's best-known stroke survivors was being treated for depression highlights a common and serious connection between the two afflictions.

    Last May, Sen. John Fetterman made national headlines after his near-fatal stroke. On Thursday, his staff announced he had checked into a hospital for depression. He'd experienced depression off and on throughout his life, but it h...

    AHA News: Active, Healthy, Pregnant … And In Need of a New Aortic Valve

    Erin Kidwell had worked all day and needed a break.

    Exercise is her favorite release, so she did a few squats and jumping jacks, then headed out for a run.

    Instead of being home in Dallas, she was visiting her parents in Midland, Texas. About two-thirds of the way through her route, she started to feel dizzy. Her ears rang and her vision blurred. It was August, so she thought the he...

    AHA News: Next Feat For Doc Who Gave CPR to 2 Runners in 1 Race? Preventing More Hearts From Stopping.

    Running the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, Dr. Steven Lome kept his eyes locked on two runners ahead of him.

    They were his oldest kids, 16-year-old Jadyn and 14-year-old Ian. Both are on their high school's cross-country team and, Lome said, "both are way faster than me." His goal was to keep them in sight as long as possible.

    Three miles in, Lome could still see them. Then something e...

    AHA News: The Connection Between Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease Risks

    Hot flashes and night sweats – they are the hallmark symptoms of menopause.

    But there's something else happening to women entering their late 40s and early 50s that they can't see or feel and may not even know about: Their cardiovascular disease risks are rising.

    "As women transition through menopause, they experience a lot of changes," said Samar El Khoudary, a professor of epide...

    COVID Vaccine Bonus: Lower Heart Attack Risk If You Get Infected

    A COVID-19 shot may protect a person from more than the virus alone, new research suggests.

    Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City linked vaccination with fewer heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular issues among people who later got COVID-19.

    The investigators described their study as the first to examine both full and partial vaccina...

    Bad Sleep Can Raise Heart Risks for Seniors

    Sticking to a consistent sleeping routine may help keep your arteries clear as you age, new research suggests.

    Conversely, older adults who slept for a varying number of hours each night and tended to fall asleep at different times were more likely to develop hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attack or stroke, the researchers reported.

    "Sleep is super imp...

    AHA News: To Make History, a Major Study on Black Heart Health Looked Beyond the Lab

    A quarter-century ago, the foundations were laid for the Jackson Heart Study, one of the most significant research efforts in the history of heart health.

    As the largest single-site study of Black people's heart health ever undertaken, it would eventually spawn more than 800 scientific papers and provide critical insights on genetics, prevention and more, based on examinations of thousand...

    AHA News: Heart Problem Could've Ended His College Basketball Career Before It Began. It Didn't.

    When shooting guard King McClure showed up at Baylor University in 2015, he was one of the top recruits in the country. An NBA career seemed likely.

    But before he even made it to his first college game, a doctor told him that his basketball career was over – forever.

    Routine heart screening exams revealed that McClure had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, a condition that cause...

    AHA News: Mom's Exposure to Air Pollution, Even Before Pregnancy, May Raise Baby's Heart Defect Risk

    Maternal exposure to air pollution may raise the risk for heart defects in an unborn child, according to new research from China that suggests the risks are just as high in the three months prior to pregnancy as they are during the mother's first trimester.

    "It means reducing air pollution exposure in the period of three months before conception and the period of the first trimester is eq...

    AHA News: To Improve Maternal Health, Report Says to Start Before Pregnancy

    A woman's heart health prior to becoming pregnant greatly affects her risk for pregnancy-related complications and the long-term cardiovascular health of both mother and child, according to a new report that calls for greater attention to the issue.

    Improving maternal heart health during this critical period could help break the generational cycle of poor cardiovascular health that has be...

    Sen. John Fetterman's Hospitalization From 'Lightheadedness' Wasn't Another Stroke

    FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealtDay News) -- Sen. John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke last May while campaigning for his Senate seat, remains hospitalized after being admitted on Wednesday for lightheadedness, but doctors have ruled out a second stroke.

    “Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fet...

    AHA News: This Is Your Brain on Love

    You walk into the room and see their face. They smile at you and look into your eyes. And just like that, your heart drops to your feet and you can't speak. At least, not coherently.

    What's happening to your brain? Falling in love may make you feel like it has turned to mush, but in fact, it's firing off hormones like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

    And they're all doing different ...

    AHA News: Pro Wrestler-In-Training Thrown For a Loop By Extra Electrical Pathway In Her Heart

    Megan Washington finished running a muggy mile outside the Orlando, Florida, warehouse where she attended professional wrestling school, and found herself abnormally out of breath and exhausted.

    When the group went to do squats and jumping jacks, Megan sat on a couch with her eyes closed. She felt dizzy and was still struggling to breathe. Realizing something was wrong with the 21-year-ol...

    'Neuroprotectant' Drug Could Boost Outcomes After a Stroke

    Using a "neuroprotectant" drug alongside the standard surgical removal of a clot may slash the risk of death and disability following a stroke, a new study finds.

    The new medication, called ApTOLL, shields brain tissue from continuing damage by cooling down inflammation, the researchers said.

    A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is blocked by a clot or when a ...

    AHA News: This Is What a Cardiac Arrest Looks Like, and Why You Need to Know

    Dr. Anezi Uzendu should not be here to explain what a cardiac arrest looks like. He's alive only because strangers at a gym understood – and acted.

    In 2016, Uzendu, then a 25-year-old medical resident, was playing a pickup basketball game at a gym in Birmingham, Alabama. He doesn't recall what happened, but he's told he scored, then collapsed.

    "First, they kind of thought I was jo...

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