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AHA: Vaping May Do Your Heart No Favors

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 […]

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AHA: Heart Health’s Impact on Brain May Begin in Childhood

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A child’s blood pressure could indicate cognition problems into adulthood, according to a new study suggesting the cardiovascular connection to cognitive decline could begin much earlier in life than previously believed. The findings may provide a window into the roots of dementia, for which high blood pressure […]

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AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. Past studies have shown that anxiety, distress and depression are common among people with AFib. […]

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AHA: A Diverse Diet May Not Promote a Healthy Weight

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 — The long-standing recommendation to eat a variety of foods may not be a sound way to promote healthy eating patterns and a healthy body weight, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published online Aug. 9 in Circulation. Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto, Ph.D., of the University of Texas […]

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AHA: ER Visits, Hospitalizations for AFib on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it’s contributing to “an alarming growth” in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to the emergency department for this […]

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AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots — in Mice

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device’s vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a […]

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AHA: Doctor Makes Lifesaving House Call in His Own Home

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning. Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon. Worse yet, it wasn’t even […]