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Cancer Survivors Face Higher Heart Risks Later

THURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you survive cancer, you're more apt to have heart trouble later on, a new study shows.

Researchers found that compared to others, cancer survivors had a 42% greater risk of heart disease, most likely due to

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  • June 30, 2022
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  • AHA News: 8 Days After Giving Birth, 29-Year-Old Had a Stroke

    Noelia Gutierrez appreciated her mother traveling from New York to Florida to help with the arrival of her third child. One day, Gutierrez decided to have a fun lunch: She would introduce her mom to sushi. And her brother, a flight attendant who was on the road, would witness the occasion via video chat.

    Holding her 8-day-old daughter against her chest, Gutierrez was eating at her kitchen...

    AHA News: Sleep Joins Revamped List of Heart Health Essentials

    Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that.

    Since 2010, the American Heart Association has said seven modifiable components – maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar – were key to ideal cardiovascul...

    Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

    Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need the specialty care are still more likely to receive it at a hospital with fewer resources.

    And this can hurt the...

    AHA News: 38-Year-Old Learns the Surprising Reason She Had a Heart Attack

    As she finished mowing the lawn of her home in Girard, Ohio, Amy Kren had a somewhat familiar feeling.

    The shortness of breath and tightness in her chest seemed like another asthma attack. She went into the garage and put a hand on a lawn chair to steady herself and placed her other hand on her chest, trying to catch her breath. The symptoms didn't subside so she went into the house and t...

    AHA News: 9 Ways to Protect Your Heart and Brain From the Summer Heat

    Your favorite summertime playlist probably has more songs about surfing than about potential health risks. But with much of the nation having already sweated out a historic heat wave in June, health experts would like to add a note of caution to the mix.

    Hot weather is like a stress test for your heart, said Dr. Lance Becker, chair of emergency medicine at Northwell Health, a health care ...

    Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

    MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

    The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for

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  • June 27, 2022
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  • AHA News: 5 Steps for a Heart-Healthy Grilling Season

    The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill.

    For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling – including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers – are processed or high in saturated fat and sodium, which contribute to heart health risks. And studies sho...

    Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

    Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage.

    "There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful...

    New Guidelines Have Some Stroke Patients Dropping Aspirin. That Could Be Dangerous

    After decades where millions of Americans who were at risk for cardiovascular trouble were told a daily low-dose aspirin would guard against strokes and heart attacks, new guidelines issued this spring recommend that the strategy is not worth the bleeding risks in those over 60.

    That's been plenty confusing for patients who aren't sure what is the safest course forward.

    Diane Manzel...

    Vitamins, Supplements Useless for Most People: Expert Panel

    TUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking.

    While there is some research showing that a daily multi...

    AHA News: Kitchen Magnet With List of Heart Attack Symptoms Convinced Him to Go to the Hospital

    Danny Saxon was finishing a job repairing and cleaning a pool this past February when he started feeling like he had bad indigestion.

    He popped a couple antacid pills and chugged a few bottles of water. He tried to make himself burp, hoping that would alleviate the pressure.

    Minutes later, both his arms started tingling, almost vibrating, like all the muscles in his arms were tighte...

    How Grief Harms the Body After a Spouse's Death

    Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.

    A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.

    When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in

    AHA News: Can the Groan-Up Humor of 'Dad Jokes' Possibly Be Good for Health?

    In honor of Father's Day, here's a health quiz:

    • If asked whether you just got a haircut, have you ever said, "No, I got them all cut."
    • If your son said, "I'm hungry!" Would you reply, "Hello, Hungry – I'm Dad."
    • If your daughter asked you to make her a milkshake, would you tell her, "Poof! You're a milkshake."

    If you answered yes to any of those, you've c...

    AHA News: Why the World of LGBTQ Health Doesn't Fit Under a Single Label

    LGBTQ people may celebrate as one during Pride Month. But when the topic is health, experts say it's crucial to acknowledge differences.

    Too often, LGBTQ people are considered one entity, "as if they all have the same issues, all have the same needs," said Dr. Carl Streed Jr., assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. "But that is not at all the case."

    AHA News: She Thought She Had Bronchitis, But the Problem Was Her Heart

    Terita Grier has struggled with obesity her whole life. She also has diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading risk factors for heart disease. Her dad died of a massive heart attack a month before she got married in her mid-20s. As she approached 50, Grier had a heart stress test.

    The doctor didn't detect any problems.

    Fast forward three months. Grier began coughing, wheezing an...

    AHA News: Take These 7 Healthy Habits on Your Summer Road Trip

    You've spent the past couple of years staying fit and healthy despite the unusual circumstances of mostly staying home.

    Now you're packing the car for a well-deserved summer road trip, fraught with fast food, convenience stores and hours of sitting around with unhealthy snacks within arm's reach.

    Can you keep up the good work? You can, experts say – if you plan.

    "The idea is...

    AHA News: After Stroke at 32, Young Mom's Small Town Pitched in to Help

    Elizabeth Gilberg recently picked up a few new skills.

    At 50, she's learned to knit and is relearning how to quilt. She took lessons in cross-country skiing and tried her hand at beekeeping. Bike riding didn't go so well, but she's game to keep trying.

    Like many women whose children have grown, Gilberg, a mother of four, now has more time for herself. The difference is, she wasn't s...

    AHA News: Tiny Sprouts Provide Big Nutrition

    Move over baby carrots and petite peas. Even tinier vegetables are catching on as go-to healthy foods.

    Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably, said Emily Ho, nutrition professor and director of the Linu...

    AHA News: Grammy Winner, Chart-Topping Producer – and Kidney Transplant Recipient

    Brian Kennedy was living his dream.

    A piano prodigy, he moved from his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, to Los Angeles in 2003, when he was 20. He started out as a musician for hire, playing a handful of instruments and composing on his own. Then, in 2009, "everything finally started happening," he said.

    Kennedy earned Grammy awards for his writing and production contribution to J...

    AHA News: Research Sheds Light on a Leading Cause of Heart Attacks Related to Pregnancy

    A new study of a leading cause of heart attacks in pregnant and postpartum women offers insights on when the problem strikes, how it has been treated and how survivors might weigh the risks of becoming pregnant again.

    The condition – pregnancy-associated spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or P-SCAD – was until recently considered too rare to study. Using European SCAD registry da...

    Your Height Could Be a Factor in Disease Risk

    FRIDAY, June 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taller than average, your genes may affect your risk for a variety of diseases, a new study suggests.

    These include a higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and varicose veins, but a lower risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Other investigators have reported <...

    AHA News: Gender Gap in Some Heart Risk Factors Widens Among Young Adults

    Gender gaps in blood pressure, physical activity and smoking have widened among young adults in the United States, new research finds, suggesting that prevention approaches should be carefully tailored to help people achieve ideal lifelong cardiovascular health.

    Overall heart health stayed about the same among more than 10,000 people ages 20 to 39 from 2007 to 2018, and women had better o...

    AHA News: He Went From Troubleshooting a CPR Training App to Using CPR to Save His 2-Year-Old Son

    Buckled into the driver's seat, on his way to a Dallas hospital, Tyler Morgan put his phone's video camera into selfie mode and hit record.

    Peeking his reddened eyes toward the lens, he started talking.

    "So, my, my son almost … just … drowned. Or he did drown. He almost just died."

    The Morgans were at a social gathering when 2-year-old Beckham saw a foam noodle floating in...

    Race Matters in Stroke Survival, Study Finds

    Racial disparities in health outcomes persist in the United States, with Black and Hispanic Americans more likely to die within a month after a bleeding stroke than white Americans, a new study shows.

    "We've known that there are disparities in death from stroke among racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. due to

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  • June 2, 2022
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  • AHA News: Asian and Pacific Islander Adults Less Likely to Get Mental Health Services Despite Growing Need

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, FBI data shows that people of Asian descent increasingly have been targets of racially motivated attacks.

    "Hate crimes have spilled over to affect the community in dramatic ways. People feel scapegoated and blamed for the pandemic," said Dr. Howard Kyongju Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard...

    Limiting TV to Under 1 Hour a Day Could Slash Heart Disease Rates: Study

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV shows, and it might be hard to get off the couch after just one or two episodes.

    But it could be worth it.

    Researchers calculated that if people committed to watching just under an hour of TV a day, 11% of coronary heart disease cases could be eliminated.

    Thoug...

    Long-Term Heart Inflammation Strikes 1 in 8 Hospitalized COVID Patients

    A year after being hospitalized with COVID-19, more than 12% of patients had been diagnosed with heart inflammation, according to a new study of the long-term effects of the virus.

    For the study, researchers in Scotland followed 159 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between May 2020 a...

    Prostate Cancer May Raise Risk for Blood Clots

    Doctors need to be aware that prostate cancer raises a man's risk of serious and potentially deadly blood clots by about 50%, researchers say.

    All cancer patients are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a dangerous but treatable blood clot in the veins that is a leading cause of death in cancer patient...

    AHA News: New Study Looks at Heart Defect Risk in Children of People With Heart Defects

    Congenital heart defects may be much more common among children of women with heart defects than of men with heart defects, according to new research.

    Smaller studies had already reported a higher offspring risk for mothers with congenital heart defects, or CHDs. But researchers wanted to confirm those findings in a larger population and also delve into specific cardiac defects.

    The...

    AHA News: Family's Heart Disease History Inspired Her Fitness -- and Got Her to the Base of Mount Everest

    Lisa Abbott scrolled through the online auction offerings of the American Alpine Club's fundraiser. As a rock climber, ice climber, scuba diver and marathon runner, she enjoyed daydreaming about the various trips up for grabs.

    One offering stood out: a guided two-week trek through the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to the base camp of Mount Everest.

    As senior vice president of human resourc...

    AHA News: Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home Can Be Tricky. Here's How to Do It Right.

    Knowing your blood pressure is a basic part of good health. But monitoring it at home can get complicated.

    "It sounds easy -- you buy a device, smack the cuff on your upper arm and push a button, right? It's not so easy," said Dr. Daichi Shimbo, co-director of the Columbia Hypertension Center in New York.

    High blood pressure is a common condition in adults that's associated with "re...

    Gout Medicine May Also Help Fight Heart Failure

    The anti-inflammatory benefits of a common gout medicine may help save the lives of heart failure patients, researchers say.

    The medication, colchicine, could also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients whose arteries are clogged with cholesterol, according to t...

    AHA News: She Was a Prime Candidate for a Heart Attack, If Only She'd Realized It

    Just a few days after Dottie Lewis and her husband, Wayne, returned from vacation to their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts, she started feeling poorly.

    This was 2019, a year before COVID-19 shut down travel and before face masks on planes. Dottie often caught a bug while flying. She figured it had happened again.

    Dottie was looking forward to feeling better so she could rejoin her g...

    Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

    Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    "Dementia is a complicated disease and risk prediction scores need to b...

    AHA News: Rate of High Blood Pressure Disorders in Pregnancy Doubled in 12 Years

    The rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders doubled in the U.S. between 2007 and 2019, according to new research that finds 1 in 5 births now results in such a disorder, a preterm delivery or a baby with low birth weight.

    The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, fills in important details about women's heart health during a crucial p...

    Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

    If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

    "Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an important link between asthma and cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart diseases, [high blood pressure] and more," sai...

    AHA News: At 23 Days Old, He Had Open-Heart Surgery

    Six months after Rachel and Levi Strauss married on the coldest Valentine's Day in Detroit history, they learned they were going to have a baby.

    At their home in Houston, Levi helped satisfy Rachel's cravings for milkshakes, chips and queso, and mega-stuffed cookies.

    At Rachel's 20-week anatomy scan, the couple held hands and smiled as the technician pointed out their son's 10 tiny ...

    AHA News: Stroke Hospitalizations Rising Among Younger Adults, But Deaths Falling

    Stroke hospitalizations for younger adults -- along with the cardiovascular risk factors associated with them -- have risen since 2007, preliminary new research shows. But the chances of people under age 45 dying from a stroke in the hospital have dropped.

    The increase in hospitalizations was higher for women and for white and Hispanic adults, according to the findings presented recently ...

    AHA News: Improved Fitness Gave Man Chance to Walk Daughter Down the Aisle After Heart Attack

    Justin Ballard of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, stared at the photos in disbelief.

    "Do I really look that big?" he thought.

    The pictures came from a joyous occasion -- Christmas Day 2019, when Kelsey, the oldest of his three children, had gotten engaged.

    The couple set a wedding date in October 2021. Justin vowed to be in much better shape by then.

    At 6 feet tall, he often to...

    AHA News: Black, Hispanic Adults Less Likely to Receive CPR, Especially in Public

    Black or Hispanic adults who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest outside the hospital are substantially less likely than their white peers to receive lifesaving care from a bystander, preliminary new research shows.

    CPR was least likely for Black and Hispanic adults in a less personal setting, such as on the street or in a public transportation center, according to findings presented Fr...

    AHA News: College Athletes Rarely Develop Heart Problems One Year After Having COVID-19

    College athletes who contract COVID-19 and return to playing sports have a low risk of developing life-threatening heart problems, according to new research that suggests stringent cardiac testing isn't necessary.

    The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, followed up on a related 2021 study that searched for heart complications among athletes ...

    AHA News: Theater Director Has a Stroke the Day After a Crushing Fall

    To celebrate her 50th birthday, Victoria Shepherd was pulling out all the stops.

    She was in her 30th year as a freelance director in Toronto, so the party would begin at her latest play. Her friends would take in a closing week performance of "The Glass Menagerie" by her favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams.

    Next, the party would move to her home. As guests enjoyed a multi-layer ...

    Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

    High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

    "Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

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  • May 10, 2022
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  • AHA News: What Expectant Moms Need to Know About Mental Health During and After Pregnancy

    Having a baby, especially a first child, is loaded with expectations. But in addition to joyfulness, many women may experience something else they may not want to discuss: anxiety and depression.

    Though up to half of new mothers experience at least minor depressive symptoms, experts say the condition still frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated, increasing the risk for heart and other ...

    Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

    With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.

    That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study.

    About one in three adults and children over age 10 who drowned in Canada between 2007 and 2016 had a chronic health condition, the stud...

    AHA News: She's Been a Nurse for 50 Years; the Last 30, She's Also Been a Heart Patient

    Over five decades in nursing, Marilyn Rantz has done it all. She's gone from working one-on-one with patients and serving as an administrator to spending the last 30 years working as a professor and researcher. She's quite the grant writer, too, having generated more than $100 million for the University of Missouri.

    Much of her work has centered around helping older people to live indepen...

    AHA News: The Healing Power of Music for Stroke Survivors

    Julie Stillman was 55 years old when a blood vessel in her brain suddenly burst. The hemorrhagic stroke left her unable to compose a simple sentence -- a hard blow for a woman who built a career in book publishing.

    It also robbed her of the ability to speak properly. But not the ability to sing.

    Now 69, Stillman is one of several dozen stroke and brain injury survivors who lift thei...

    Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

    Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

    When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

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  • AHA News: 5 Ways to Support, Relieve and Remember Moms on Mother's Day

    Moms deserve a break.

    It's not news that parenting is stressful, but health experts say the pandemic made things worse.

    "Even in the best of circumstances, it's really hard to be a mother," said Natalie Slopen, an assistant professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Parenting comes with joys as well, but over...

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