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AHA News: 7-Day-Old's Skin Felt Cold, She Wouldn't Eat and Cried in Agony. It Was Her Heart.

Throughout Laney Lyon's 1-week birthday, small signs indicated something was wrong. She wasn't eating as much as usual. Her color seemed off. Her mom suspected jaundice and held Laney in the sun when she could.

By evening, Laney was unable to latch on to breastfeed. Her breathing sounded strange. Then there was her crying.

"It was like no cry I'd ever heard before," said Laney's mom...

Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: Study

Thinking of starting a family? Start getting your heart in shape. New research suggests that how healthy a woman's heart is before conception affects outcomes in her pregnancy.

Study author Dr. Sadiya Khan said the findings make a case for more comprehensive heart assessments prior to pregnancy rather than focusing on isolated individual risk factors, such as high blood pressure ("hyperte...

Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa

Here's yet another reason to limit screen time and get moving: Boosting your activity levels could reduce your risk of sleep apnea, according to a new study.

Compared to the most active people in the study, those who spent more than four hours a day sitting watching TV had a 78% higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and those with sedentary jobs had a 49% higher risk.

And th...

Eating Meat Raises Risk of Heart Disease: Study

Eating beef, lamb, pork and processed meats spells trouble for your heart, and the more you eat, the worse it gets, new research warns.

The meta-analysis -- an overview of data from a large number of studies -- included more than 1.4 million people who were followed for 30 years. It found that for each 1.75 ounces of beef, lamb and pork consumed, the risk of heart disease rose 9%, CNN...

AHA News: Diabetes and Dementia Risk: Another Good Reason to Keep Blood Sugar in Check

There are many reasons to avoid getting diabetes, or to keep it controlled if you already have it: Higher risks for heart disease, stroke and for having a foot or leg amputation. But here's another one: It's a major risk factor for dementia.

While researchers are still investigating what causes that increased risk, one thing they do know is it's linked to highs – and lows – in the bod...

Exercise Boosts Survival for People With Implanted Defibrillators

Just small amounts of exercise can benefit people with implanted heart defibrillators, new research shows.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device placed under the skin to detect abnormal heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat.

The new study found that even slight increases in physical activity reduced the risk o...

Breastfed Babies Have Healthier Blood Pressure as Kids

Here's another reason for new moms to give breastfeeding a try: Toddlers who were breastfed for even a few days have lower blood pressure than those who always got a bottle, research finds.

And lower blood pressure at an early age may lead to a healthier heart and blood vessels in adulthood, researchers said.

The new study is believed to be the first to investigate breastfeeding in...

AHA News: Retired Entertainer Thought She Slept Awkwardly. It Was a Stroke.

Sharon Murff began her 58th birthday before dawn with a clicking sound in her head.

She didn't feel any pain. Yet when she looked in the mirror, the left side of her face seemed distorted.

"I didn't recognize myself," she said. "I thought maybe I just slept funny and could shower it off."

When the shower didn't help, Murff – a retired entertainer from Chicago – put on a wi...

One-Dose Blood Thinner Could Slash Blood Clot Risk After Knee Replacement

Anyone who's ever undergone knee replacement understands the real and troubling risk of post-op blood clots. Many patients are told take a daily blood thinner pill long after their procedure.

But a new study finds that a one-time injection of an experimental blood thinner called abelacimab may greatly reduce the odds for these clots in recovering knee replacement patients.

The rese...

AHA News: Lifelong Tennis Player Has Heart Attack on the Court

One balmy Wednesday evening, Kumar Seetharam devoured a slice of cheese pizza at his in-laws' house, then headed to a tennis court to hit balls with his 15-year-old daughter, Faith.

For Kumar, an avid tennis player, the exercise was a welcome break. The Florida resident was on a business trip in Ithaca, New York, and brought his family along.

But soon, he started feeling pressure an...

Statin's Health Benefits Far Outweigh  Any Potential Harms: Study

The heart benefits of cholesterol-lowering statins in people without heart disease far exceed the risks of any side effects, a new review finds.

Statins are widely prescribed to people with heart disease, and recent guidelines recommend greater preventive use of the drugs even before heart issues are diagnosed. But it hasn't been clear whether the benefits outweigh the risks in people wit...

AHA News: How Healthy Is Your Neighborhood? Where You Live Can Greatly Affect Heart, Brain Health

Liz Harris won't let anything stop her from walking. Three mornings a week, she descends three flights of stairs and heads to Anacostia Park. It's a 10-minute walk just to get there. If none of her friends are available, she walks alone. But they worry about her when she does.

"The community is known for crime, and you don't feel comfortable walking alone," said Harris, 72, who lives in s...

AHA News: Genetic Problem Led to a Heart Transplant at 24. Her New Heart Has a Genetic Problem, Too.

At 13, Leilani Graham was running on the treadmill in her garage when she suddenly collapsed. Her mother, who was supposed to be gone, heard a bizarre moaning sound coming from the garage and rushed to find her daughter unconscious. She immediately called 911.

At the emergency room, an electrocardiogram showed an abnormality in her heart. Further tests showed Graham had an enlarged left v...

AHA News: The Challenge of Diabetes in the Black Community Needs Comprehensive Solutions

One thing is clear about the serious problem of diabetes among Black people in the United States: It's not just one thing causing the problem.

"It's really at all levels," said Dr. Joshua J. Joseph, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. It's not just the choices people make ...

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain.

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can impede blood flow. A-fib can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems.

AHA News: How Technology Is Improving Health Information Access for the Deaf Community

Early in Dr. Michael McKee's career, one of his patients, who was deaf, died from a heart attack. It led him to study how to prevent it from happening to others.

That tragic event might not have happened, he said, if there had been "accessible community health education programs to allow for deaf individuals to learn ways to improve their health and to recognize common danger signs of ser...

AHA News: Born With a Severe Heart Defect, 9-Year-Old Boy Defies All Odds

Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Hannah Lewis eagerly went to a doctor's visit expecting to learn the gender of her first child. Only 19, Lewis was excited and nervous about becoming a mother, and thrilled when she learned she was having a boy.

But that day, her doctor returned to the examination room with a worried look on her face.

The baby's organs, she said, looked healthy – e...

AHA News: How to Eat Right and Save Money at the Same Time

You want to eat healthy. You need to save cash. Can you have it both ways?

Yes, experts say.

"People think that healthy eating is an elite thing, that it's something you can only do if you have lots of money, and lots of spare time, and all kinds of fancy equipment," said Christine Hradek, a nutrition specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Ames. "And really, t...

Low-Dose Aspirin Cuts Heart Risks in Patients Battling Pneumonia

Aspirin has long been taken by heart patients to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, but a new study suggests that it can also guard against cardiovascular trouble in pneumonia patients.

Such complications are common in pneumonia patients and strongly associated with a long-term risk of death.

The study assessed whether aspirin could reduce the risk of heart attack and isch...

AHA News: Fit and 41, She Thought Nothing of Her Family History – Until Her Heart Attack

Nicole Lazowski was no stranger to hospitals.

Her father battled heart disease for as long as she could remember. She was 7 when he had his first of five heart attacks.

"I grew up in and out of hospitals, going there with my parents," Nicole said. "My father was a big smoker and I remember saying to myself, 'I will exercise. I will never smoke. I'm never going to do that to my body....

Plant-Based Diet Best for Your Heart

Want to be good to your ticker?

Load up on veggies — especially beans, Italian researchers recommend.

They've published a comprehensive review of research on eating habits and heart disease that provides consistent evidence that eating less salt and animal proteins and more plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Those good-for-you foods include ...

AHA News: Smoking Harms the Brain, Raises Dementia Risk – But Not If You Quit

Everyone knows smoking is bad for the heart and lungs. But the damage it does to the brain often gets less attention than it should – from smokers and health care providers alike.

Researchers say that comes at a steep cost.

"We know that smoking harms every organ of the human body," said Adrienne Johnson, an assistant scientist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Res...

AHA News: Watermelon Is a Summertime Staple. But What's Hidden Behind the Sweetness?

Whether they're serving as snacks at a family reunion or props in a late-night comedy act, watermelons and fun just seem to go together. But how does watermelon hold up health-wise?

Smashingly, you might say.

"I'm definitely impressed by its health benefits," said Tim Allerton, a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton R...

AHA News: Diagnosed With Preeclampsia Late in Pregnancy, She Had a Stroke 5 Days After Giving Birth

Always game for a new challenge, Andrea Engfer began running with a friend in her small town of Orting, Washington. She liked it so much, she signed up for a 5K. Then another – and so on.

"I try to improve every time, even if it's by 10 seconds," she said. "That gets me going."

That competitive spirit served her well for the toughest challenge of her life: Recovering from a severe...

Sleep, Exercise & Your Odds for a Long, Healthy Life

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Poor quality sleep can shave years off your life, and these effects may be magnified if you don't get enough physical activity.

That's the bad news. The good news is that getting more exercise may help counter some of the health risks known to accompany poor quality sleep, new research shows.

Folks who scored low in both ...

Wealth & Health: How Big Financial Changes Affect Your Heart

The state of your finances may affect more than your pocketbook.

So claims new research that suggests a loss of wealth is associated with an increased risk of heart problems, while a boost in finances is associated with a lower risk.

"Low wealth is a risk factor that can dynamically change over a person's life and can influence a person's cardiovascular health status," said stu...

AHA News: Women With Heart Failure From Breast Cancer Treatment May Fare Better Than Previously Thought

Women who develop heart failure following certain breast cancer treatments are generally healthier and have a better prognosis than those with heart failure from other causes, a new study finds.

Two widely used treatments for breast cancer are known to harm the heart. A class of chemotherapy drugs called anthracyclines interferes with cancer cells' DNA and ability to multiply. The monoclo...

AHA News: Farming Takes Root in Seattle-Area Food Desert

Nine thousand miles separate Veronica Karanja from her mother's farm in Kenya and where she now farms in Kent, Washington.

Karanja's expertise – and her vegetables that are culturally significant in Kenya – are helping transform a food desert just south of Seattle by supplying freshly picked produce at the seasonal East Hill Farmers Market.

"This makes me feel so good," she said...

Delicious & Deadly: Southern U.S. Diet Tied to Higher Odds for Sudden Death

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a traditional Southern-style spread of fried chicken, pork rinds, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea?

Don't make it an everyday habit.

These staples of a regional diet heavy in fried foods, fats and sugary drinks may boost your odds for sudden cardiac death, a new study warn...

AHA News: Embraceable, Healthy News: Hugging Is Back

After a year of being COVID-cautious, Linda Matisoff counted the days until she could hug her 5-year-old granddaughter, Laila, again.

In March, two weeks after getting her second dose of the vaccine, it was finally time.

"We were coming down the street, getting closer and closer," said Matisoff, who lives in Plano, Texas. "We had gotten together over FaceTime, and we saw each other ...

Unhappy Marriages Could Mean Shorter Lives for Men

Men, take note: An unhappy marriage might end in divorce, but staying unhappily hitched could also raise your risk of stroke or early death, a new Israeli study suggests.

The increased risk was as much as that seen with smoking or a 'couch potato' lifestyle, said lead researcher Shahar Lev-Ari, chair of health promotion at Tel Aviv University School of Public Health.

Israeli men who...

Weekly Injected Drug Could Boost Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes face heightened risks for heart attack and stroke, as well as progressive kidney disease. But a new once-a-week injected drug called efpeglenatide could greatly reduce their odds for those outcomes, new research shows.

The clinical trial was conducted in over 28 nations and involved more than 4,000 patients with type 2 diabetes.

Over two years, patients ...

High Deductibles Keep Folks With Chest Pain From Calling 911

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The public health message has always been loud and clear: If you are experiencing a medical emergency such as chest pain, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

But a new study shows that a $1,000 or higher deductible on your health insurance plan may serve as a deterrent to seeking care when you experience chest pain tha...

AHA News: Doctor Thought High Blood Pressure Was His Only Problem – Then He Had a Heart Attack

Dr. David Watlington knew his family history put him at increased risk of heart disease.

Even so, when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February, he blamed it on the 18 pounds he'd gained over the past year.

His cholesterol was normal and he'd passed a stress test a few years earlier, so he was optimistic that if he controlled his waistline, he'd control his blood pressu...

AHA News: As She Makes History, Dr. Rachel Levine Stays Focused on Healing

Dr. Rachel Levine wanted to work in health because she wanted to help people. Along the way, she became an icon.

Levine, the assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, made history in March when she became the first openly transgender official confirmed by the Senate. But she said her career hasn't been about seeking attention for herself. It's been abo...

Potato Chips, Fatty Lunches Greatly Raise Your Heart Risks

A steady lunch routine of cheeseburgers and fries may shorten your life, but loading your dinner plate with vegetables could do the opposite.

Those are among the findings of a new study looking at the potential health effects of not only what people eat, but when.

Researchers found that U.S. adults who favored a "Western" lunch -- heavy in cheese, processed meat, refined grains, fat...

AHA News: After a Stroke at 26, Determined Athlete Fights Back

Jesse Shea felt a little cloudy when he got up for work on a Monday. He chalked it up to being out later than usual to watch football with friends.

Jesse drove to the dock in Cape May, New Jersey, where he worked on a tugboat for a salvage operation. It was a demanding job, mentally and physically. But at 26, Jesse, a former college soccer player, was in the best shape of his life. He lif...

Clot-Removing Procedure Can Sometimes Backfire for Stroke Patients

When someone suffers a stroke, doctors can often remove the culprit clot obstructing blood flow to the brain. Now, a new study sheds light on why those successful procedures do not always translate into a good outcome.

Researchers found that when clot retrieval takes more than one attempt, stroke patients are more likely to still have some degree of disability three months later.


AHA News: Silent Heart Attacks All Too Common, and Often Overlooked

In 2014, Marian Butts was hospitalized for fluid in her lungs. Right before being released, a cardiologist told her she had some heart damage from a previous heart attack. That was a shock to her and her family.

Years before, the Chesapeake, Virginia, resident, who has diabetes, had been treated for ongoing acid reflux and indigestion. That is one of the symptoms sometimes connected to a ...

Too Many Older Americans Are Taking Daily Aspirin

Many older adults are still taking a daily baby aspirin to ward off first-time heart problems -- despite guidelines that now discourage it, a new study finds.

Researchers found that one-half to 62% of U.S. adults aged 70 and up were using low-dose aspirin to cut their risk of heart disease or stroke. And aspirin use was common even among those with no history of cardiovascular disease -- ...

AHA News: Teacher Collapsed in School Hallway From a Stroke

Two days before Halloween, Nicky Larson stayed up late making edible witch's hats and spiders for her daughter's day care.

When her left shoulder started to ache, she iced it, pegging the pain to poor posture. The next morning, after taking her daughter, Molly, to day care, she drove to the high school in Red Wing, Minnesota, where she works as a marketing teacher.

The school was st...

AHA News: Should Rare Cases of Heart Inflammation Put Your COVID-19 Vaccine Plans on Hold?

A possible link between some COVID-19 vaccines and heart inflammation bears close monitoring, but it's no reason for parents or their teenage children to avoid vaccination.

That's what researchers are saying after several reports of the inflammation in teens and adults who had been vaccinated recently.

Such cases appear to be rare, said Dr. James de Lemos, a professor of medicine at...

AHA News: New Psychotherapy May Reduce Anxiety, Depression in Heart Patients

A type of psychotherapy that changes how people regulate thinking patterns may reduce anxiety and depression for people recovering from heart problems, new research shows.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found 1 in 3 people who took part in metacognitive therapy, or MCT, during cardiac rehabilitation significantly reduced their symptoms c...

AHA News: At 17, He Received a New Heart. By 23, He Began Transitioning.

For most transgender people, starting hormone therapy requires a therapist's approval. As the recipient of a new heart, Maddox Jones also needed his transplant team's OK.

"It was a long and difficult process, because they weren't necessarily educated, nor do I think they had trans patients before," he said. "I feel very grateful for them and the care they've provided."

As a newborn,...

AHA News: Preterm Babies May Have Higher Stroke Risk as Young Adults

Babies born prematurely may have significantly higher risk of stroke as young adults – and the earlier the birth, the greater the risk, suggests an extensive new study.

Although people born prematurely have been shown to have higher risk of high blood pressure and other disorders that can lead to stroke, little research has focused on stroke itself, said Dr. Casey Crump, the study's le...

AHA News: At 27, She Collapsed in the Shower From a Stroke

Veronica Cardello hopped in the shower on a Tuesday morning, her thoughts drifting to the full slate of meetings awaiting her at work. Picking up her shampoo bottle, it slipped through her fingers.

"Every time I went to grab for it, I just dropped it," said Veronica, who works as an advocate for real estate agents. "I remember blinking and thinking to myself, 'Maybe I'm just tired.'"


AHA News: Misguided Masculinity Keeps Many Men From Visiting the Doctor

It's a cliché that men don't like to visit the doctor. But unlike tropes about refusing to ask for directions or put away their laundry, this one has serious health ramifications.

It's a fact that men are less likely than women to get preventive screenings, seek timely medical care or be vaccinated for COVID-19 or the flu. Men also have shorter life spans than women.

Although reaso...

Odds for Death, Hospital Care Rise When Statins Are Stopped

Living longer often means living with multiple health problems and numerous medications to manage them. Understandably, many doctors and their patients wonder if any of these drugs can be discontinued safely.

A new study from Italy suggests statins should not be culled from the list.

Among more than 29,000 adults 65 and older, those who stopped taking these cholesterol-lowering drug...

AHA News: U.S. Appears to Lose Ground in Controlling High Blood Pressure

After years of improvement, high blood pressure control in the U.S. dropped regardless of age, race or ethnicity, according to new research.

Previous studies found Americans with high blood pressure were better managing the condition in the early years of the 21st century before rates leveled off from 2009 to 2014.

The new study, published Monday in the American Heart Association jo...

AHA News: Video Gaming Helps Heart Defect Survivor Connect With Others in the LGBTQ Community and Beyond

Mike Lane's heart journey began as a newborn - when his skin turned blue.

He was 2 days old when a cardiologist realized the reason. He was born with several congenital heart defects, including a missing ventricular septum, a narrowing of the pulmonary artery called stenosis, and a faulty pulmonary artery valve. In the coming weeks and months, even the most minor activity exhausted him so...

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