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AHA News: What's New This Year For School Lunches?

In the past, school cafeterias might have served as a source for more punchlines than nutrition. But lunch is a more dynamic and, these days, healthy part of students' lives than many people realize.

Some of its importance is obvious. "You really don't need to do a study showing that if kids are hungry, they're going to have a harder time in class," said Marlene Schwartz, director of the ...

AHA News: Is Caffeine a Friend or Foe?

Caffeine jump-starts your day and puts a bounce in your step. It can help you focus, improve your mood and maybe even help you live longer.

But how much is too much?

Caffeine, a natural stimulant, can be found in a variety of foods, such as coffee beans, tea leaves, cacao beans, guarana berries and yerba maté leaves. It also can be synthetically created and added to beverages such ...

B 8/10 -- Abnormal Upper Heart Chamber May Boost Dementia Risk

If the left upper chamber of your heart doesn't work properly, do your chances of dementia climb?

Yes, suggests new research that found it may raise the risk by 35%, even in people who have never had a

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  • August 8, 2022
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  • AHA News: 63 Years Ago, She Had Pioneering Open-Heart Surgery at Age 4

    At Susan Mangini's checkup at age 2, the doctor subbing for her pediatrician asked about the girl's heart murmur.

    Mangini's mother was stunned. No one had ever mentioned a problem with her daughter's heart.

    Doctors ultimately found the little girl had pulmonary stenosis, or a narrowing of the valve between her lower right heart chamber and the artery that carries blood to the lungs....

    AHA News: What Parents Can Do to Protect Kids From Heart Disease

    The consequences of heart disease often don't show up until someone is well into adulthood. Why should busy parents be thinking about it in their kids?

    "Because it's probably way easier to prevent the development of cardiac risk factors than to try and get rid of them once they've developed," said Dr. Sarah de Ferranti, a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children's Hospital. "Prevention r...

    Gout Flare-Ups Could Raise Heart Risk for Weeks After

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When gout flares up, the joint pain is often excruciating. But that's not the only worry tied to this common inflammatory arthritic condition.

    A new British study warns that gout flares double the risk for

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 3, 2022
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  • Scientists Restore Some Function to Pig Tissues 1 Hour After Death

    Minutes after a heartbeat stops, a massive series of disastrous events triggered by lack of blood flow begins to destroy a body’s cells and organs.

    This chain of events had been thought to be inevitable and irreversible. Now, a new animal study shows that

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 3, 2022
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  • AHA News: Are You Taking Blood Pressure in Both Arms? You Should, Study Finds

    Taking blood pressure readings from both arms and using the higher reading would more accurately capture who has high blood pressure – and is at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and death – than relying on readings from a single arm, new research suggests.

    While current recommendations call for using the higher arm reading, there was previously no evidence in the scientific l...

    Red Meat Raises Your Heart Risk, and Scientists May Know Why

    TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests.

    The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of...

    AHA News: Born With a Heart Defect, 13-Year-Old Now Thrives at Dance

    Three days after giving birth to her son, Anthony, Tanya Lydon was still in the hospital. She thought the lengthy stay was a little odd, but at the same time, the doctor gave no indication that anything was wrong, so she tried not to worry.

    Her suspicions intensified after a nurse brought an electrocardiogram machine into the room. The device was going to measure the electrical activity o...

    AHA News: Research Captures Unfolding Cardiovascular Toll From Meth Use

    A massive new study spotlights the toll methamphetamine use may take on heart health, suggesting men, people with kidney disease and those with high blood pressure are especially at risk.

    The findings, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, indicated people who used meth faced a 32% overall increased risk for cardiovascular disease, with especially high risks f...

    AHA News: At 15, She Knew Heart Disease Lurked in Her Genes. At 37, It Caught Up to This Mom.

    When a medical technician demonstrating to a high school class how to check blood pressure asked for a volunteer, 15-year-old Katie Moegenberg got the nod.

    The man took the reading, then told her, "Whoa, your blood pressure is kind of high. We'll need to tell your parents."

    A doctor's visit confirmed she had high blood pressure, also called hypertension. A cardiologist said it was l...

    AHA News: Fresh or Frozen, Wild or Cultivated? What to Know About Blueberries and Health

    Let's not beat around the bush: Blueberries are good for you.

    This will come as no surprise to many Americans, who have found their thrill with blueberries in ever-rising numbers. It's easy to understand why. Not only do they taste great, but studies keep suggesting more reasons to embrace them.

    "They're the kind of things we should be eating," said Eric Decker, professor of food sc...

    AHA News: Study of Sleep in Older Adults Suggests Nixing Naps, Striving for 7-9 Hours a Night

    Napping, as well as sleeping too much or too little or having poor sleep patterns, appears to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease in older adults, new research shows.

    The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting sleep's importance to good health. The American Heart Association recently added sleep dur...

    Want to Live Longer? Exercise Is Key, Study Confirms

    TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged people could add years to their lives just by getting off the couch and going for a walk every day -- though it wouldn't hurt to do even more, a large new study suggests.

    The researchers followed over 100,000 Americans for decades and found what many have shown before: People who exercise as much as health experts r...

    Dangerous A-Fib Can Follow Many Surgeries

    A potentially dangerous change in heart rhythm is common after surgeries that don't involve the heart, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

    Dr. Konstantinos Siontis and colleagues studied patients who had atrial fibrillation (a-fib) after a noncardiac surgical procedure. These patients represent about 13% ...

    AHA News: She Was Being Treated for Her Lungs, But the Problem Was Her Heart

    New Year's Eve 2018 was no party for Maria Philippon.

    The manager of a banking call center in Orange County, Calif., she finished work and headed for her car. She stopped three times to catch her breath. She thought she might have to crawl on her hands and knees. By the time she made it 20 minutes later, she was dripping with sweat.

    Frightened, Maria immediately called her doctor. S...

    AHA News: The Day Before a Checkup, His Heart Stopped

    Scott Kern didn't have much time to exercise.

    An executive at a chain of discount stores, he got to work early to get a head start on what often was a 12-hour workday. His incentive was getting home early enough to see his young daughter, Katie, before she went to bed.

    Scott, who lives in Norfolk, Va., was in relatively good shape. He grew up playing sports but hadn't worked out reg...

    AHA News: How to Take Care of Kids When a Natural Disaster Strikes

    The day Reina Pomeroy unintentionally became an expert on how natural disasters affect children began pleasantly enough.

    On that sunny December morning, she and her husband, David, had taken their sons, ages 7 and 2, out for a hike near Boulder, Colorado. Fierce winds sent them back to their home in nearby Louisville, which they had moved into about five months earlier.

    Around 11:30...

    Post-Workout Sauna Might Boost Your Health Even More

    Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you're done for extra heart health benefits.

    That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.

    The new study didn't look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some...

    AHA News: Rethink What You Thought You Knew About COVID-19 Reinfection

    Forget what you thought you knew about catching COVID-19 more than once. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, keeps evolving -- and so has information about your risk of being reinfected.

    "Two years ago, we thought if you had COVID once that you would never get it again," said Dr. Preeti Malani, an infectious disease physician at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But especia...

    AHA News: Teen With Heart Defect Wants to Help Others Like Her

    Peyton Bono makes sure her friends know the drill.

    If they're at a pep rally, for instance, and it's a hot day and she's starting to feel dizzy and unsteady, they'll probably see her count her heart beats.

    If she's too overcome to speak, they should bring her ice and water and get her to a cooler spot.

    And if anything seems off about her health, they should alert her mother.

    AHA News: People From 'Socially Vulnerable' Counties Hospitalized For COVID-19 Had More Heart Problems

    Adults from the most socially vulnerable counties in the U.S. were more likely to die or experience serious heart problems when hospitalized for COVID-19 than those from less vulnerable areas -- even after accounting for differences in underlying conditions or the severity of their COVID-19 infection, new research shows.

    Patients from the most vulnerable areas also were more likely to be ...

    AHA News: This Lawyer-Musician Relearned How to Sing, Note by Note, After Stroke at 42

    Whether presenting a closing argument to a jury as a lawyer or singing on stage as a professional musician, Valerie Giglio of Stoneham, Massachusetts, knows how to work a crowd.

    "You're performing either way," she said.

    When she was 42, she lost the ability to do both. All because of a sudden head turn.

    The motion caused a sharp pain in her neck that persisted for several days...

    Depression Can Follow Stroke, But It Often Precedes It, Too

    While many people suffer from depression after a stroke, a new study suggests depression often occurs beforehand and may be a warning sign.

    "The study underscores why doctors need to monitor for symptoms of depression long term in people who have had strokes," said study author...

    AHA News: His Heart Stopped While Walking a Trail. A Cyclist Who Knew CPR Saved His Life

    A week after Christopher Holton got a clean bill of health from his doctor at his annual physical, he set out for his daily walk on a wooded trail near home.

    Holton, a 52-year-old former youth football league coach and multiple-mile-a-day walker, meandered along the paved trail in Mechanicsville, Maryland, that's popular with runners and cyclists. Most days he walks with friends. That Sat...

    AHA News: Being Vaccinated May Lower Stroke Risk in Adults With Flu-Like Illnesses

    Flu-like illnesses can increase the risk for stroke among adults, but being vaccinated might lower those odds, especially among those under 45, new research finds.

    The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, found flu-like illnesses increased the odds of having a stroke in the month following infection, with the highest risk among unvaccinated 18- to 44-y...

    AHA News: Young Sportswriter Had a Stroke While at Her Parents' House for Thanksgiving

    Calli Varner set the clock early so she could pack up after a relaxing Thanksgiving stay with her parents last November in her childhood home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. After a week of holiday indulgence, she was eager to go back to her usual healthy meals and frequent spin classes.

    It was Sunday morning, and she and her cat, Lieutenant Dan, would soon start the nearly four-hour drive ...

    AHA News: Substance Use Appears Higher in Recent Decades Among Young Adults Who Had Strokes

    Documented cocaine and marijuana use among young adults who had strokes rose substantially in recent decades, especially among white men and women, new research suggests.

    Overall, however, documented substance use among stroke patients was highest among young Black men. The authors of the study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggested that bias in wh...

    AHA News: Family's Hereditary Heart Condition Discovered After Her Father and Two Sisters Died Young

    DeAnn Bartram was 16 when her father felt like he had a virus he couldn't shake.

    Doctors said he had cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle can thicken, interfering with normal blood flow. Make a will, they said. Then they recommended he get a heart transplant.

    Nicholas Cirino was 37 and owned a landscaping business in Cleveland. He and his wife, Reba, flew to California...

    AHA News: Fuzzy and Full of Nutrients, Peaches Are a Summertime Staple

    Typically in season from July to September, peaches are a staple of summertime salads, meals and desserts. They're also a popular choice for nutritionists, who say their sweet taste makes it easier for people to add them to their diet.

    "They're in season for a fairly short time, so enjoy them as a fruit choice when locally grown peaches are available," said Judith Wylie-Rosett, a professo...

    Cancer Survivors Face Higher Heart Risks Later

    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

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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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 cardiovascular...

    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

    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 cardiac rehabilitation, only...

    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 show ...

    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

    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 multivitamin may slightly reduce cancer risk, the bigger pictur...

    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 co...

    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...

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