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Expanding Heart Failure Medication Choices

A pair of heart failure (HF) drugs approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration have made their way into updated treatment guidelines.

Effects Not So Sweet

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat.

Diabetes and Gender

Sex differences in type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular disease risk.

Teaming Up to Reduce HBP

When pharmacists and physicians work together, high blood pressure can be lowered for little cost.

Heart Failure Patients & Exercise

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy.

Struggles with Sleep May Affect Heart Disease Risk

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Physical Activity and Heart Failure Prevention

People who regularly achieved twice the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity had 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who met the minimum. People who regularly got four times the minimum physical activity recommendations had 35 percent lower risk, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Females Less Likely to be Prescribed or Take Meds After a Heart Attack

Young women (under age 55) are less likely than young men to be prescribed or to fill their prescription after a heart attack,according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation:Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Mobil Phones Used to Speed Help to Cardiac Arrest

Cities nationwide should consider using mobile phones and apps to connect people in cardiac arrest with nearby CPR-trained rescuers, say new guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Mind/Body Connection

Women who experience traumatic events or develop post-traumatic stress disorder may have a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes than women without such a history, according to new research.

Disproportionate Risk for SCA

Blacks are more likely than whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and at a much earlier age, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Sodium & High Blood Pressure

People who gradually increase how much salt they eat and people who habitually eat too much salt both face an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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