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World Hypertension Day draws attention to the dangers of high blood pressure

Four million people and counting have checked their blood pressure in the U.S. in an awareness campaign meant to draw attention to high blood pressure and save lives.

Left to Our Own Devices

Mobile technologies seem to show promise for helping us improve and manage our health. But what is scientific research to date showing us so far about how that promise is being met?

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.

Knowing Our Numbers, We Improve Our Health

A study presented at the AHA High Blood Pressure Conference suggested that a platform for tracking blood pressure and other health information helped people with high blood pressure to lower their readings.

High-schoolers who try e-cigs are more likely to smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last year, e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students, surpassing traditional cigarettes and every other tobacco product.

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.

Food Deserts

Many of us have the opportunity to make healthy or unhealthy choices about the foods we eat every day. But for about 29.7 million Americans living in low-income areas more than a mile from a supermarket, healthy options may be scarce. They live in “food deserts.”

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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