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Matters of the Heart Wire

In honor of Heart Health Month each February, The Matters of the Heart Wire highlights experts, feature ideas, research news, and trend stories related to the season of love and heart health.

Stories are sorted by the following topics: Heart Health Research and Features Valentine's Day and Lifestyle Features

Future stories related to heart health will be available in the Heart Disease Feature Channel: And the Cardiovascular Health Feature Channel:

Heart Health Research and Features

A Pounding Heart May be Dangerous for Some Kidney Patients
The abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, is increasingly common in patients on dialysis and is linked to a sharp rise in death, in an already at-risk population, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). • Image(s) embedded •  (Embargo expired on 13-Jan-2011 at 17:00 ET)
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
—American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Post Heart Attack, Patients with Lower Kidney Function Not Taking Prescribed Meds
Among older adults with a recent heart attack (myocardial infarction), those with lower levels of kidney function are less likely to take their medications as prescribed, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). • Image(s) embedded •  (Embargo expired on 13-Jan-2011 at 17:00 ET)
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
—American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

New Measure Trumps HDL Levels in Protecting Against Heart Disease
New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that a different metric, a measure of HDL function called cholesterol efflux capacity, is more closely associated with protection against heart disease than HDL cholesterol levels themselves. Findings study could lead to new therapies in the fight against heart disease. (Embargo expired on 12-Jan-2011 at 17:00 ET)
New England Journal of Medicine
—University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Resistance Training Benefits Cardiovascular Health
Research conducted in the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University has shown that resistance training has some similar effects as aerobic exercise in lowering a person’s blood pressure.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
—Appalachian State University

Black History Month Can Focus on the Health and Well-Being of African Americans
February is a time for medical check-ups for African Americans.
—Society for Vascular Surgery

Research Demonstrates Legacy Effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Medications
In a study published in December 2010, in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association, investigators have shown that early treatment with blood pressure-lowering medications provides a long-term benefit of reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The study was conducted by researchers from the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey (CVI) at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in collaboration with researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Hypertension, December 2010
—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Nursing the Broken Heart Through Patient Knowledge and Motivation
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researcher Cheryl Dennison shares her tips to managing heart health.
—Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Groundhogs Are Right 39 Percent of the Time; Winter Requires Extra Care for Humans with High Blood Pressure
If winter continues after Groundhog's Day, extra care is required for humans.
—Society for Vascular Surgery

Pump Up Your Heart in Five Easy Steps
Did you know that a good night's sleep can help prevent heart disease? There are many simple ways to lower your risk. During February, American Heart Month, Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, offers some easy steps to improve heart health and overall well-being throughout the year. • Image(s) embedded • 
—NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College

Valentine's Day and Lifestyle Features

Study Explores How Partners Perceive Each Other’s Emotion During A Relationship Fight
Some of the most intense emotions people feel occur during a conflict in a romantic relationship. Now, new research from Baylor University psychologists shows that how each person perceives the other partner’s emotion during a conflict greatly influences different types of thoughts, feelings and reactions in themselves.
Personal Relationships
—Baylor University

Love Your Floors this Valentine’s Day with Limited Edition "Red” Swiffer Products
This Valentine’s Day Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer® brand is red hot. Limited edition “red” packaged Swiffer products, including Swiffer® WetJet®, Swiffer® Sweeper Starter Kit and Swiffer Dusters® Extender, are available at Target stores nationwide, from February 6 through March 16, along with special “Swiffer® Valentine” displays to help Target guests find the perfect Swiffer products to suit their floors. • Image(s) embedded • 
—Blue Chip PR

Will You Be Mine? The Early Valentine
We exchanged them with our school classmates as children, and as adults we send them to those we love most – but did you know the American tradition of sending valentines originated with a young Mount Holyoke College graduate? • Image(s) embedded • 
—Mount Holyoke College

Experts Offer Tips and Thoughts for Anyone Playing Cupid This Valentine's Day
Binghamton University faculty offer thoughts on kissing and cuddling; dealing with the Valentine’s Day complainers aka cheapskates; and tips for making Valentine’s Day fun for the whole family.
—Binghamton University, State University of New York

Campbell Soup Company Mobilizes Moms to Support Commitment to Heart Health
Parenthood’s Monica Potter and NFL Mom Deborah Johnson share their stories and urge others to address their hearts.
—Campbell Soup Company

Matters of the Heart: Ryerson University Experts Weigh in on Love, Romance, Chocolate on Valentine’s Day
Various Ryerson University faculty experts available to comment on Valentine's Day themes including love in literature, philosophy of love and intimate relationships.
Expert(s) available
—Ryerson University


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