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15-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Obese Women Have Thicker Carotid Artery Walls, Higher Stroke Risk
American Heart Association (AHA)

Obesity in middle-aged women is independently associated with premature thickening of the carotid arteries, a sign of impending heart disease, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

8-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Young Blacks, Hispanics More Prone to Stroke than Young Whites
American Heart Association (AHA)

The incidence of stroke is higher among blacks and Hispanics ages 20 to 44 than among young whites, according to a study.

5-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Lifetime Risk for Heart Failure: One in Five
American Heart Association (AHA)

A person age 40 or older has a one-in-five chance of developing congestive heart failure, according to a study.

1-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Inflammation May Increase Stroke Risk in Men with Hypertension
American Heart Association (AHA)

Proteins associated with inflammation may help identify different levels of stroke risk in men who have hypertension, Swedish researchers report.

1-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Keen ER Identification Could Avert Future Strokes
American Heart Association (AHA)

Each trip to the emergency room could be a chance to squash a future stroke. Irregular heart rhythms that make people more vulnerable to stroke are often diagnosed in the ER, and a substantial number of high-risk patients can be identified there, according to a study.

29-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EST
Life-Saving Properties of Beta Blockers Extend to More Patients
American Heart Association (AHA)

Beta blocker drugs have now been shown to lengthen the lives of people at risk of sudden death due to irregular heart beats, according to a study published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Released: 25-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Calcium-Blocker Drug Slows Artery Clogging Better than Beta Blocker
American Heart Association (AHA)

High blood pressure treatment with a calcium channel antagonist slowed progression of atherosclerosis, the disease process responsible for heart attacks and strokes, better than a beta blocker, according to a rapid track report posted online this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

25-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Analysis Finds Drug Improves Odds of Complete Stroke Recovery
American Heart Association (AHA)

A drug that protects the brain from injury during ischemic stroke can significantly increase the chance of complete recovery, researchers report in a meta-analysis.

25-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Giving Clot Busters in Arteries Has Some Benefits
American Heart Association (AHA)

Injecting clot-busting drugs into an artery after stroke nearly doubled the rate of favorable outcomes and nearly halved the number of deaths compared to people who didn't get the drugs. However, it also increased the risk of bleeding, researchers report.

Released: 23-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
How You Respond to High-Fat Diet Is Linked to Genes
American Heart Association (AHA)

Maybe people who eat fatty foods without negative health consequences really haven't sold their souls to the devil. They may just have good genes. The link between dietary fat intake and heart disease is hardwired into our genes, according to research.

Released: 23-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Rigorous, Short-Term Diet-Exercise Program Lowers Heart Disease Risk
American Heart Association (AHA)

Obese men can significantly reduce heart disease risk on a three-week low-fat, high-fiber diet and daily exercise -- even though they may lose only a few pounds, according to research.

Released: 23-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Different Cholesterol Predicts Heart Risk Too, New Target for Drugs?
American Heart Association (AHA)

Non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) may help predict heart problems in people who have heart disease, according to a report.

8-Oct-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Polishing the Crystal Ball: Risk Prediction Methods Need Update
American Heart Association (AHA)

Calculating the risk that a heart attack patient will die or have another heart attack is physicians' attempt at peering into a crystal ball, but their view is clouded. Current calculation methods omit important facts that could better predict a person's future health and guide treatment, researchers report.

6-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Smokers' Infections Increase Risk of Early Atherosclerosis
American Heart Association (AHA)

Cigarette smoking turns the entire body into a breeding ground for infection, which may allow artery-clogging plaque to take hold.

6-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Skin Test May Detect Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Risk
American Heart Association (AHA)

A skin test can detect a tissue disorder that may increase the risk of intracranial aneurysm, which can lead to stroke.

3-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Leg Maneuver May Prevent Fainting
American Heart Association (AHA)

A combination of leg crossing and muscle tensing may help prevent fainting, providing a simple solution for people prone to fainting during emotional stress or prolonged standing.

3-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Popular Long-Acting Contraceptive Linked to Vascular Dysfunction
American Heart Association (AHA)

Long-term use of a contraceptive injected once every three months impairs the arteries' ability to contract and expand, possibly increasing the risk for heart disease, according to research.

3-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Modest Wine Drinking May Reduce Risk of Second Heart Attack
American Heart Association (AHA)

Middle-aged French men who drank two or more glasses of wine regularly after a recent heart attack were less likely to have a second heart attack or other cardiovascular complications compared to nondrinkers.

3-Sep-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Immediate Cholesterol Drop after Heart Attack Guards against Stroke
American Heart Association (AHA)

Heart patients who received intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy in the four months after a heart attack or other coronary event had about half as many strokes as those who were not given the drugs.

27-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Drug Improves Survival in Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Patients
American Heart Association (AHA)

Long-term use of a vasodilator drug can significantly increase survival and improve quality of life in patients with primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), according to the first multi-year study of the agent.

27-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Inflammation Reduced After Just Two Weeks on Statin Drug
American Heart Association (AHA)

The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin reduces both cholesterol and an inflammation marker linked to heart disease within two weeks, according to a study.

20-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Enzyme Level Linked to Death after Angioplasty
American Heart Association (AHA)

A test commonly used to diagnose heart attacks may also identify patients at increased risk of death after balloon angioplasty, according to a study.

20-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Almonds Have Cholesterol Benefits
American Heart Association (AHA)

Almonds significantly lowered bad cholesterol levels in a study of people with high cholesterol.

20-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Antibiotics Help Heart Patients
American Heart Association (AHA)

In the largest study of its kind published to date, researchers report that hospitalized heart patients who took antibiotics had a significantly lower risk of returning to the hospital with severe chest pain within one year compared with those on a placebo.

20-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
High Levels of C-Reactive Protein Indicate Early Heart Disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

Using a simple, inexpensive test to determine levels of C-reactive protein in the blood, researchers were able to detect heart disease before symptoms were apparent.

13-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Armed with AEDs, Police Save Lives by Cutting Response Time
American Heart Association (AHA)

In communities where police are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), people who have a sudden cardiac arrest have a better chance at survival.

13-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
High Mental Stress Linked with Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Death
American Heart Association (AHA)

Japanese women who report high levels of mental stress have double the risk for stroke-related and heart-related deaths than those reporting low stress levels.

9-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Babies Fond of Salt Have Higher Blood Pressure
American Heart Association (AHA)

Within three days of birth some babies exhibit a unique response to salty taste -- and the response is strongest in babies who have at least one grandparent with a history of hypertension, according to new research.

6-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Drug to Lower Cholesterol Also Slows Calcium Build-Up in Arteries
American Heart Association (AHA)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may also slow the progression of calcium build-up in arteries, according to a report.

6-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Viagra Helps Men with Heart Failure
American Heart Association (AHA)

Men with congestive heart failure and erectile dysfunction (ED) safely used sildenafil (Viagra) to improve sexual function.

6-Aug-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Mutation in "Elastic" Gene Linked to Early Coronary Heart Disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

A mutation in a gene that affects artery elasticity is associated with an increased risk of early coronary heart disease, researchers report.

23-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Faulty Gene May Explain Why Some Fall Ill at High Altitudes
American Heart Association (AHA)

Two slight variations in a gene that helps maintain lung function increase the risk of high altitude sickness, a rare but potentially deadly breathing disorder.

23-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
More Fallout from Plaque Ruptures in Store for Heart Attack Survivors
American Heart Association (AHA)

The blood clot that causes a heart attack may not act alone. Hidden plaque ruptures may cause further damage, according to a three-dimensional ultrasound study.

12-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Clear Outlook: Study Finds No Link Between Weather and Stroke
American Heart Association (AHA)

Challenging previous reports of a little-understood link between stroke and weather, a Canadian study found no discernible connection between the two.

12-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
High-Volume Hospitals Equal Higher Survival Rates for Bleeding Strokes
American Heart Association (AHA)

Patients are more likely to survive a stroke caused by a burst blood vessel if they are admitted to a hospital that treats these strokes more often. Yet, few patients are referred from less-experienced facilities.

12-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
High Cholesterol Elevates Women's Risk of Stroke Death
American Heart Association (AHA)

Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for stroke death in younger women, particularly African-American women with no history of cardiovascular disease.

9-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Ulcer Bacteria Linked to Strokes
American Heart Association (AHA)

Potent strains of ulcer-causing bacteria may play a key role in certain kinds of stroke.

9-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Post-Transplant Nerve Regrowth Better with Young Hearts, Quick Surgery
American Heart Association (AHA)

Spontaneous nerve regeneration after a heart transplant is more likely in cases involving young donors, young recipients and fast, uncomplicated surgery.

9-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Aspirin within Two Days of Ischemic Stroke Reduces Deaths
American Heart Association (AHA)

Giving patients aspirin within 48 hours of the onset of an acute ischemic stroke can reduce death and severity of stroke.

2-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Fish-Rich Tribal Diet Linked with Low Leptin Levels
American Heart Association (AHA)

In a study of neighboring African tribes, a tribe eating a fish-rich diet had lower levels of the hormone leptin than a tribe eating a primarily vegetarian diet.

2-Jul-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Heart Disease Is a Pediatric Problem: New Guidelines Point to Lifestyle "Training" in Childhood
American Heart Association (AHA)

Helping children visualize a "healthy plate," be physically active and remain smoke-free are key parts of establishing life-long heart health, the American Heart Association says in its new comprehensive guidelines on cardiovascular health in children.

Released: 25-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Less Inflammation, Better Heart Health in Physically Fit Females
American Heart Association (AHA)

Physical fitness may have an anti-inflammatory effect that protects against heart attacks, according to a report.

Released: 25-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Two Drugs Are Better than One to Prevent Return of Atrial Fibrillation
American Heart Association (AHA)

The high blood pressure drug irbesartan delayed the recurrence of irregular heartbeats, researchers report for the first time.

Released: 25-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Low-Cost Reminder Helps Prevent Infections for Heart Patients
American Heart Association (AHA)

Helping doctors remind their patients with valvular heart disease to take antibiotics before dental procedures can help prevent bacterial endocarditis, according to a report.

18-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
High Blood Pressure Treatment Also Improves Heart Function
American Heart Association (AHA)

Treating high blood pressure with medications not only lowers blood pressure but also makes the heart work better, according to one of the largest studies of its kind.

18-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Women with Ovary Disease May Also Have High Risk for Heart Disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

Women with polycystic ovaries, a common gynecologic disorder, develop stiff arteries that may increase their risk of heart disease and stroke.

18-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Simple Questions May Help Predict Death Risk for Heart Patients
American Heart Association (AHA)

People with heart disease who responded to a survey saying that they were limited by their symptoms and had a poor quality of life were more likely to suffer a heart attack or die.

18-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Gout Drug Shows Promise in Treating Chronic Heart Failure
American Heart Association (AHA)

A drug used to treat gout improves blood vessel function in heart failure patients, possibly by blocking the creation of harmful free radicals.

11-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
American Heart Association Weighs in on Fat Substitutes
American Heart Association (AHA)

The jury is still out on whether fat substitutes provide a health benefit, because individuals who use them seldom lose weight, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

11-Jun-2002 12:00 AM EDT
Beta-Blockers After Heart Surgery Show Double Benefits
American Heart Association (AHA)

Beta-blockers should be used as a first-line medication to prevent postoperative atrial fibrillation, a common complication of heart surgery.


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