AHA News: Heart Disease, Stroke More Deadly in ‘Socially Vulnerable’ Counties | Health News


By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke are higher if you live in a county considered socially vulnerable due to factors such as poverty, crowded housing and poor access to transportation, new research shows.

“The findings confirm what we might have imagined – that social and place-based factors play a key role in cardiovascular mortality,” said lead investigator Dr. Quentin R. Youmans, a cardiology fellow at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “Moving forward, we have to focus on those social determinants of health just as much as we have to focus on therapeutics and other prevention measures.”

Researchers looked at death rates from heart disease and stroke from 1999-2018 for 2,766 counties, representing 95% of counties across the United States. They also looked at each county’s social vulnerability index, a measure created

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AHA News: Food Insecurity Rates High Among People With Heart Disease | Health News


By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with atherosclerosis, particularly those who earn a low income and have other socioeconomic disadvantages, are more likely to experience food insecurity than those without the condition, according to new research.

Researchers analyzed several socioeconomic factors from self-reported data for 190,113 U.S. adults. Among the 18,442 (8.2%) adults with atherosclerosis, about 1 in 7 – or 14.6% – reported being food insecure. That was compared with 9.1% among those without atherosclerosis.

The findings also showed food insecurity affects nearly 1 in 2 people with the condition who also are among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.

In 2018, nearly 11% – 14.3 million – U.S. households were food insecure, a term the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as “limited or uncertain access to adequate food due to lack of money” at least some time

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AHA News: Eating Foods That Promote Inflammation May Worsen Heart Failure | Health News


By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with heart failure who eat a diet high in foods that cause inflammation are twice as likely to end up in the hospital or die as those who eat foods known to reduce inflammation, new research shows.

“If people with heart failure can reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory foods that they eat, it might help with their survival,” said lead researcher JungHee Kang, a nursing research assistant and PhD student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Diet has been shown to play a role in regulating inflammation, which is associated with many chronic illnesses, including heart disease. Diets high in foods such as red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products have been shown to increase inflammation, while foods such as olive oil, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables have been

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Years Leading to Menopause See Uptick in Women’s Heart Risks: AHA | Health News


By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease risk increases in women as they near menopause, so it’s crucial to monitor their health and take preventive measures as needed, a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement says.

“Over the past 20 years, our knowledge of how the menopause transition might contribute to cardiovascular disease has been dramatically evolving,” Samar El Khoudary, chair of the writing committee, said in an AHA news release. She is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

“We have accumulated data consistently pointing to the menopause transition as a time of change in cardiovascular health. Importantly, the latest American Heart Association guidelines that are specific to women, which were published in 2011, did not include the data that is now available on menopause as a time of increased risk for women’s heart health. As such,

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Black Americans Suffer More From Heart Disease: The AHA Wants to Change That | Health News


By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The Black Lives Matter movement put racism in the United States under the glare of the public spotlight in 2020. And at its recently concluded annual meeting, the American Heart Association pledged to fight racial disparities in heart health and boost the life expectancy of all Americans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that systemic racism plays a large role in the kind of health an American can expect to enjoy, AHA President-Elect Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones said during a recent HD Live! interview.

“Obviously, the events of 2020 with COVID have uncovered tremendous health disparities in this country — communities of color, rural communities having much worse outcomes than the majority population,” Lloyd-Jones said. “These things aren’t new, but they’ve certainly been brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In response, the AHA appointed an advisory committee

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