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

By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter


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


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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Women Have Poorer Survival Than Men in Years After First Heart Attack | Health News

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Here’s a good reason for women to take a heart attack more seriously than they might: A new study shows that women are more likely to develop heart failure or die within five years of their first severe heart attack than men are.

Though the gender gap was narrower for a less severe type of heart attack, that wasn’t true with a more severe type, according to Canadian researchers who discovered women have a 20% greater risk of developing heart failure or dying within five years.

The study found a few clues: Women were generally older at the time of their heart attacks and had more risk factors that could have increased their heart failure risk, but they also were seen less frequently by a cardiovascular specialist, were not as likely to have been prescribed heart medications,

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

By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter


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


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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Study: Heart failure risk in older women increases with more sedentary time

Nov. 24 (UPI) — Older women have a greater risk of heart failure if they spend more time sitting than those who sit less — even if they have a regular fitness routine — a new study found.

Researchers analyzed records for nearly 80,100 postmenopausal women, who were 63 years of age on average, from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, for the study published Tuesday.

The initiative allowed women to self-report time spent sitting or lying down in waking hours and or moving.

Women who spent less than 6.5 hours a day sitting or lying down in waking hours, had 15% less risk of heart failure hospitalization than women reporting up to 9.5 sedentary hours, and 42% less risk than women reporting more than 9.5 hours sedentary hours, the data showed.

Analysts gathered data from an average of nine years of follow-up on the women, during which 1,402 women

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

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter


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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Mount Rainier Hiker ‘Came Back From The Dead’ After Heart Stopped

A Mount Rainier hiker is alive after he was found in whiteout conditions and brought into the emergency room at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Navy crews found Michael Knapinski last weekend in Mount Rainier National Park after a night of below-freezing conditions and flew him to the hospital, WPVI-TV reports.

Shortly after his arrival, Knapinski flatlined. However, doctors began using an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine that pumped blood outside of his body and administered CPR. While the machine does not guarantee a full recovery, it can be life-saving.

After 45 minutes, they were able to restart the hiker’s heart. “He came back from the dead,” Dr. Jenelle Badulak, an intensive care unit doctor at the medical center, revealed. “It wasn’t a miracle though, it was science.”

Badulak added, “Michael was unconscious, had extreme hypothermia, and his heart stopped shortly after he arrived at the ER.”

“But he did

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5 scientifically-backed benefits of bananas for weight loss, heart health, and more

a bunch of bananas on display for sale: Bananas contain lots of potassium, which functions as an electrolyte and nutrient. fitri iskandar zakariah/Getty Images

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Bananas contain lots of potassium, which functions as an electrolyte and nutrient. fitri iskandar zakariah/Getty Images

  • Bananas have many benefits for your health because of their high potassium and fiber content. 
  • Potassium helps to balance sodium levels in your body, which regulates blood pressure and may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. 
  • Eating bananas may also help with weight loss because they contain pectin and resistant starch, which can help you feel full for longer.
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Bananas have long been a lunchbox and brown bag staple. And that’s not just because they’re an easily portable food item. They’re also nutritious and beneficial for your heart, blood sugar, digestion, and more. 

Here are five health benefits of eating bananas. 

Bananas are highly nutritious

A single medium banana offers 110 calories with zero fat. It also provides the

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Marijuana Could Increase Heart Attack Risk, Reduce Chances Of Kidney Failures, Studies Show


  • Researchers assessed more than 113,000 patients in Michigan who underwent angioplasty 
  • Nearly 4,000 or 3.5% of patients admitted to using marijuana following heart procedures
  • Those who smoked cannabis were less prone to experience acute kidney failure compared to non-smokers

The use of marijuana could increase the risk of heart attacks, but it could decrease the likelihood of sudden kidney failures, two new studies have found.

The studies, which were presented at the American Heart Associations’ Scientific Sessions on Nov. 9, showed the use of marijuana could increase the risk of stroke and bleeding in people after heart surgeries, including percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI. It also showed marijuana users were more prone to a second heart attack after heart surgeries than non-cannabis users.  

To conduct the studies, researchers assessed more than 113,000 patients in Michigan who underwent an angioplasty procedure between January 2013 and October 2016. Of this,

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