Healthy habits are key to maintaining health even while taking multiple prescriptions

Lifestyle habits including eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and not smoking can reduce the risk of death, even for people taking multiple medications, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “We’ve long known about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. The results from our […]

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High blood pressure complications in US pregnancies have nearly doubled

Nearly twice as many pregnancies were complicated by high blood pressure in 2018 than in 2007, and women living in rural areas continue to have higher rates of high blood pressure compared to their urban counterparts, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. Pre-pregnancy hypertension is a […]

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Higher fitness levels linked to lower AFib risk in male, African American veterans

Higher fitness levels reduced the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation, by 30% to 50% in a study of male, African American veterans, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) […]

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More green spaces can help boost air quality, reduce heart disease deaths

Green spaces—trees, shrubs and grasses—can improve air quality and may lower heart disease deaths, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “We found that both increased greenness and increased air quality were associated with fewer deaths from heart disease,” said William Aitken, M.D., a cardiology fellow with […]

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New medication to treat shock caused by blood or fluid loss found safe and effective

Centhaquine, a new medication to treat patients who have severe blood or fluid loss, significantly improved outcomes and reduced death rate when added to standard of care, compared to standard care alone, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020. Severe loss of blood or fluids due […]

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U.S.-born Black women at higher risk of preeclampsia than Black immigrants

Black women born in the United States have a higher risk of developing preeclampsia compared to Black women who immigrated to the country, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. Preeclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and kidney dysfunction, is one of […]

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Older Latinas please stand up! Simple intervention encourages better health

Overweight, sedentary, postmenopausal Latinas participating in a 12-week intervention program that counseled them about how to stand more and sit less greatly reduced daily sitting time, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “There is more and more research that indicates people who spend a lot of […]

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