Flavonoid-Rich Foods Help Lower Blood Pressure: Study
WASHINGTON — Consuming plant-based foods rich in flavonoids like chocolate and wine, and fruits can improve blood pressure levels. Researchers examined the association between eating flavonoid-rich foods with blood pressure and gut microbiome diversity. The study also investigated how much variance within the gut microbiome could explain the association between intake of flavonoid-rich foods and blood pressure. After an overnight fast, participants’ blood pressure levels were measured three times in three-minute intervals after an initial five-minute rest period. Up to 15.2 percent of the association between flavonoid-rich foods and systolic blood pressure could be explained by the diversity found in participants’ gut microbiome.thewestsidegazette.com
Aerosols From Vaping Impact Health, Just Like Tobacco And Cannabis
(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)Knowledge is still limited about the health effects of e-cigarettes, as well as the effects of heated tobacco products and the new, coil-less, ultrasonic vaping devices on cardiovascular function. Flow-mediated dilation, which is an indicator of endothelial function and overall blood vessel health, was measured by ultrasound in the lab rats. After only one five-minute session of exposure, endothelial function was acutely impaired by aerosols from all vaping products tested. Blood vessel impairment in vaping products was comparable to the impairment caused by traditional cigarettes (67 percent), the authors said. “We were not surprised when we saw the results for the heated tobacco products and previous generation e-cigarettes.thewestsidegazette.com
Study Links Breastfeeding To Lower Blood Pressure In Early Childhood
WASHINGTON — A new study titled “Breastfeeding in the First Days of Life Is Associated With Lower Blood Pressure at 3 Years of Age” found that babies who were breastfed, even for a few days, had lower blood pressure as toddlers. The research found that cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, can start in childhood. Studies have also confirmed breastfeeding is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood. “Our study suggests that for cardiovascular outcomes such as blood pressure, even a brief period of breastfeeding is beneficial. The study has some limitations, including its observational design, meaning it does not allow researchers to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship between breastfeeding and blood pressure in early life.thewestsidegazette.com
Cardio-oncology helping patients suffering heart disease and cancer simultaneously
“The treatment for my specific form of cancer was to take this drug called her pet in and hercepton it works negatively on your heart,” Swann said. A team at the Cleveland Clinic Weston found Swann’s heart was so weak she needed a pacemaker before she could begin her cancer treatment. “And therefore we can have a win-win by completion of cancer treatment, which is lifesaving, but without the risk of heart damage,” said Dr. Diego Sadler, a cardio-oncology specialist. AdSadler said some patients like Swann may come before cancer treatment, while others are seen during or after treatment if problems develop as a result of exposure to chemotherapy and radiation. Those at high risk for adverse heart reactions during cancer treatment include people with high blood pressure, diabetes and those who smoke.
Going red for women and heart health, raising awareness
Going red for women and heart health, raising awareness February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Cardiologist and CBS News Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Tara Narula talks about the risk factors, warning signs, and preventative care for women's heart health during the coronavirus pandemic.cbsnews.com
Here’s 1 simple thing that can be done at home to better manage health
Health risks from high blood pressure can include stroke, heart failure, heart attack, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction, vision loss and more. Statistics from American Heart Association. (American Heart Association)But here’s the thing: self-measured blood pressure monitoring is a proven approach that’s associated with improved blood pressure control, according to the American Heart Association. “During COVID-19, our priority remains the wellbeing of our most vulnerable community members,” said American Heart Association Executive Director Jennifer Campbell. (American Heart Association)“One of our board priorities this year is empowering individuals to better manage their hypertension,” said Jonathan DeLuca, immediate-past chairman of the American Heart Association, Greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale board.
New data raises questions about benefits of hormone replacement and heart health
WESTON, Fla. – Another mixed message has been sent for menopausal and post-menopausal women regarding the use of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, to protect against heart disease. That is once again raising questions about the benefit versus the risk of HRT for CVD. Sahni said the AHA statement emphasizes the importance of monitoring a woman’s health during mid-life in order to apply early intervention measures to maintain a healthy heart. And a recent meta-analysis finds that younger women with a history of breast cancer are less likely to get pregnant compared to the general public and their babies face a higher risk of certain adverse outcomes. Additional analysis suggested that these risks appeared to be driven by treatment with chemotherapy.
‘The community just lost a pillar.’ Auto magnate Rick Case dies at 77
“Everywhere I went they were there and making a difference for Broward County with the Boys & Girls Clubs and many, many other organizations, whether it was the American Heart Association or handicapped children or the homeless,” said Davie entrepreneur Ron Bergeron. “He was one of the most philanthropic men that I ever met, and I was actually inspired by him. I believe that we’ve lost a man that in my eyes is an icon ... a man that took all of his success and gave back to others.”sun-sentinel.com
Leading Public Health Organizations Unite in Opposition of House Bill 7089
Amid the highest youth tobacco use rate in 20 years, Florida has seen record youth smoking rates, demonstrating the need to pass proven policies that reduce youth tobacco use by restricting access. HB 7089 is a gift to the industry which caused the epidemic in the first place. The disconcerting provisions laid out in the bill fails to include all tobacco products in the definition of tobacco products which could result in certain products being exempt from other tobacco control laws. Rather, HB 7089 establishes an uneven playing field by creating new categories for how e-cigarettes and other tobacco products are regulated delaying enforcement. Our organizations are urging the Florida legislature to prioritize Florida youth over the tobacco industrys profits and oppose House bill 7089.sflcn.com
"Your health is your most important asset": Cardiologist discusses heart health on "CBS This Morning" podcast
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health and how to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's important for women to recognize that your health is your most important asset," Northwell Health cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Mieres, one of the leading experts and patient advocates in the field of cardiovascular disease in women, said on the "CBS This Morning" podcast. I know the American Heart Association is expanding its campaign to be faith-based to have the cultural aspects introduced." Listen to Mieres' full conversation with Narula on the "CBS This Morning" podcast for more ways to prevent heart disease and how to feel empowered advocating for your health care.cbsnews.com
American Heart Association hosts survivor fashion show
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – For a third consecutive year, the American Heart Association is hosting the Move with HEART Survivor Fashion Show to celebrate survivors of heart disease and stroke. “The Move with HEART Survivor Fashion Show is an opportunity to honor and celebrate those strong and brave individuals from our community that have battled heart disease or stroke and have come out as warriors,” said Jennifer Campbell, executive director of the American Heart Association. The goal of the Move with HEART Survivor Fashion Show is also to highlight the importance of living an active lifestyle. Along with the fashion show, the event will feature family-friendly activities, heart-healthy cooking demos, a mobile bus giving produce, hands-only CPR training, live entertainment and more. The American Heart Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Healthier Church Challenge Uplifts Black Womens Health
Now through Nov. 18, the American Heart Association and WW are calling on faith-based organizations with health and wellness ministries to apply for the EmPOWERED & Well Healthier Church Challenge. Kicking off Jan. 5, the 12-week pilot program will empower participants with weekly coaching and science-based health education. In fact, according to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, Black churches pro-vided more health resources to their members than White churches. They will receive stipends in support of their health ministries and will have the opportunity to receive additional financial support and wellness celebrations. The EmPOWERED & Well Healthier Church Challenge is a program of the American Heart Associations EmPOWERED to ServeTM platform, which is inspired by volunteers who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities.thewestsidegazette.com
Majority of babies eat too much added sugar in the US, study says
On average, infants consumed a teaspoon of added sugar a day while toddlers consumed about 6 teaspoons a day. "We did however find differences in added sugars consumption by race and Hispanic origin," Herrick said. "For example, non-Hispanic Asian toddlers consumed the fewest added sugars at around 3.7 teaspoons [a day]. Non-Hispanic Black toddlers consumed the most added sugars at about 8.2 teaspoons [a day]." However, nutritionists warn that added sugars at these ages is a concern due to the impact on future taste and food preferences.
Owning dog tied to lowering risk of dying early by 24%
"Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality," said Kramer, an assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Toronto. The meta-analysis found an even bigger benefit for people who had already had a heart attack or stroke. Heart attack survivors living alone who owned dogs had a 33% lower risk of death compared to people who did not own a dog. That's especially important after a major illness, such as a heart attack or stroke. And I think that maybe dog ownership is part of that."
Florida Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
American Heart Association Award recognizes Florida Medical Centers commitment to quality stroke careFlorida Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Florida Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.communitynewspapers.com
Broken heart syndrome and cancer are connected, scientists say
New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says broken heart syndrome may be linked to cancer. Broken heart syndrome is a real thing, though it's also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. And now, new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says broken heart syndrome may be linked to cancer. The study, published on Wednesday, found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also developed cancer -- and they were more likely to die within five years after their diagnosis, compared to those without broken heart syndrome. For people who have either cancer or broken heart syndrome, this isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.
Drugs that worsen heart failure; what's behind Mary Todd Lincoln's depression
In today's Morning Rounds, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and Dr. Tara Narula weigh in on a new warning by the American Heart Association that many commonly used medications could cause or worsen heart failure. Also, Dr. LaPook reports on a new study that examines how a physical cause may have driven former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln's mental struggles and erratic behaviors.cbsnews.com
Women’s heart disease symptoms often overlooked, study shows
New research shines a light on the gender gap in heart care. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, affecting more than six million women every year. Recent studies from the American Heart Association show how women’s symptoms are often overlooked or misunderstood. Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and national spokesperson for the American Heart Association, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the findings.cbsnews.com
Various exercises can strengthen your heart
WebMD advocates cardiovascular exertion as the most effective exercise, with stretching and weight training playing a supporting role. Cardiovascular ActivityThe Franklin Institute's Center for Innovation in Science Learning offers some tips to help on the road to heart health that can be incorporated into everyday life. Good forms of cardiovascular exercise include swimming, which is an overall body workout and which really gets your heart pumping. Running is well known for its overall health benefits and has a great impact on heart health in particular. ResultsAccording to the American Heart Association a lack of exercise is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and is strongly linked to heart attacks.
How do foods get heart-check mark?
The American Heart Association created the heart-check mark as a means to certify foods and extend a stamp of approval to healthier choices on the grocery store shelves. Products with the mark must pass the group's criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol. If the total fat is derived from non-whole-oat sources, the cutoff is 3 g. The product must also contain 0.75 g or more of whole-oat soluble fiber. The heart-check mark is an indicator of very specific components in the foods that apply for certification. Remember, the mark does not take into account any heart unhealthy components that may be present in the products.
Eat your way to a healthy heart
According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet can help alleviate three major risk factors for heart disease: high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight. Fruits And VegetablesThe AHA advises that people eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Breads, Cereal, Grains And PastaA healthy heart diet includes at least six servings of grain products, according to the AHA. Children should have two or more servings, and teens and older adults need four or more servings every day. Diet Can Help Lower High Blood PressureYour diet can also help keep your blood pressure low.
American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes
American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes The AHA is calling for electronic cigarettes to be "strongly regulated, thoroughly researched, and closely monitored." Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the details.cbsnews.com
The American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes
The American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes The association says electronic cigarettes should be subject to all the laws that apply to cigarettes and cigars. Also, new research suggests anti-depressants could help treat brain cancer in children. Alison Harmelin has the day's top health stories.cbsnews.com