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  • African Americans live shorter lives due to heart disease and stroke October 23, 2017
    Statement Highlights: African Americans carry a higher burden of cardiovascular diseases compared with white Americans. Risk factors for heart disease appear earlier in African Americans than in whites. Social determinants of health, stress and cultural factors all play a role.
  • Irregular heartbeat linked to higher thyroid hormone levels October 23, 2017
    Study Highlights: Individuals with higher levels of thyroid hormone (free thyroxine or FT4) circulating in the blood were more likely than individuals with lower levels to develop irregular heartbeat, even when the levels were within normal range. Blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which regulates the production of thyroid hormones and is primarily measured in […]
  • La esperanza de vida de los estadounidenses de raza negra es menor debido a los accidentes cerebrovasculares y a las cardiopatías October 23, 2017
    Aspectos destacados de la declaración: Los estadounidenses de raza negra presentan una mayor incidencia de enfermedades cardiovasculares en comparación con los estadounidenses de raza blanca. En el caso de los estadounidenses de raza negra, aparecen con anterioridad factores de riesgo de cardiopatía en comparación con los estadounidenses de raza blanca. Influyen factores determinantes sociales como […]
  • Senate HELP Committee’s Bipartisan Health Care Bill Positive First Step Toward Stabilization, Say Patient, Provider, and Consumer Groups October 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 18, 2017— A non-partisan group of 29 patient, provider and consumer groups today praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for crafting bipartisan legislation that will help stabilize the individual insurance markets:
  • Men develop irregular heartbeat earlier than women; extra weight a factor October 16, 2017
    Study Highlights: The onset of an irregular heartbeat jumps sharply in men after age 50 and in women after 60. The risk of developing the irregular rhythm known as atrial fibrillation rises with increasing age and weight. Having atrial fibrillation more than tripled the risk of dying during average 13-year study.
  • Patient, provider and consumer groups implore Congress to appropriate CSR funds October 13, 2017
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 13, 2017 — 12 patient, provider and consumer groups released the following comments today on President Trump’s announcement that he will discontinue the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments:
  • Adult and teen obesity rates hit all-time high, CDC reports October 13, 2017
    DALLAS, October 13, 2017 — New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate the adult obesity rates in the United States are now a staggering 40 percent while youth obesity rates grew to 20 percent for 12-to-19-year-olds.
  • Health Insurance Changes Could Put Meaningful Health Coverage Out of Reach for Patients October 12, 2017
    Washington, D.C., October 12, 2017—An executive order issued today by President Trump would encourage association health plans to enter the insurance market and change the rules governing the length and renewability of short-term catastrophic health insurance plans.
  • Only 1 in 4 survivors feels confident in preventing another stroke October 12, 2017
    Results from a new survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, found that stroke survivors have low confidence in their ability to prevent another stroke.
  • Calling for greater investment on World Obesity Day October 11, 2017
    DALLAS, October 10, 2017 — On this World Obesity Day, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, joins organizations from many nations to urge all levels of government to...
  • Studies suggest resilience training may be a useful primary prevention strategy for employers to improve employee health and engagement October 11, 2017
    The American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Roundtable today releases “Resilience in the Workplace,” an evidence review report with practical guidance for employers looking to implement resilience training programs.
  • Tai Chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise October 11, 2017
    Study Highlights: The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi – which can increase in pace – hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.
  • Nuevo video musical sobre los síntomas de un derrame cerebral October 10, 2017
    La American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), la organización voluntaria líder mundial en la lucha contra las enfermedades cardiovasculares y el derrame cerebral lanzará un nuevo video musical en tono de parodia para educar a la comunidad sobre los síntomas más comunes de un derrame cerebral.
  • American Heart Association disappointed in repeal of sweetened beverage tax in Cook County October 10, 2017
    CHICAGO, October 10, 2017 — The American Heart Association expressed deep disappointment with today’s vote in Cook County, Illinois, repealing the county’s sweetened beverage tax. The Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, believes commissioners were misled by false claims from the beverage industry.
  • New music video raises awareness of stroke warning signs October 10, 2017
    DALLAS, October 10, 2017 — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, is releasing a new parody music video to teach people how to recognize the most common stroke warning signs.
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