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Early Statin Use May Give Long-Term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good.

Heart Stents May Require Longer Blood Thinner Use

November 18, 2014 8:37 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Millions of people with stents that prop open clogged heart arteries may need anti-clotting...

Study Lifts Cloud Over Heart Drugs Zetia, Vytorin

November 18, 2014 8:31 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A major study lifts a cloud around Zetia and Vytorin, blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol...

Controlling Blood Sugar May Not Prevent Diabetes, Study Finds

September 12, 2014 8:29 am | Videos | Comments

Research from the American Heart Association found that controlling blood sugar levels may not...

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UN Health Agency: E-Cigarettes Must Be Regulated

August 26, 2014 8:43 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.In a report to its 194 member nations, the World Health Organization also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products.

Gestational Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk for Heart Disease in Midlife

March 13, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Women who experience gestational diabetes may face an increased risk of early heart disease later in life, even if they do not develop type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome subsequent to their pregnancy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

First Guidelines Issued to Prevent Stroke in Women

February 7, 2014 8:03 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They focus on birth control, pregnancy, depression and other risk factors that women face uniquely or more frequently than men do.    

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Study Ties Nuts to Lower Cancer, Heart Death Risk

November 21, 2013 8:28 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.

Could Statin Use Double?

November 14, 2013 8:50 am | Videos | Comments

New guidelines from the US's leading heart organizations could lead to new prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs.                      

Doctors Told to Get Serious About Obesity

November 14, 2013 8:37 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation's obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds. Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.

New Advice on Kids' Cholesterol Tests

November 11, 2011 4:18 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

More children should be screened for high cholesterol before puberty, beyond those with a family history of problems, according to wide-ranging new guidelines expected from government-appointed experts who are trying to prevent heart disease later in life.  

Visually-guided laser may be viable treatment for abnormal heartbeat

May 25, 2010 12:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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World leaders focus on stroke prevention, care as Stroke journal turns 40

May 25, 2010 9:20 am | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages may lower blood pressure

May 24, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Frequent doctor visits help diabetics lower blood pressure more quickly

May 24, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Sexual activity declines for heart attack patients not getting doctors’ advice

May 21, 2010 6:20 am | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Patients in Stroke Belt satisfied with care, but many doctors lack cultural awareness

May 20, 2010 2:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Blood clot-related strokes decrease among whites, but not blacks, in long-term study

May 20, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Get With The Guidelines hospitals improving care, eliminating disparities

May 17, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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People who recognize stroke symptoms still may not call 9-1-1

May 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Whole grain, bran intake associated with lower risk of death in diabetic women

May 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Evidence growing of air pollution’s link to heart disease, death

May 10, 2010 12:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Non-cardiac surgery too soon after stenting raises risk of heart problems

May 4, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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By 2030, cardiovascular disease and death rates in China will surge

May 4, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Most Americans unaware of hospitals specializing in stroke

May 3, 2010 3:20 am | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in U.S.

Long-term anabolic steroid use may weaken heart more than previously thought

April 27, 2010 12:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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The National Salt Reduction Initiative: steps in the right direction says the American Heart Association

April 26, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Many patients don’t know they had minor stroke, need emergency care

April 21, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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Diet high in B-vitamins lowers heart risks in Japanese study

April 21, 2010 1:20 pm | by The American Heart Association | News | Comments

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