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Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

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Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coffee shops and automated teller machines might be ideal locations for automated external defibrillators, new data suggest.

In a Toronto, Canada, study, three major chain coffee shops and ATMs at the nation’s five largest banks represented eight of the top 10 spots for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]

Clinic readings may not detect ‘masked hypertension’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Around-the-clock monitoring during daily activities revealed undetected high blood pressure among otherwise healthy adults who had normal readings in the clinic, according to new research.

“Masked hypertension” is normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office, but high readings outside of the office — the reverse of “white […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we now […]

American Heart Association statement: commonly used drugs may cause, worsen heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first American Heart Association scientific statement on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure.

The statement provides comprehensive information about drugs and “natural” remedies that may have […]

Blood test may not be effective in predicting heart transplant outcomes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A blood test that leads to donor hearts being rejected may not effectively predict whether a heart transplant will succeed or fail, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Many transplant centers routinely reject hearts if donors’ blood tests reveal […]

Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated […]

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Scientific statement: Understand the radiation risks before having heart imaging

People should understand why a heart-imaging test is needed before undergoing the procedure, including the benefits and risks involved, such as the potential long-term risk from radiation exposure, advises a new scientific statement in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“When medical imaging is being considered, patients should feel very […]

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ECGs won’t save more young people, experts say

Checking all young people with electrocardiograms or ECGs would not prevent more fatal heart problems, but routine physical exams and assessments of medical history could, a panel of heart experts said Monday.

The question of whether electrocardiograms should be mandatory for young athletes often arises after a young athlete dies […]