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Post-coronary artery bypass infections may be linked to severe obesity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Severely obese coronary artery bypass patients are three times more likely to develop an infection shortly after surgery and stay in the hospital longer, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Coronary artery bypass surgery redirects blood flow to the heart around […]

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Health, Obesity, Patients, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Post-coronary artery bypass infections may be linked to severe obesity

Weight loss surgery boosts ‘good’ cholesterol in obese teen boys

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Weight loss surgery did more than help severely obese teen boys drop a few pounds.

In preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions, weight loss surgery also increased their “good” cholesterol […]

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Children, Cholesterol, Health, Obesity, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Weight loss surgery boosts ‘good’ cholesterol in obese teen boys

Lifestyle studies underscore power of healthy habits

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

Results from four groundbreaking studies examining the impact of lifestyle modifications underscore the power of healthy habits and the importance of […]

December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Children, Healthy Living, Obesity, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lifestyle studies underscore power of healthy habits

Waist size matters in diagnosing obesity among minorities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Measuring body mass index may not be enough to diagnose obesity in some minority groups, according to a new statement published this week by the American Heart Association. The size of a person’s waist can also play a key role in making the diagnosis.

“BMI doesn’t […]

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |Comments Off on Waist size matters in diagnosing obesity among minorities

Cardiometabolic risk factors harden arteries early in Mexican-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiometabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar, appear to have a bigger effect than obesity on hardening arteries early among Mexican-Americans, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Even among non-obese Mexican-Americans, there is already a high […]

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Decline in heart health can start in childhood

Heart health, which is optimal for most at birth, can decline substantially with unhealthy childhood behaviors, according to research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

“Our findings indicate that, in general, children start with pretty good blood pressure,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., senior […]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Decline in heart health can start in childhood

Foundation bolsters commitment to fighting childhood obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, announced a $500 million commitment to help all kids achieve a healthy weight, focusing on people and places hardest hit by obesity.

About one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, according […]

February 5th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Foundation bolsters commitment to fighting childhood obesity

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Physicians should do all they can to control every other modifiable cardiovascular risk factor in patients with asthma,” said […]

Berkeley, California, passes historic sweetened-drink tax

Voters made history Tuesday in Berkeley, California, by imposing a per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages – a result welcomed by proponents as a breakthrough in the fight against America’s obesity epidemic.

San Francisco also had a measure on the ballot, but it did not pass by the […]

Trans fat and saturated fat consumption down, but not enough

Despite eating a third less trans fats and cutting down on saturated fat during the last 30 years, people are still consuming more than recommended, according to a new study.

Consumption of omega-3 fatty acid consumption also held steady, despite recommendations for higher intake.

Researchers reviewed data from more than 12,000 […]