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Pokémon Go brings video games outside

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming.

The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the […]

CycleNation to offer biking options to improve heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Newly created CycleNation is offering different events across the nation to encourage people to get off their sofas and on to their bicycles.

CycleNation, sponsored by Amgen Cardiovascular and CycleBar, encourages people to use road bikes, stationary bikes and community indoor cycling classes to get brain […]

National Physical Activity Plan aims to get Americans moving again

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of health groups known as the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance on Wednesday released a roadmap of actions to support and encourage regular physical activity among all Americans.

“A century ago it was infectious diseases that were killing us,” said Tennessee […]

Irregular heartbeat may affect physical performance in older adults

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An irregular heartbeat can affect more than your heart.

Atrial fibrillation — the most common type of irregular heartbeat — also accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia […]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Irregular heartbeat may affect physical performance in older adults

A few minutes of activity may cut blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes

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Just a few minutes of light activity for people who sit most of the day – a short stroll or some squats at your desk every thirty minutes – can lower blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at the […]

November 9th, 2015|Categories: Health, Scientific Sessions 2015|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A few minutes of activity may cut blood pressure for people with Type 2 diabetes

Taking public transportation instead of driving associated with better health

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Riding the bus or train to work is associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

While it’s already established that a physically active lifestyle helps reduce the likelihood […]

November 8th, 2015|Categories: Health, Scientific Sessions 2015|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Taking public transportation instead of driving associated with better health

Moving to a walking neighborhood is good for your blood pressure

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People who moved from a neighborhood that required a vehicle to run errands to one where walking errands were convenient were significantly less likely to have high blood pressure than people who moved from one low-walkability neighborhood to another low-walkability neighborhood, according to research presented […]

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Physical activity: More is better for heart failure prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doubling or quadrupling the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity lowered the risk of developing heart failure by 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“Walking 30 minutes a day as recommended in the U.S. […]

Twenty percent of U.S. adults aren’t active enough

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

About 20 percent of all U.S. adults don’t get enough physical activity and are eligible for behavior counseling to prevent heart disease and stroke, according to a report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In August 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task […]

September 25th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |Comments Off on Twenty percent of U.S. adults aren’t active enough

Physically active middle-aged adults have low risk of sudden cardiac arrest

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Sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities is relatively low among physically active middle-aged adults, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function and usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart that stops […]