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Childhood stroke deaths drop, but still higher among blacks
08 Feb 02 | Stroke deaths for children have declined sharply, but black children have higher stroke death rates than other youngsters, according to research presented today at the American Stroke Association's 27th annual meeting. Known risk factors for ...

Stroke teams double access to fast care without higher costs
07 Feb 02 | Twice as many acute stroke patients receive effective medication when dedicated "stroke teams" are available in hospital emergency rooms, according to research presented today at the American Stroke Association's 27th International Stroke ...

Backpack-sized ultrasound device detects neck artery blockages
07 Feb 02 | A low-cost portable device detected blockages in carotid (neck) arteries in less than half the time required for a standard laboratory ultrasound, according to research presented today at the American Stroke Association's 27th International Stroke...

American Heart Association applauds Senate for completing double-play of life-saving measures
07 Feb 02 | The American Heart Association applauded the Senate today for taking a huge leap toward improving survival rates for sudden cardiac death and stroke, two of the nation's leading killers. By unanimous vote, the Senate passed two pieces of ...

American Heart Association applauds President's commitment to double NIH funding in budget proposal
06 Feb 02 | "Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the nation's leading cause of death, killing almost as many Americans than the next seven leading causes of death combined. All told, nearly 62 million Americans have one or more types ...

Low-dose combo no better than aspirin alone in secondary prevention
05 Feb 02 | Giving heart attack patients a combined low dose of the anticoagulant drug warfarin with low-dose aspirin does not prevent second heart attacks or strokes better than aspirin alone, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the ...

CRP provides another reason to lose weight and gain heart health
05 Feb 02 | "Based on these previous studies, we hypothesized that a reduction in fat tissue mass would lower plasma CRP levels in obese women." "During the weight-loss protocol, total body fat loss was a better predictor of plasma CRP changes than abdominal ...

Trunk fat causes heavy load for boys
04 Feb 02 | This study included 442 girls (145 African American, 161 Asian and 136 Caucasian) and 478 boys (128 African American, 184 Asian, and 166 Caucasian). Significant race differences in systolic blood pressure were found between African American, and ...

Small babies who gain weight too fast have higher BP as adults
04 Feb 02 | "Catch-up" growth is a common growth pattern in low birth weight babies, who often show an accelerated growth rate and weight gain during infancy and early childhood. The researchers found that greater weight gain between ages one and five were ...

American Heart Month Proclamation
02 Feb 02 | President George W. Bush proclaimed February as American Heart Month and paid tribute to the researchers, physicians, other public health education professionals as well as volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating, and ...

Flu shot may help prevent stroke
01 Feb 02 | The flu vaccine may offer significant protection against stroke, especially for people age 75 or younger, French researchers report in the February issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers found that 59.4 percent...

Stroke risk linked to calcium in the heart's arteries
01 Feb 02 | In the first study of its kind, researchers show an association between calcium in the coronary arteries and stroke, according to a report in the February issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Coronary calcification is ...

Zapping the heart can eliminate source of irregular heart beat
29 Jan 02 | In atrial fibrillation (AF) the two upper chambers of the heart, the atria, beat erratically, causing blood to pool inside the chamber and become stagnant. The treatment, called radio frequency ablation, was less effective for those with ...

Mutant gene causes deadly heart enlargement
29 Jan 02 | Scientists have unraveled how a defective gene can cause dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that leads to heart failure, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In this case, the mutant gene caused...

American Heart Association announces its legislative priorities for the second session of the 107th Congress
28 Jan 02 | - Appropriation of $60 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Cardiovascular Health State Program and the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. Currently, only six states receive comprehensive funding under ...

American Heart Association applauds state legislatures for supporting initiatives to reduce heart disease and stroke
25 Jan 02 | State legislators have named significant health issues supported by the American Heart Association as high-priority concerns for 2002, according to a survey by the Health Policy Tracking Service of the National Conference of State Legislatures (...

Gene defect explains why some hearts are too big
22 Jan 02 | An enlarged heart, also called left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), can lead to congestive heart failure, a condition that affects about 4.8 million Americans. Research in animals with LVH found that a gene called peroxisome proliferator activated...

MR angiography can see heart bypass grafts, look for blockage
22 Jan 02 | High-resolution magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) may offer a risk-free way to identify narrowed vein grafts after bypass surgery, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. When blocked arteries ...

Abdominal flab increases artery damage: can be reversed by weight loss
15 Jan 02 | This is the first study to prospectively investigate the effect of weight loss on circulating levels of cytokines in obese women without heart disease and with different degree of abdominal fat, he says. The study, which included 56 healthy ...

Scanning carotid artery with MRI may help predict stroke risk
15 Jan 02 | Yuan says the new technique, which uses high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), helps identify unstable plaque in patients with atherosclerosis - a disease that narrows arteries and increases the risk for stroke. They found subtle ...

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