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Infections linked to mental decline in elderly
15 Aug 03 | Infection by several common viruses can significantly increase the risk of dementia in the elderly with cardiovascular disease, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Extended, progressive physical therapy aids stroke survivors' mobility
15 Aug 03 | Stroke survivors who received therapist-supervised, progressive therapy after completing in-hospital rehabilitation significantly improved their endurance, balance and walking ability, according to a small study reported in today's issue of Stroke.

Vitamins restore blood vessel performance in kids with high cholesterol
12 Aug 03 | Moderate doses of vitamins C and E can slow progression of atherosclerosis in children with a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol, according to research published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the AHA.

Antidepressant reduces clotting factors after heart attack
12 Aug 03 | Treating depression in heart attack or chest pain patients reduces the chance of forming dangerous blood clots that can lead to a new heart attack, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the AHA.

Eating fish may lower heart rate, reduce risk of sudden death
12 Aug 03 | In the largest study of its kind, researchers found lower average heart rates among healthy men who regularly ate fish, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Penicillin may help prevent strokes in the elderly
08 Aug 03 | Hypertension patients taking penicillin were half as likely to have a stroke as other hypertension patients, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association Saddened by Death of Dr. Peter Safar, Pioneer in Resuscitation
05 Aug 03 | The volunteers and staff of the AHA extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Peter Safar, who died Aug 3. Safar's pioneering efforts and accomplishments in emergency and critical care medicine have saved countless lives.

Tooth loss may be early warning sign of cardiovascular disease
01 Aug 03 | Tooth loss caused by gum disease may be a marker of cardiovascular disease before symptoms appear, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Atrial fibrillation hospitalizations triple since 1985, will continue climb
29 Jul 03 | A substantial increase in U.S. hospitalizations for atrial fibrillation, the most common sustained irregular heart beat, will be a "staggering burden" on public health and patients' quality of life, researchers report in today's issue of Circulation.

Cholesterol drug helps heart failure patients without high cholesterol
29 Jul 03 | People with heart failure and normal cholesterol may benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Statement on Proposed Tobacco Buyout by M. Cass Wheeler CEO, American Heart Association before the House Committee on Agriculture
24 Jul 03 | Thanks to nearly a decade of open and honest discussions, both sides gradually came to see that we all want safe, healthy and secure families goals we can reach with a fair and effective buyout program and FDA regulation of tobacco products.

Early heart disease in parents linked to thicker artery walls in offspring
22 Jul 03 | If your parents had coronary heart disease before age 60, the walls of your neck arteries are more likely to be thicker, putting you at higher risk of heart disease, too, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the Ameican Heart Association.

American Heart Association welcomes Sen. Crapo as co-chair of Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
21 Jul 03 | Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has stepped up his commitment to health promotion and disease prevention by accepting the position of Senate co-chair for the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.

Changes in deep brain tissue signal an increased risk for strokes
18 Jul 03 | Changes in the brain's white matter, a common occurrence among the elderly, increase a person's risk of having multiple strokes, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Men with 3 of 5 metabolic abnormalities risk diabetes, heart disease
15 Jul 03 | Men who have at least three metabolic abnormalities are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association comment regarding MMWR CDC's reporting of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy after they received smallpox vaccine
11 Jul 03 | In this week's MMWR the CDC reported two patients who contracted dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) three months after receiving the smallpox vaccine. Smallpox vaccinations have not been previously associated with DCM.

FDA's new nutrition labeling requirement for trans fatty acids
10 Jul 03 | The American Heart Association supports the new requirement announced by the Food and Drug Administration that will require food labels to list the amount of trans fatty acids in food products beginning on January 1, 2006.

American Heart Association applauds FDA for helping consumers make healthier diet choices
10 Jul 03 | A report released by the FDA outlines a new regulatory process for the agency to approve health claims for foods and dietary supplements and give consumers more accurate, science-based information about the health consequences of these products.

Inflammation may affect benefits of low-fat, low-cholesterol diet
08 Jul 03 | People with a high level of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation in the body, don't receive the same beneficial reductions in cholesterol while on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as those with lower levels of CRP.

Protein spots heart patients at high risk for death
08 Jul 03 | A small protein with a long name may become the latest blood biomarker to guide physicians who treat heart attack patients, according to a study in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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