American Heart Association

Moderate Drinking May Damage Aging Hearts

According to a new study, despite the positive effects on cardiovascular systems of moderate alcohol consumption, seniors with aging hearts who consume two or more drinks a day may be doing some damage to their hearts.
Catherine Coleman Expedition 26

Valentine’s Day In Space—A Promise to Better Heart Health

When better than Valentine’s Day to discuss matters of the heart? As February happens to be American Heart Month, dedicated to heart health and the physical fitness of everyone around the world, it seems that NASA and astronauts aboard the International Space Station are taking the promise of heart health to new heights. A new year, a new crew, and a new attitude has come aboard the International Space Station, and this time they’re vowing to keep their hearts just as healthy as their minds and our thirst for knowledge in space exploration.
Sugary foods linked to high blood pressure

Sugar May Be Worse for Blood Pressure Than Salt

Both sugar and salt have gotten bad publicity over the years as far as healthy diet is concerned. Sugary food consumption has been linked to diabetes and obesity, while excessive intake of salt and salty foods has been associated with cardiovascular illnesses, particularly high blood pressure. However, a recent study puts sugar in a worse light as it claims that sugar may increase blood pressure more than salt does.
Aspirin may have more harmful effects for mid-age women

Researchers Find Aspirin May Cause Stomach Bleeding In Women

However, a recent study found that regular dosage of aspirin could actually do more harm than good, especially amongst middle-aged women. The study investigated 30,000 women over the age of 45 years old, and participants were randomly assigned to take either 100 mg of aspirin or placebos every other day, to determine whether it lowered their risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The result showed that those taking aspirin were at a significantly higher risk of suffering from stomach bleeding, while the protective effect of aspirin was found to be marginal.
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