The scientific teams that will lead a new American Heart Association-funded research network charged with unlocking some of the mysteries behind vascular disease have been selected.
Neighborhood-level socioeconomic factors may significantly predict heart failure risk beyond individual cardiovascular risk factors, individual income and education level. Researchers found that almost 5 percent of the increased heart failure risk in “deprived” areas was attributable to neighborhood factors. Improvements in community resources such as exercise facilities, healthy food outlets and medical facilities could benefit residents.
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on a proposed rule released late last week by the U.S. Department of Labor that would expand the use of association health plans (AHPs).
Study Highlights: Two years of exercise training during middle age may reduce or reverse the cardiac consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Two years of exercise training may be an effective lifestyle modification for rejuvenating aging hearts and reducing the risk of heart failure.
Study Highlights: A risk score based on multiple genetic differences, or polygenic test, predicted significantly more cases of early heart disease than standard tests for single genetic defects. The polygenic test predicted a high risk for early-onset heart disease in 1 out of 53 individuals, compared to 1 in 256 for the most frequent single genetic defect.