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    • Cardiovascular-Related Deaths Higher for U.S. Hispanics Who Live in Counties with Higher Hispanic Populations
      Author: Fatima Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University
      Preview: Video interview with Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, the lead author of a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association about county-level Hispanic ethnic density and cardiovascular disease mortality.
    • Kim StitzelNeighborhood Life Expectancy Estimates Are a Powerful New Tool to Help Improve Community Health
      Author: Kim Stitzel, M.S., R.D., Senior Vice President, Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation
      Preview: Now we can drill down to understand how life expectancy varies neighborhood by neighborhood, thanks to an effort that calculates life expectancy at birth for nearly every U.S. census tract.
    • Christina ShayFor Rural U.S. Residents, More Is Often Less When It Comes to Health
      Getting all Americans healthy — regardless of their race/ethnicity, income, education or geography — is a lofty goal. But our attention, our resources and, most importantly, our actions are needed now more than ever. Although obesity has historically hit upper socioeconomic classes obesity harder, […]
    • Photo of Joey GrangerFour Principles to Help Control the High Cost of High Blood Pressure
      Author: Joey Granger, Ph.D., FAHA; Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor, Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Director, Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Chair, American Heart Association Council on Hypertension
      Preview: Four Principles to Help Control the High Cost of High Blood Pressure
    • Eduardo SanchezIdeal Heart Health Over Long Term Is the Best Medicine
      Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association
      Preview: A study examined long-term heart health in nearly 3,500 middle-age to older adults in the Framingham Offspring Study, part of a long-running project to monitor heart disease risk factors. [...]
    • Jean-Pierre Despres PhotoWant to Live Longer? Give Lifestyle a Chance!
      Author:Jean-Pierre Després, Ph.D., FAHA, FIAS; Professor and Scientific Director, International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk; Director of Research, Cardiology, Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Université Laval (Québec, Canada); Chair, American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
      Preview: A new study shows just how much healthy lifestyle habits are critical not only to extend your life but also to lower your chances of dying from heart disease or cancer. [...]
    • Eduardo SanchezNew Data on State-Level Disparities in Heart Disease Raise Caution, But Can Be Used For Good
      Author: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association
      Preview: New data on state-level disparities in heart disease raise caution, but can be used for good [...]
    • Wayne Rosamond photoNew Evidence Quantifies Sexual Orientation Disparities in Heart-Health Risk Factors
      Author: Wayne Rosamond, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chair, American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2018 Scientific Sessions
      Preview: Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults are less likely to have ideal cardiovascular health [...]
    • Lee Schwamm photoImproving Access to Stroke Treatment: Six Key Points the Wall Street Journal Missed
      Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., FAHA, FANA, Executive Vice Chairman, Neurology Department, and Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center and Center for TeleHealth, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School A February 6 article in the Wall Street Journal, “A Breakthrough […]
    • Laxmi Mehta photoWhere Heart Disease and Breast Cancer Intersect: Promoting Positive Outcomes For Both
      Laxmi Mehta, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Section Director of Preventative Cardiology and Women’s Cardiovascular Health, Sarah Ross Soter Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Associate Professor of Medicine, The Ohio State University; Chair, Writing Group, AHA Scientific Statement on […]
    • Eduardo SanchezPrevention Is Worth It
      Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association A better headline would have been “Preventive Care; Sometimes Good Things Cost Money.” Examples in the January 29, 2018 New York Times column, […]
    • William Powers photoIn Light of New Guidelines, Here Are Three Things Everyone Should Know About Stroke
      William J. Powers, M.D., FAHA, H. Houston Merritt Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chair, Writing Group, AHA/ASA 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke Just a few years ago, […]
    • Eduardo SanchezAdversity In Childhood and Adolescence Sets Stage for Cardiometabolic Outcomes
      Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association The phrase, “So, tell me about your childhood,” may sound cliché, but it might help us better understand cardiometabolic diseases in adults. […]
    • Eduardo SanchezSupporting the Complex Health Needs of Americans With Multiple Chronic Conditions
      Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association It is challenging enough to live with a chronic disease like hypertension, but having multiple chronic conditions is even more difficult. Yet […]
    • Elliott AntmanEquitable Access to Life-Saving Treatments is Threatened by the Cost of Drugs to Patients
      Elliott M. Antman, M.D., FAHA; Senior Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Harvard Medical School; Past President, American Heart Association As healthcare costs continue rising, escalating spending on pharmaceuticals warrants serious […]
    • John WarnerNew Hypertension Guideline Updates How We Measure and Treat High Blood Pressure
      John Warner, M.D., MBA; President, American Heart Association, 2017-18 A growing health crisis has a grip on our nation. It’s not a new epidemic or disease — it’s high blood pressure, the “silent killer.” Many more people than previously believed are at risk for this far too common condition that […]
    • Ivor BenjaminClosing the Gap in African-American Cardiovascular Health Disparities Helps Open Up Health Equity
      Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D., FAHA, FACC, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin; President-Elect, American Heart Association, 2017-18 The latest statistics paint an unsettling picture. White Americans survive an average […]
    • Eduardo SanchezCDC Weighs In With New Obesity Data; What’s Next?
      Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, American Heart Association Obesity in adults 20 and older and youth 12 to 19 is at an all-time high — nearly 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively, according to the Centers […]