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American Heart Association

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  • Butter consumption in U.S. hits 40-year high

    Butter consumption in U.S. hits 40-year high
    It turns out America’s health fixation has been a boon for butter. Consumption of the creamy spread hit a 40-year high in the U.S. in 2012 as more Americans turned to natural foods and rejected products heavy in trans fats like margarine....
  • Have health-related New Year's resolutions? These resources can help

    Have health-related New Year's resolutions? These resources can help
    After Dan Williamson unexpectedly landed in the hospital a year and a half ago and underwent heart surgery, his doctor told him that if he wanted to live a healthier life, he was going to have to lose weight. So the 58-year-old chief executive of...
  • Entrepreneur program helps South L.A. students realize potential

    Entrepreneur program helps South L.A. students realize potential
    The 17-year-old high school senior lives in a neighborhood south of downtown where crime is still high, police sirens are ever-present, and fast-food joints line the block. She rarely leaves the area, never once having been to the beach with her family....
  • Coffee as medicine? Japanese scientists show how it helps the heart

    Coffee as medicine? Japanese scientists show how it helps the heart
    The next time you take a coffee break, you might want to consider a triple espresso. The extra caffeine may reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Assn.’s Scientific Sessions...
  • Q&A: What are trans fats anyway, and why are they so bad?

    Q&A: What are trans fats anyway, and why are they so bad?
    What is a trans fat, and why is it so dangerous that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants it removed from the food supply? These are just some of the questions on the minds of diners as they digestĀ  Thursday’s FDA action. Although...
  • FDA trans fat ban: Proposal makes clear no amount is safe

    FDA trans fat ban: Proposal makes clear no amount is safe
    The FDA announcement Thursday that it was moving to eliminate added trans fatĀ  from processed food means that microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, cookies and ready-to-use frostings are too much of a health risk. Yes, even that coffee...
  • A second opinion on statins

     A second opinion on statins
    According to two respected medical organizations, up to twice as many of us — nearly a third of all adults — should be taking statins to avoid heart attack and stroke. But statins, the potent cholesterol-lowering medications of which Lipitor...
  • Cardiologists cast doubt on new statin recommendations

    Cardiologists cast doubt on new statin recommendations
    Some of the nation's most influential cardiologists are challenging new recommendations that would greatly expand the number of Americans taking a statin medication to reduce their chances of a heart attack or stroke. The guidelines issued last week...
  • Risk calculator for determining statin use needs fixing, doctors say

    Risk calculator for determining statin use needs fixing, doctors say
    Less than a week after the American Heart Assn. and the nation's cardiologists issued guidelines that would greatly expand the number of Americans taking a statin medication, the guidelines have been faulted for overestimating patients' risk of heart...
  • Cardiologists recommend wider use of statin drugs

    Cardiologists recommend wider use of statin drugs
    Dramatically escalating the fight against heart attacks and strokes, the nation's cardiologists have rewritten the guidebook on how Americans should be treated with statins and unveiled a plan that could double the number of patients taking the...
  • Take statins -- or just lead a more healthy lifestyle?

    Take statins -- or just lead a more healthy lifestyle?
    Adding to Americans’ confusion about the ever-changing news from the medical world, there’s a new recommendation that would, in effect, drastically increase the number of people who take statins in an effort to reduce their risk of heart...