Pop quiz: The side effects of soda on your health
Is it soda or is it pop? Even though most soda doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee or some tea, this caffeinated, carbonated beverage can have serious health effects. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of sugar per day for women and 36 grams for men. AdThink you’re safe with diet soda? A study found artificially sweetened soft drinks, such as diet soda, were linked to increased risk for stroke and dementia.
Noticeable decline in heart disease awareness among women of color, study finds
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February is Black History Month as well as Heart Month, and a special report from the American Heart Association found an alarming decline in heart disease awareness among women in the U.S., including critical gaps among younger women and women of color. Heather Thorpe, a nurse practitioner at Ascension St. Vincent’s and volunteer with the American Heart Association, said cardiovascular disease claims the lives of one in every three women. “Unfortunately, we have noticed that Hispanic women have had the most decline (in cardiovascular disease awareness) followed by African-American women and women in the age group 25 to 34,” Thorpe said. “All of these symptoms are signs of a heart attack,” Thorpe said. AdFor more important information from the study and what the AHA is doing to raise awareness, watch the video at the top of this article.
What you need to know about high blood pressure and pregnancy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We are just over halfway through American Heart Month, which raises awareness for heart disease as the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S.A recent study from the American Heart Association found that high blood pressure complications in U.S. pregnancies have nearly doubled. Dr. Sabrina Phillips, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and volunteer with the American Heart Association, said the statistics are heartbreaking because high blood pressure can predict complications during pregnancy and also heart disease problems down the road as you age. That you make sure you get your blood pressure taken,” Phillips said. She said part of the battle for the AHA is getting resources to communities of need.
Debunking myths about heart disease on National Wear Red Day
Friday is National Wear Red Day, the signature day of the American Heart Association to raise awareness around heart disease and women’s health. Christina Clohecy, CFO at Web.com Group and Chair of the 2021 Go Red for Women campaign for the First Coast American Heart Association, said the goal is to bring great attention to leading cause of death for Americans -- both men and women. “Each year the nation comes together to ignite a wave of red from coast to coast from landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities -- that’s the entire goal for the month of February, which the American Heart Association has dubbed Heart Month every year since 1964,” Clohecy said. “In particular, they put a special emphasis on women’s health since heart disease is often believed to be strictly a man’s disease. She said another misconception is that only the elderly should be concerned about heart disease.
Simple diet changes that can lower your blood pressure
About 108 million Americans struggle with high blood pressure. Estimates show at least one in three Americans should be on blood pressure meds. The good news is you can lower your blood pressure with some simple diet changes. Salmon and flaxseed contain omega-threes which have been shown to lessen inflammation and lower blood pressure. Just remember not having high blood pressure can lead to overall better health.
How pets support mental health
How pets support mental healthPublished: June 2, 2020, 8:55 amWith social interactions limited right now, the bond between humans and their pets, and the emotional and mental benefits that come with it, can be a powerful partner in keeping you healthy. The American Heart Association says pets can do more than reduce work-related stress.
Study: Healthy vending machine options can bring in more money
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The American Heart Association is pushing for healthier vending machine options in all city-owned buildings in Jacksonville. The nonprofit said the hurdle it faces is the perception sales will decrease with more healthy options. To assess the impact, the American Heart Association teamed up with Brooks Rehabilitation and the University of North Florida to conduct a study on healthy vending options and revenue. Following the study, Brooks Rehabilitation chose to add healthier options to its vending machines at several of its locations. Researchers hope the results of this study will encourage more vendors, government buildings, hospitals and universities to incorporate more healthy options in their vending machines.
Owning dog tied to lowering risk of dying early by 24%
"Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality," said Kramer, an assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Toronto. The meta-analysis found an even bigger benefit for people who had already had a heart attack or stroke. Heart attack survivors living alone who owned dogs had a 33% lower risk of death compared to people who did not own a dog. That's especially important after a major illness, such as a heart attack or stroke. And I think that maybe dog ownership is part of that."
Former 'Bachelorette' DeAnna Stagliano on Hannah Brown Finding Love After the Show
DeAnna Stagliano knows Hannah Brown will still get her happily ever after. The former Bachelorette, who ended her 2008 season engaged to Jesse Csincsak but split with him months later, shared her thoughts on Hannah ending her season a single woman. "I don't think Hannah needs my advice whatsoever. "As long as she stays true to who she is and what she wants, I think she'll do really, really great," she added. Soon after her run as Bachelorette, DeAnna met her now-husband, Stephen Stagliano, whose brother, Michael, appeared on Jillian Harris' season of the ABC dating show.
Dean Cain Says He and Teri Hatcher Are Talking About a 'Lois & Clark' Revival
Actor Dean Cain, who played the Man of Steel for four seasons on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman alongside Teri Hatcher, is open to reprising his role. The show ended with Lois and Clark mysteriously being gifted with an unknown baby. "I've already started writing little bits and pieces down, so we'll see if I can convince someone to make six, 10, 12 episodes." Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesAs for Cain's co-star, Hatcher, what's her take on all of this? I just don't know if we agree on what should be happening, which is perfect for Lois and Clark," Cain admits.
First Coast Heart Walk breaks record to help prevent No 1 killer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This year's American Heart Association's annual First Coast Heart Walk at Metropolitan Park was a record-breaker, raising more than $2.1 million for research, education and prevention in the fight against heart disease and stroke. News4Jax was a proud sponsor of the 2019 First Coast Heart Walk, with anchor Melanie Lawson serving as emcee. SEE PHOTO GALLERY OF HEART WALKHeart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, about 610,000 people die of cardiovascular disease. The Heart Walk fundraiser goes toward research to deliver lifesaving medical solutions.
American Heart Association hosts record breaking First Coast Heart Walk
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The American Heart Association's annual First Coast Heart Walk takes place Saturday at Metropolitan Park, and is expected to have record-breaking attendance. The event is aimed at providing awareness about preventable cardiovascular disease to the Jacksonville community. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, about 610,000 people die of cardiovascular disease, that's one in every four patients. The Heart Walk fundraiser goes towards research to deliver life-saving medical solutions.
Broken heart syndrome and cancer are connected, scientists say
New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says broken heart syndrome may be linked to cancer. Broken heart syndrome is a real thing, though it's also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. And now, new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says broken heart syndrome may be linked to cancer. The study, published on Wednesday, found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also developed cancer -- and they were more likely to die within five years after their diagnosis, compared to those without broken heart syndrome. For people who have either cancer or broken heart syndrome, this isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.