Going red for women and heart health, raising awareness
Going red for women and heart health, raising awareness February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Cardiologist and CBS News Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Tara Narula talks about the risk factors, warning signs, and preventative care for women's heart health during the coronavirus pandemic.cbsnews.com
How you can raise awareness for cardiovascular disease
Wearing red is just the start in the battle against saving lives from cardiovascular disease. According to AHA, 80% of cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke and heart disease, is preventable. While Go Red for Women Day puts a spotlight on the ladies, men are also very much impacted by cardiovascular disease. There are some risk factors you can’t control, like family history of heart disease, age and gender. Click here to check out an online tool to show how prevalent heart disease and stroke is in your community.
Roanoke’s virtual heart walk raises more than $200,000 for health research
ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke’s annual walk to benefit the American Heart Association could not happen as normal this year due to COVID-19, but people still supported the cause from a distance. The city’s virtual heart walk, in which small groups walked their own courses at their own pace, took place Saturday morning. “It’s great seeing how so many people from so many walks of life come together for the same purpose,” said Jim Lull, who chaired Roanoke’s heart walk committee this year. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 650,000 Americans die of heart disease every year.
Lynchburg holds virtual Heart Walk to raise awareness about heart attacks
LYNCHBURG, Va. In the midst of a pandemic, the mission to raise awareness about heart attacks has not changed for Lynchburgs American Heart Association. More than 300 people took to social media Thursday to be a part of the organizations virtual Heart Walk. The event originally planned for April was canceled because of the coronavirus. Organizers said people posted pictures of themselves with their dogs taking a stroll through their neighborhood or local trails. The goal is to raise $125,000 for the Lynchburg area to help with research.
"Your health is your most important asset": Cardiologist discusses heart health on "CBS This Morning" podcast
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health and how to prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's important for women to recognize that your health is your most important asset," Northwell Health cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Mieres, one of the leading experts and patient advocates in the field of cardiovascular disease in women, said on the "CBS This Morning" podcast. I know the American Heart Association is expanding its campaign to be faith-based to have the cultural aspects introduced." Listen to Mieres' full conversation with Narula on the "CBS This Morning" podcast for more ways to prevent heart disease and how to feel empowered advocating for your health care.cbsnews.com
American Heart Association to honor Roanoke man battling heart defect, helping others
ROANOKE, Va. - A Roanoke man is preparing to be honored at the American Heart Association's 26th annual Heart Walk in Roanoke this weekend. Ben Higgins was born with a congenital heart defect that's led to a valve replacement and the removal of 5 inches of his aorta. Higgins, the Heart Walk red cap survivor spokesperson, said he's able to live a normal life, which he's dedicated to helping others at friendship rehab and organizations that he credits with saving his life. You can support people like Higgins at the Heart Walk Saturday morning. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
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."
Health organizations respond to Gov. Ralph Northam's comments on e-cigarettes
Ralph Northam announced that he is considering a ban on e-cigarettes -- and health organizations across the commonwealth are urging him to take action. The groups are calling for Northam to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes. They're also urging him to levy a $1.80 comparable tax on all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. "The youth e-cigarette epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency that must be urgently confronted," the statement reads. "Most kids initiate tobacco use with flavored tobacco products, making the removal of flavored e-cigarettes a critical step in addressing the epidemic and preventing tobacco use," the statement continues.
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.
How does food get a heart-check mark?
The American Heart Association created the heart-check mark as a means to certify foods and extend a stamp of approval to healthier choices on the grocery store shelves. Products with the mark must pass the group's criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol. In order to receive AHA certification, a food manufacturer must supply the dietary and nutrition information for the product. The heart-check mark is an indicator of very specific components in the foods that apply for certification. Remember, the mark does not take into account any heart unhealthy components that may be present in the products.
Drugs that worsen heart failure; what's behind Mary Todd Lincoln's depression
In today's Morning Rounds, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and Dr. Tara Narula weigh in on a new warning by the American Heart Association that many commonly used medications could cause or worsen heart failure. Also, Dr. LaPook reports on a new study that examines how a physical cause may have driven former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln's mental struggles and erratic behaviors.cbsnews.com
Women’s heart disease symptoms often overlooked, study shows
New research shines a light on the gender gap in heart care. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, affecting more than six million women every year. Recent studies from the American Heart Association show how women’s symptoms are often overlooked or misunderstood. Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and national spokesperson for the American Heart Association, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the findings.cbsnews.com
American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes
American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes The AHA is calling for electronic cigarettes to be "strongly regulated, thoroughly researched, and closely monitored." Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the details.cbsnews.com
The American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes
The American Heart Association calls for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes The association says electronic cigarettes should be subject to all the laws that apply to cigarettes and cigars. Also, new research suggests anti-depressants could help treat brain cancer in children. Alison Harmelin has the day's top health stories.cbsnews.com