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AHA Scientific Sessions 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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 - Statins

Only 1 in 8 people who suffer a heart attack at age 50 or younger are on preventative statin therapy prior to their event, a new study reported. And what is even more concerning, according to researchers, is most of the untreated individuals weren’t eligible for statins based on guidelines.

 - Smoker

The alternative smoking trend that’s taking over international markets might be more dangerous than tobacco companies are letting on—heat-not-burn tobacco’s negative impact on blood vessel function matches the damage done by smoking regular cigarettes, the American Heart Association reported at its Scientific Sessions 2017.

Introducing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) into chicken feed could provide a health benefit to humans at the top of the food chain, according to research presented Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions.

 - Pregnancy3

As a specialist in women’s heart health, Malissa J. Wood, MD, was already well aware of the cardiovascular risks associated with pregnancy. Even so, she found a deeper dive into the topic “incredibly distressing” as she prepared for her presentation titled “Pregnancy-Associated Myocardial Infarction” at the 2017 American Heart Association’s scientific sessions.

 - Daniel Allar column mug

Two presentations at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Anaheim, California, highlighted ways in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the healthcare experience for patients—one good, one not so good.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are joining forces to reduce the cost of drug discovery and the time it takes a new drug to enter the marketplace.

 - scale

The more traumatic events a woman experiences during her lifetime, the more likely she is to become obese, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions this week.

 - smog

Cardiac patients whose blood type is A, B or AB are at increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI) in highly polluted environments, according to research out of two Utah medical centers.

 - Kardia Mobile

From pocket-sized electrocardiograms to watches that measure blood glucose levels, the field of medical technology is rapidly evolving. But these innovations, though oftentimes successful, aren’t necessarily living up to what scientists want them to be, according to presenters at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.

 - Piggy Bank

More than three-fourths of patients without health insurance who were hospitalized for heart attack, stroke or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery incurred catastrophic healthcare expenses before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to research presented Nov. 13 and 14 at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Anaheim, California.