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 - United States

Cardiovascular deaths are up 2 percent from 2015 and have been identified as one of the fastest-growing health problems in the U.S., the United Health Foundation (UHF) reported this week in its 28th annual ranking report.

 - Heart Rate

A 32-year-old diagnosed with a heart tumor the size of a tennis ball has had the growth removed after years of untreated chest pain, according to CBS New York.

 - medical scale

Cardiovascular disease’s “obesity paradox”—the idea that being dangerously overweight can improve end-of-life survival in heart patients—was recently debunked by a team of researchers in New York and Michigan, finding the claim to be untrue for those with incident heart disease.

 - flu vaccine

The U.S. flu season could be uncharacteristically harsh this winter, NPR reported this month—and that could have serious consequences for heart patients.

 - food

A secondary analysis of the decades-old DASH-Sodium trial found the popular DASH diet, combined with a reduced sodium intake, successfully lowered systolic blood pressure in a hypertension-prone population, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 - road street

Heart patients could be at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease and hypertension if they live near a busy road, Duke University researchers reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology this week.

 - christmas tree

Holiday stereotypes are around for a reason—people look forward to a time of year dedicated to gift exchanges, hot cocoa and family vacations. But for the American Heart Association (AHA), the holidays have an additional label: peak heart attack season.


Women who test positive for HIV are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease but are less likely to be prescribed statins to control that risk, according to a study published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs this week.

 - Kidneys contrast

Elevated levels of UACR in type 2 diabetes patients at high cardiovascular risk are linked to increased risks for all-cause death and adverse cardiovascular outcomes, researchers reported this week in JAMA Cardiology.

 - High blood pressure, hypertension

Blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg has been associated with improved outcomes in hypertensive patients who previously suffered a stroke, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.