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 - plaque

Young, white men could be at risk for plaque buildup and future subclinical atherosclerosis if they’re extremely active, a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports.

 - scale weight

After nearly two decades of climbing obesity rates, the U.S. is reporting its highest-ever numbers.

 - HeartAttack

Icelandic researchers have uncovered two novel genetic variants of atrial fibrillation (AFib), one of which could increase the risk of developing AFib for susceptible patients.

 - American Heart Association

College student Jillian Marks was taking a photo in a mirror at her East Northport, New York, home when she lost vision in her right eye.

 - SmokePuff

A smoking trend that’s taken over Japan could soon be making its debut in the American market, possibly eclipsing the infamous e-cigarette as a more authentic alternative to traditional tobacco products.

 - pregnant

Pregnant women who struggle to get seven or more hours of sleep per night could be more prone to gestational diabetes and are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes post-birth, a new study published in Sleep Medicine Reviews reports.

 - pills

Antihypertensive treatments might be effective in lowering blood pressure, but they don’t fully reverse the damage done to blood vessels and microcirculation after years of living with hypertension, a group of scientists at Lancaster University have reported in Frontiers in Physiology.

 - scale

A large-scale study of nearly 80,000 patients suggests men develop atrial fibrillation (AFib) an average of 10 years earlier than women, according to researched from the American Heart Association.

 - CPR

Hundreds of thousands of children across the U.K. are learning CPR this week in an effort to combat the country’s “stubbornly low” rates of survival for public cardiac arrests.

 - High cholesterol/Diabetes

Diabetic patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) could see a significant reduction in risk of mortality if they participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs, Randal J. Thomas, MD, and colleagues wrote in a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.