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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.

 - HIVAIDSImage

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.