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New cookbook portions may be too large
Home cooked food can be a great way to save cash while eating healthier, but a new study warns to double-check those recipes to see if portion sizes and calories add up to more than you’re expecting. Insomnia could up blood pressure, Foundation research finds
People who have difficulty sleeping at night may have a greater risk of high blood pressure and associated heart disease than people who get a good night’s rest, Foundation researcher Paola Lanfranchi has found. Weight maintenance linked to how the brain sees food
A recent study found that how people’s brains  respond to images of food may determine if they can successfully maintain their weight. Why aren’t more children walking or biking to school, Foundation researchers ask
In Canada, more than half of children aged 5 to 17 get to school by car or bus, a fact that could be contributing to the inactive lifestyle that is linked to rising rates of childhood obesity and early heart problems. Air pollution could boost blood pressure
A study published in the medical journal, Hypertension, has shown that blood pressure can be bumped up by the fine particulate matter found in air pollution. Young women with heart attacks fare worse than men
Although heart disease is generally thought of as an older person’s issue, increasing numbers of people under the age of 55 are having heart attacks. Mild blood sugar rise may signal heart disease in pregnancy
A temporary spike in blood sugar levels in pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Foundation researcher studies sudden cardiac arrest in First Nations people
Foundation researcher studies sudden cardiac arrest in First Nations people Hopelessness may play role in narrowing arteries
A recent study has shown that feelings of hopelessness may be linked to atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque. Foundation researcher studies how diabetes affects the heart
Nitric oxide, a chemical normally produced in small amounts in cells, has important physiological functions. However, too much of it can damage tissues. Kids’ blood pressure goes up when the TV goes on
A new study shows that children who spend more time watching TV are likely to have higher blood pressure than other kids, regardless of their body fat composition. Grapefruit compound may lower heart disease risks, Foundation research finds
A certain compound found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits may prove helpful in preventing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes through its effect on metabolic syndrome. Games could help kids choose healthier foods
The games kids play online could influence the food choices they make, a recent study from Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests. Stress about finances, jobs and relationships could cause weight gain
Mental stress might not just be unpleasant for the mind; it may also hurt weight maintenance goals. Foundation researcher examines stroke risk in new immigrants
Recent immigrants, most of whom are under 50 years of age, may be healthier than long-time residents of a country. Foundation studies extreme blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury
People with spinal cord injury often experience extremes in their blood pressure. Episodes of both very high and dangerously low blood pressures caused by damage to the spinal cord may be associated with a lack of control over blood flow in the brain. Eat well, live longer, study shows
A new study has found that if you eat healthier, you may live longer, even if you have other lifestyle risk factors. Lowering salt intake and reducing blood pressure aim of Foundation researcher
Over the last decade, Canada has become a leader in the areas of high blood pressure research, awareness, and treatment, largely as a result of the work of Calgary-based Dr. Norm Campbell, president of Blood Pressure Canada and holder of the CIHR Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control. Foundation researcher studies the fat truth about obesity
Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, type-2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Foundation researches how to limit stroke damage, reduce blood pressure
When a stroke causes bleeding into the brain, blood pressure is often very high. Clinicians might respond by either allowing the pressure to remain high or by lowering it quickly. Psoriasis linked to heart disease
A recent study from Archives of Dermatology found that the skin condition psoriasis is associated with atherosclerosis – a narrowing of the arteries that makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood to the body – which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Foundation studies internet tool to support heart failure patients
Heart failure is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in Canada. Patients continue to have difficulty taking medications properly, following diet recommendations and making lifestyle changes.  Less sleep linked to high blood pressure
Not getting enough sleep could put middle-aged adults at risk for high blood pressure that worsens over time, a recent study found. Foundation studies if hotline can cut stroke rates in Alberta
Foundation funded researcher Dr. Shelagh Coutts is aiming to cut stroke rates in Alberta with a pilot project to test a hotline for mini strokes. Daily aspirin helpful to heart patients, not healthy individuals
People who self-medicate with Aspirin™ to reduce their risk of heart disease without their doctor’s consent may be endangering their health, a study from medical journal The Lancet has shown. Home-based stroke rehab beneficial, Foundation study shows
Dramatic improvements in the ability of patients to move their arms and hands after stroke might be achieved with a simple take-home exercise book, researchers funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation have found. Healthy habits just an e-mail away
Receiving daily reminders about healthy eating and physical activity through an e-mail service could help people pick up healthier habits, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has shown. Foundation study evaluates stroke prevention after TIA
A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is a mini stroke that lasts only a few minutes to a few hours and can warn that you are at risk of a more severe stroke. People who have had a TIA are five times more likely to have a stroke over the next two years than the general population. Better cardiovascular fitness linked to reduced heart risks
Being physically fit could lower the risk of death from heart disease, a study from Japanese researchers has shown. Foundation studies whether school program can reduce healthcare costs due to obesity
Can schools that promote healthy affordable lunches and daily physical activity cut the costs of obesity-related healthcare costs? That’s the question that Heart and Stroke Foundation-funded researchers in Alberta want to answer.
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