Heart Disease http://wesa.fm en Legislation Would Require PA Newborns Be Tested For Heart Defects http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-would-require-pa-newborns-be-tested-heart-defects <p>Every year 40,000 babies are born in the U.S. with congenital heart defects, and parents might not be aware of their infant’s condition.&nbsp;</p><p>Pennsylvania law requires hospitals and birthing centers to test newborns for six genetic disorders, including maple syrup urine disease and Sickle Cell Disease, as well as 23 other disorders.</p><p>The state Legislature is getting ready to add one more to the list — congenital heart defect — which according to the March of Dimes, claims thousands of lives annually before the child is a year old.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31146 at http://wesa.fm National Wear Red Day to Raise Awareness for Women's Heart Health http://wesa.fm/post/national-wear-red-day-raise-awareness-womens-heart-health <p>Heart disease kills one woman every minute in the U.S., making it the number one killer of women in the nation.</p><p>That’s why the American Heart Association is asking everyone to take part in National Wear Red Day Friday to raise awareness for the 43 million women affected by heart disease.</p><p>Karen Colbert, a spokeswoman with the American Heart Association, said heart disease isn’t gender specific.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 24008 at http://wesa.fm Hypertension High Among Allegheny County African Americans, But It's Treatable http://wesa.fm/post/hypertension-high-among-allegheny-county-african-americans-its-treatable <p>Hypertension, known as the “Silent Killer,” is more prevalent in Allegheny County African Americans than any other group. Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension has taken the lives of over 50,000 people in the last year.</p><p>Dr. Indu Poornima is a cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital and conducts research with high blood pressure patients in Allegheny County. She says the increased prevalence of obesity and stressors, along with access to health care and genetic predispositions, are all possible factors that cause hypertension. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:29:03 +0000 Katie Blackley 15099 at http://wesa.fm Hypertension High Among Allegheny County African Americans, But It's Treatable Take a Walk to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke http://wesa.fm/post/take-walk-reduce-risk-heart-disease-stroke <p>Wednesday is National Walking Day, and organizers in Pittsburgh are hoping to get people in the good habit of taking a daily constitutional as warmer spring weather begins in the region.</p><p>Sandy McCurdy, board member of the American Heart Association, said walking is the easiest way to reduce one's risk for heart disease and stroke — two diseases that account for a combined 870,000 deaths in the United States each year.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Noah Brode & Deanna Garcia 7065 at http://wesa.fm