5 findings from American Heart Association's 2022 conference

Researchers across the country have presented their findings at one of American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. Here are five findings this year:

  1. ICU evaluations prior to cardiac arrests improved survival rates by 15 percent among Black patients, preliminary research found.

  2. People in large urban areas may be less likely to take prescribed medications for high blood pressure and less likely to have a primary care provider than those living in rural communities, according to an analysis of data from more than 11,000 people in the 2020 National Health Interview Survey.

  3. Marital stress, especially when severe, may impede physical and mental recovery in younger adults following a heart attack, which increases likelihood for chest pain and readmission, data from 1,593 adults ages 18 to 55 showed.

  4. People can lower their risk of dementia by keeping their blood pressure levels under control for long periods of time, according to an analysis of 8,415 people in a systolic blood pressure intervention trial.

  5. Social vulnerabilities such as living in poverty or a single-parent household, not having transportation or being described as a minority, could be linked to increased cardiometabolic risk during pregnancy, an analysis of 19 million pregnancies found.

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