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Medicare to cover simpler, less costly treatment for peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The long-awaited decision means other insurers will likely follow suit.

Medicare will cover the therapy for […]

Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001.

Programs that track quality of […]

Health groups say CBO report shows healthcare bill puts patients last

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A group of patient and consumer groups urged the Senate on Thursday to scrap the House-passed bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

“[The Congressional Budget Office’s] new score of the [American Health Care Act] should seal its fate as a flawed bill that needs to […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven times […]

Simulation event tracks time it takes for stroke treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the stroke code is called into his station, Fire Chief Quinten Randolph will be watching to make sure his crew gets their part just right. Randolph knows firsthand the importance of a stroke-ready system – it saved his own life two years ago.

While sure […]

Study sounds the snooze alarm for people with metabolic syndrome

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Getting enough sleep may be a life or death matter for people with a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors.

In a new study from Penn State University, people with the multiple heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome were more […]

President’s budget devastating to medical research and disease prevention, AHA says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

A $7.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, as well as many other decreases would cause a “devastating blow” to medical research and leave promising work undone or put on hold, American Heart Association’s president said Tuesday about President Trump’s proposed fiscal budget.

AHA […]

Kansas man has new appreciation for EMS, bystander CPR after cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted.

“When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stellwagon […]

Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows.

It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected.

“We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, M.D., senior […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became […]