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Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations.

One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart disease […]

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

Gaining even a little weight could up heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Putting on a few pounds over time may hurt the heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research.

Researchers examined heart scans and body fat measurements of more than 1,200 heart disease-free adults, and then again seven years later. They found that those […]

Bringing the heat: Hot and spicy jambalaya satisfies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the weather heats up, so can your palate with a steaming bowl of Southern comfort food.

Spicy and as sultry as a Southern day, any jambalaya is packed with flavor. But sometimes they are also filled with saturated fat, salt and too many calories.

Jambalaya doesn’t […]

Researcher at forefront of AHA’s precision medicine efforts honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Very early in life, Joseph Loscalzo saw how merciless heart disease can be.

After his grandmother suffered a series of heart attacks, there was very little doctors could do. She was hospitalized and placed on bed rest, basically surviving through her final decades. Today’s modern medical […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people.

Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox with […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]

Prevention drives volunteer leader’s efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The concept of prevention enticed David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., early in his medical career.

“When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I learned a lot about the causes of heart disease,” said Goff, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the […]

Scientists make tiny human hearts from rat hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It may soon be easier to test new heart drugs for safety and effectiveness. Scientists have created a miniature human heart by introducing human cells into the matrix of a whole rat heart. The tiny hearts could also make it easier to confirm basic science findings.

Researchers have […]