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Blood clots in lung bigger factor in serious fainting spells than previously realized

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Like a scene from the movies, a fainting spell can be brought on by sudden emotional distress. Sometimes, severe dehydration or standing still […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high blood […]

AHA president concerned by new blood pressure treatment guideline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new guideline published Monday recommends less-aggressive blood pressure treatment for many people, guidance the American Heart Association’s president said could actually increase their risk for major health problems.

The guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, published in […]

Federal funding for nation’s No. 1 killer fails to keep pace

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A year after receiving its biggest boost in federal funding in more than a decade, the National Institutes of Health once again came out a winner in late 2016, receiving an increase of nearly $5 billion in funding over the next decade.

But funding for cardiovascular disease […]

In a book, two friends turn the page on heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harry Zuckerman didn’t cry when he was born 17 years ago in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Doctors immediately suspected something might be wrong.

Within days, Harry was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that changes the flow of blood through the heart. It occurs […]

Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors have historically advised against pregnancy in women with complex heart defects. But pregnancy may be possible for some of them, according to new guidance based on emerging data.

The American Heart Association published the new advice Thursday in its journal Circulation.

Pregnancy is a serious decision […]

Clemson’s Swinney wins AHA’s Bryant Award as college football coach of the year – again

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — In addition to winning his first college football national championship, coach Dabo Swinney of Clemson picked up another honor this week by becoming the first back-to-back winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award presented by the American Heart Association.

Swinney is […]

More heart attacks follow Hurricane Katrina, other natural disasters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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In the months after Hurricane Katrina, a group of young cardiologists in New Orleans had a hunch.

They seemed to be getting more heart attack patients in the emergency department at Tulane Medical Center than before the hurricane devastated the city in August 2005. […]

AHA to crown top college football coach Wednesday night

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Fresh off a thrilling college football national championship game, coaches Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Nick Saban of Alabama are among the finalists for 31st annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award presented by the American Heart Association.

Swinney’s squad pulled off a late rally […]

Study uncovers more kidney failure decades after children’s heart transplants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who had heart transplants as children have an increasing risk of kidney failure over time, researchers found when they connected databases that separately tracked the two conditions in thousands of people.

The study findings showed kidney failure was more extensive than previously thought, said Swati […]

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