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After flatlining and years of therapy, country music star Randy Travis is passing out hope

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

TIOGA, Texas – For a few minutes, it was the last night of country & western legend Randy Travis’ life.

Suffocating from his fluid-filled lungs and his heart failing, Travis flatlined. He was put on life support and into an induced coma. When he was brought […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem.

Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a condition […]

More than half of the biggest U.S. cities flunk review of health and well-being policies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than half of the biggest cities in the U.S. don’t have adequate policies to improve their residents’ health and well-being, according to a recent report by the CityHealth Initiative.

The two-year “gold standard” analysis was commissioned by the de Beaumont Foundation, a private organization devoted […]

Rocking the red dress to put women’s heart disease in the national spotlight

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW YORK — They smiled, laughed, danced and sang down the runway.

Unlike the traditional fashion show featuring solemn supermodels, this was a catwalk of celebration.

Actresses, musicians, talent show hosts, reality stars and survivors of cardiovascular disease walked in red dresses — and one pantsuit — […]

Yoda makes sheep history with heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At first glance, Yoda looks like a perfectly healthy 15-month-old sheep as he playfully butts his head against a visitor’s knee and dances at the sight of his daily treat – a cup of delicious, nutritious grain.

But look closer and you’ll notice the 18-inch-by-18-inch bald […]

Children work to make an ICU waiting area more child-friendly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On their first day in the ICU waiting area at the Medical City McKinney in Texas, Adyn and Adysn Schachtel paid little attention to their surroundings.

That’s because the children were more concerned about their father Andrew, a regular exercising, egg white-eating 43-year-old who’d inexplicably suffered […]

Teen e-cigarette use falls for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time, researchers are finding that significantly fewer teens are using e-cigarettes, hookahs and other popular “vaping” products.

The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks trends in substance use among 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, found […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution.

Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially […]

New alliance to develop mobile health app guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association, American Medical Association, DHX Group and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced Monday they’ve created an alliance that will develop guidelines for mobile health apps.

Known as Xcertia, the nonprofit corporation will outline principles that can help guide mobile health apps […]

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]