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Mountain climber embraces second chance after heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Paul Arinaga had been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. So when he went to renew his mountaineering club membership a few years ago near his home in Brussels, Belgium, he expected his doctor would be quick to sign the required medical certificate.

But during the […]

Swimmer’s heart stops in pool and entire school trains in CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Anyone who’s been watching the Olympic swimming events and wondering why lifeguards surround a pool filled with so many expert swimmers should talk to Ashley Dumais.

The young swimmer was at a high school swim meet in January when her heart stopped in the middle of […]

Sitting too much may raise heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The old adage “move it or lose it” doesn’t only apply to couch potatoes. Even people who exercise regularly could be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke if they spend lots of time sitting, according to a science advisory from the American Heart […]

Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen isn’t afraid to talk about his heart condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen vividly recalls the day his heart went “out of whack.”

Five years ago, the then-23-year-old pitcher was working out with teammates before a game that evening against the Colorado Rockies.

“I was doing sprinting and other conditioning, where your heart rate […]

Teen’s heart stops in New York City train station

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Three years before musician and actress Ilisa Juried appeared on The CW’s reality show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, her heart stopped in New York City’s Grand Central Station.

The then-18-year-old was sightseeing with her mom when they saw a group of hip-hop dancers performing at the […]

New procedure allows doctors to navigate delicate brain tissue to treat bleeding strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Any stroke can leave a devastating wake of damage in the brain, harming a person’s ability to move and talk and think. But hemorrhagic strokes — the less-common type caused by bleeding in the brain — have been the most frustrating because treatment options are […]

Statement issued to guide policy decisions for palliative care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Palliative care is “central” and should be integrated into the treatment of patients with heart disease and stroke, says a new policy statement from the American Heart Association.

Among the nearly 30 recommendations was a call for care teams to work with patients and families at […]

New FDA tobacco regulations take effect

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Starting Monday, new rules take effect that extend the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco.

FDA issued the new regulations in May after nearly two years of deliberation.

Under the new rules, manufacturers, importers and distributors […]

17 million steps later, Minnesota man is on the road to good health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It wasn’t until a coworker suffered a devastating stroke that Tracy McKibben took a long, hard look at the stressful, sedentary lifestyle he was leading as an IT database administrator in a Minneapolis suburb.

“I’m 5-foot-8 and at the time I weighed 198 pounds,” McKibben recalls, […]

Higher BMI increases diabetes risk but not heart attacks, twin study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being overweight is less likely to cause a heart attack or kill you than it is to increase your risk of diabetes, according to a new study of identical twins.

Researchers used a nationwide Swedish twin registry to find twin pairs with identical DNA but different […]