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Common food additive may increase blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating foods with too much phosphate, a common food and beverage additive, increased blood pressure in rats, particularly during exercise, a recent study showed.

It’s a finding that if confirmed would support the Food and Drug Administration including the amount of added phosphate on food labels, […]

Organizations crowdsource patients and researchers to ease treatment dilemmas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Existing research doesn’t always reveal a clear choice for cardiovascular disease and stroke patients and their caregivers, especially for understudied groups of people.

To help, the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute issued a crowdsourcing challenge in May to learn more from patients. […]

St. Louis restaurant honors sons lost to congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A shared loss cemented a friendship and began a business partnership for Mark Hinkle and Greg Ortyl, the owners of St. Louis-area Olive + Oak. The restaurant pays tribute to their late sons, Oliver and Oakes, and raises awareness and funds for congenital heart defects.

Hinkle […]

Mouth-to-snout CPR prepares people to save pets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Animal lovers are finding there’s another way to pamper their pets: learn pet CPR.

Researchers have translated human resuscitation guidelines and training for pet owners, preparing them to use CPR to save their furriest family members.

Veterinarian Daniel J. Fletcher, Ph.D., D.V.M., led the development of the […]

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health.

Many are overweight or obese. Others […]

AHA a top workplace for baby boomers, millennials

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association is among the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials and the 20 Best Workplaces for Baby Boomers, according to Fortune rankings released Tuesday.

The awards “demonstrate once again that the AHA is a welcoming place where we are all committed not only to […]

New measures could improve atrial fibrillation treatment, lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New treatment performance and quality measures released Monday will be used to assess quality of care and identify areas for improvement for patients with atrial fibrillation.

As many as 6.1 million Americans were living with atrial fibrillation in 2010. Also known as AFib, the condition involves […]

Discovery of new heart enzyme could lead to future heart failure treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers have identified a new enzyme that could improve heart contractions and contribute to future heart failure treatments, according to an international study published this week.

A “motor protein” called myosin enhances heart contraction through constant attachment of phosphate molecules to it, Dr. Audrey Chang, the […]

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Heart Disease, Heart Failure||0 Comments

Love of college hoops benefits women’s heart disease awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A grassroots program that uses “bracket-ology” during March Madness to increase awareness of women’s heart disease has raised $10,000 total since it began in 2010, according to organizers.

Jeff Logan created Pat’s Picks to honor his mother, Pat, who was an avid basketball fan. For years, […]

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Heart Disease, Women||1 Comment

CPR trainer saved by CPR at American Heart Association office

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A woman suffered a cardiac arrest while attending a meeting about CPR training at an American Heart Association office, where she was revived thanks to CPR and quick-acting emergency responders.

The Kentucky woman had traveled to the emergency cardiovascular care volunteer meeting in Charleston, West Virginia, on Monday […]