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Alexa can tell you the steps for CPR, warning signs of heart attack and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The voice-activated Amazon Echo device answers thousands of everyday requests, like setting a timer, playing music, ordering a pizza or changing a thermostat.

Now, this device can help save someone’s life.

Alexa, the friendly voice of the Amazon Echo, will for the first time give all three instructions for […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease.

Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as her […]

Going red to save women’s lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television news anchors, members of Congress and Americans nationwide wore red Friday to spotlight a health threat many women don’t realize: cardiovascular diseases.

Major landmarks and buildings, including Niagara Falls and Graceland, will also be lit up red from coast to coast to celebrate National Wear […]

When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart.

According to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Wednesday, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with a lower […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday.

There are several […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Michigan law requires CPR training to graduate high school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating.

“We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist Monica […]

‘Silent strokes’ found accidentally need treatment, statement says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

Brain scans for issues such as headaches, cognitive problems or dizziness have become more common in recent years. But in searching for a suspected condition, doctors are sometimes finding an unexpected one: silent strokes.

These strokes, which experts estimate affect 8 million to 11 million Americans […]

Study suggests even ‘light’ smoking can kill you

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers, even if they averaged less than one cigarette a day over their entire lifetime, were 64 percent more likely to die early than those who never smoked, according to research from the National Cancer Institute.

The risk jumped to 87 percent for those who averaged […]