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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 […]

App can detect irregular heartbeat by looking at your face

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers in Hong Kong have successfully used an iPhone camera and smartphone app to identify people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Users simply align their face with a red circle on the phone screen, and the app, called Cardiio Rhythm, calculates a […]

New heart pump works better than older model

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A next-generation heart pump outperformed an older version in advanced heart failure patients, early results from a new study found.

The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, take on the function of pumping blood to the body. For some of the […]

PAD patients faced major limb problems, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients with peripheral artery disease and recent acute coronary syndrome have significantly increased risk of major adverse limb events at three years, according to new study.

Because few treatments are available specifically to prevent limb events, these results suggest future research should focus […]

New drug fails to improve survival in acute heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — The experimental drug ularitide over the long term did not improve survival or lessen the damaging effects of acute heart failure, found a study presented Sunday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.

Ularitide is a synthetic form of a natriuretic peptide, a […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in the […]

New tool helps predict how treatments affect heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new tool for doctors and patients will help predict how well four preventive therapies affect long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a special report published Friday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The risk assessment tool, developed […]

American Heart Association to offer CPR, AED training in China

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More people in China will soon be able to learn to give CPR, use an automated external defibrillator and deliver first aid by taking American Heart Association training.

The Chinese public will be able to learn the life-saving skills through the AHA’s first international training center in Beijing […]

New guidance to treat life-threatening infections of vascular grafts, stents

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The first guide to diagnose, treat and prevent infections of blood vessels, grafts and endovascular devices was issued Thursday by the American Heart Association.
Infections can occur after procedures to open clogged arteries or to place devices that prevent aneurysms from rupturing, said vascular surgeon John […]

D.C. requires CPR training for high school graduates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly 3,000 students graduating each year from Washington, D.C., public and charter schools will now be trained in Hands-Only CPR.

The law was enacted last Saturday following completion of the 30-day Congressional review period. In D.C., legislation approved by the city council and mayor goes to […]

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