American Heart Association

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that […]

Professor encourages diversity in medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As he recruited minority science students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D., was inspired by a mentor who chaired the school’s Department of Pharmacology.

Lee Limbird always said science was so much fun it had to be shared — and she thought […]

Healthier lifestyles = lower blood pressure risks for African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure for African-Americans, according to new research released Monday.

African-Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, saw their high blood […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]

Athletic man’s warning after cardiac arrest: Heart disease can strike anyone

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Demetrious Talley was an athletic and fit 39-year-old when he noticed some strange bouts of feeling lightheaded. Mostly he ignored it, figuring that he just stood up too fast or needed to drink some water.

But it was clearly a warning sign of something more serious, […]

Music industry insider Shanti Das works on health awareness in Atlanta

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Music-industry veteran Shanti Das grew up in an Atlanta neighborhood considered a food desert — heavy on fast-food restaurants and limited on access to grocery stores with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food choices.

In addition, high blood pressure runs rampant in her family and […]

Do Africans and African-Americans share stroke risks?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Neurologists from the United States and Africa are meeting Thursday to explore the differences and similarities in stroke among Africans and African-Americans.

“We need to learn more about what is happening in native African populations and begin to compare and contrast the findings with populations […]

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping, report positive outlook

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping and have a more positive perception of caregiving than those who care for whites, according to new research.

“Our findings surprised me,” said Lesli Skolarus, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan in Ann […]

African-American women at risk for heart disease report greater loneliness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — African-American women at risk for heart disease face more loneliness than white women, a new study suggests.

The findings, released Tuesday as part of a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that black women were about twice as likely […]