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Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows.

It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected.

“We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, M.D., senior […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday.

The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in support […]

Heart failure patients readmitted to same hospital may fare better

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart failure patients readmitted to the same hospital within a month are discharged quicker and more likely to survive, according to a new Canadian study.

Among 217,039 heart failure patients in Canada from 2004 to 2013, those readmitted to the same hospital were discharged an average […]

Later years ‘golden’ when heart is healthy at middle age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with no major heart disease risk factors in middle age stay healthy and live longer, according to a 40-year study.

Compared to those who had two or more high risk factors in middle age, those who reached age 65 without a chronic illness lived an […]

Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors may now be able to test people early and prevent them from developing heart failure, according to an updated guideline published Friday by three leading U.S. heart organizations.

“For the first time, we really believe the data are in hand to inform how we might […]

New guidance on heart failure tests can improve care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Novel tests for heart failure can better guide the diagnosis and ongoing care of heart failure, which could reduce deaths and re-hospitalizations, according to a scientific statement published Wednesday by the American Heart Association.

The noninvasive blood or urine tests measure biomarkers, which are substances released […]

Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For weeks, Roxanne Watson thought she’d pulled a muscle in her back.

“I worked in a retail store and was helping unload merchandise from a truck when I felt this pain,” recalls Watson, 62, who lives in Nanuet, New York.

After taking a couple of aspirin she […]

Minorities less likely to get heart device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Some healthcare providers are dropping the ball when it comes to treating women and minorities with severe heart failure, a recent […]

Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort.

Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for […]

Carews, Reulands holding news conference Tuesday

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ENCINO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew and the family of the former NFL player who donated his heart and kidney will discuss their ongoing efforts to promote heart health, brain health and organ donation during a Tuesday news conference.

Carew’s heart began giving […]