American Heart Association

Many to walk in honor of Florida furniture entrepreneur’s memory

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kevin Koenig had a heart of gold, but it suffered from disease.

At age 41, the South Florida furniture king suffered his first heart attack. He scoffed when doctors told him he needed bypass surgery and did his own research while recovering at home. It was […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City say […]

Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

About 18.8 million adults in the United States take omega-3 fish […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight.

That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Prior studies have suggested an […]

Hair dryers, electric drills can cause pacemakers to fail under certain conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hair dryers, electric drills and other household appliances can cause pacemakers to fail under certain circumstances.

A study published Monday exposed 119 people with pacemakers to a variety of electromagnetic fields. It simulated the effects of electric razors, table fans, washing machines, vacuums, mixers, lawn mowers […]

After flatlining and years of therapy, country music star Randy Travis is passing out hope

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

TIOGA, Texas – For a few minutes, it was the last night of country & western legend Randy Travis’ life.

Suffocating from his fluid-filled lungs and his heart failing, Travis flatlined. He was put on life support and into an induced coma. When he was brought […]

Wanted: More Hispanic and Latino heart doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Tony Urey, M.D., went into medicine for the same reason many of his medical school friends did: to give their low-income Hispanic and Latino communities better health care. Many of those students became family doctors, but Urey decided to specialize in the heart.

The […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem.

Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a condition […]

Precision medicine institute launches call for research applications

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and Bayer announced Thursday they will work together to advance research in three critical areas: cerebral small vessel disease, chronic kidney disease and heart failure.

The AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine is now accepting applications for three AHA-Bayer Innovation and Discovery […]

Cancer drug could double as weapon against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An experimental cancer drug appears to help regenerate damaged heart muscle — an unexpected finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure.

The findings from UT Southwestern Medical Center were published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Many parts of the body, such as […]