American Heart Association

Researcher at forefront of AHA’s precision medicine efforts honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Very early in life, Joseph Loscalzo saw how merciless heart disease can be.

After his grandmother suffered a series of heart attacks, there was very little doctors could do. She was hospitalized and placed on bed rest, basically surviving through her final decades. Today’s modern medical […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

Stent coated with Viagra may help prevent blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coating heart stents with the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known by the generic name sildenafil, could one day reduce blood clots and re-narrowing of arteries, according to new research.

Stents prop open heart arteries to help restore blood flow to the heart, lowering the risk of […]

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 […]

Former banker uses ‘day job’ financial skills as volunteer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly three decades ago, a colleague whose son had a congenital heart defect suggested that Jim Fullerton consider helping the American Heart Association.

Fullerton jumped in, working on a golf tournament committee to raise money for the AHA in Denver, and eventually joined the board of […]

U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Investment in heart disease research pays dividends in improved health and reduced health costs, but current levels of funding are not keeping up with patient needs, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday.

“We invest a mere 2.5 cents per day per U.S. […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more likely […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.

An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found […]

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association.

The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, […]

CPR through history

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival — if it is given immediately.