American Heart Association

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat.

Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. It […]

Chronic conditions decrease for younger people, report says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Early deaths because of chronic conditions including heart disease, cancer and HIV have decreased over the past decade among people under 44.

Those results are “something to celebrate,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Ph.D., R.N., director of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, which released its annual […]

Lab researchers create possible antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sage Wiener, M.D., has taken care of dozens of people with carbon monoxide poisoning as an emergency medicine doctor in Brooklyn. He’s relied on oxygen to alleviate the headaches, dizziness, vomiting and other symptoms – a strategy that hasn’t changed much in recent decades.

But Wiener […]

Pricey cholesterol drug cuts heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A highly anticipated study has found that the new cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab can reduce heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.

The findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, showed that the […]

AHA CEO details opposition to American Health Care Act in letter to Congress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing the AHA’s opposition to the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s proposed replacement for the current Affordable Care Act often called “Obamacare.”

Brown […]

Many heart patients aren’t prescribed cardiac rehabilitation, despite benefits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation programs can boost independence and quality of life for older adults, especially after hospitalization for heart disease, but it’s not always prescribed, according to a scientific statement published Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Cardiac rehabilitation provides exercise training, advice for handling stress and […]

Seizures in a grocery store parking lot reveal man’s irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the Reese family, it had started out as a typical Saturday on March 21, 2015. Curtis Reese managed sons Garner, then 6, and Evan, then 4, while his wife Melanie attended a family baby shower.

He shuttled the kids around, picking up the equipment for […]

AHA debuts cloud-based precision medicine data platform

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Massive amounts of patient data that could help shed light on the world’s most deadly diseases are now available through a precision medicine platform.

The American Heart Association Precision Medicine Platform, part of the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, is the only resource of its […]

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 […]

Indigenous South American group has the world’s healthiest arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the Bolivian Amazon, there’s a group with the healthiest arteries of all populations ever studied.

Among the Tsimane (pronounced chee-mah-nay) people – a remote society of foragers and horticulturalists – hardening of the arteries is five times less common than in the United States, researchers […]