American Heart Association

Gaining even a little weight could up heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Putting on a few pounds over time may hurt the heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research.

Researchers examined heart scans and body fat measurements of more than 1,200 heart disease-free adults, and then again seven years later. They found that those […]

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 […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]

Putting all of her heart into rugged sports before ‘American Ninja Warrior’ tryout

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

American Ninja Warrior, you’ve been warned: Molly Hemphill is coming after you again.

She’s extremely fit, courageous and indomitable, a zealous rock climber eager to take on the NBC show’s rugged obstacle course that few can conquer.

But Hemphill has conquered plenty already. She has a congenital […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Awardee Haddock committed to global outreach

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traveling the world for business, Ron Haddock has witnessed the global need for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. He’s also experienced it in his personal life.

“I’ve had my chest cracked twice with two open-heart surgeries,” Haddock said. In the mid-1990s, though seemingly healthy, he was […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant.

He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — without […]

Climbing to the mountaintop to tell her message

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and could have settled into a quiet life, relishing her renewed health and extra years without a lot of excitement.

But that was never the plan for her, or her husband Craig.

“We wanted to do something remarkable,” she […]