American Heart Association

Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.

The recommendations released Wednesday by the American Heart Association and American College […]

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 […]

First fainting guidelines issued to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fainting could be a sign of a serious heart problem and should be evaluated by a doctor, say new guidelines from three leading heart organizations.

The guidelines, issued Thursday by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society, are the first such […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday.

Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy choices […]

Public health groups: Healthcare legislation needs to be affordable, accessible, adequate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and 10 other public health groups joined together this week to release their stance on possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Consensus Health Care Reform Principles outlines the groups’ criteria for what needs to be jn any new health care […]

Eyes hold clues to dangerous circulation condition in leg vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Changes to the eye’s tiny blood vessels could predict a higher risk for a dangerous circulation condition in the legs that, in turn, can lead to amputation, heart attack or stroke, according to a new study released Wednesday.

Researchers studied 9,390 adult participants […]

Lack of fruits, vegetables partly to blame for global heart disease burden

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Millions of years of life lost to early deaths and disability from heart disease could be saved worldwide by eating more fruits and vegetables, a new study shows.

For 195 countries, researchers calculated the number of disability-adjusted life years, which are healthy years […]

Athletic man’s warning after cardiac arrest: Heart disease can strike anyone

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Demetrious Talley was an athletic and fit 39-year-old when he noticed some strange bouts of feeling lightheaded. Mostly he ignored it, figuring that he just stood up too fast or needed to drink some water.

But it was clearly a warning sign of something more serious, […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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.

Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]