American Heart Association

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 […]

Leaders meet to ‘crack the code’ on heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A forum focused on how big data and precision medicine can help “crack the code” on heart disease and stroke advances will be held Thursday in New York City.

Leaders from industry, investment and academia will meet at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart and […]

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 […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

“The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to […]

Alexa can tell you the steps for CPR, warning signs of heart attack and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The voice-activated Amazon Echo device answers thousands of everyday requests, like setting a timer, playing music, ordering a pizza or changing a thermostat.

Now, the device includes new information that can help save someone’s life.

Alexa, the friendly voice of the Amazon Echo, for the first time provides instructions […]

African-American women at risk for heart disease report greater loneliness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — African-American women at risk for heart disease face more loneliness than white women, a new study suggests.

The findings, released Tuesday as part of a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that black women were about twice as likely […]

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 […]

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries prematurely

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drinking alcohol heavily over years may prematurely age your arteries — increasing heart disease risk, according to a U.K. study.

Researchers found that men were more likely to be heavy drinkers and were at risk for accelerated rates of arterial stiffness that interferes with blood flow […]

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 […]

Having a ball in the fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease is the world’s No. 1 killer. So even those without the condition are still affected.

Pauline Pavao is one of those people.

Although she’s healthy, Pauline lost both her parents to the disease, and her son Cori was born with a congenital heart defect.

Watching loved […]