American Heart Association

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 […]

Study: AFib patients may be able to stop blood thinners after ablation

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who are successfully treated with ablation may no longer need blood thinners, a new study shows.

Nearly 3 million Americans deal with atrial fibrillation, or AFib — a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can cause complications like blood clots, stroke and […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City say […]

Leading health groups announce opposition to American Health Care Act

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients, doctors and several leading health groups joined Thursday in the nation’s capital to voice significant concerns about the American Health Care Act, soon after the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the healthcare overhaul with a 19-17 vote. The bill will soon be brought to […]

Son continues March Madness tradition in mom’s honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jeff Logan was a teenager when he started bonding over basketball with his mom, Pat. This will be the eighth year he’s had to fill out his NCAA tournament bracket without her. But Jeff, now 53, rallies others to do it in her memory.

Pat died […]

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 […]