American Heart Association

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]

Indigenous South American group has the world’s healthiest arteries

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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 […]

From the basketball court to the stroke unit

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Antrone “Juice” Moore grew up on Chicago’s South Side during the Michael Jordan-led Bulls dynasty of the 1990s. He played basketball in college and spent more than a decade playing for semi-professional teams throughout North America.

He turned his attention to coaching in 2008, but in […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all

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The Arias family gatherings are about food.

The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving to the […]

Music industry insider Shanti Das works on health awareness in Atlanta

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Music-industry veteran Shanti Das grew up in an Atlanta neighborhood considered a food desert — heavy on fast-food restaurants and limited on access to grocery stores with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food choices.

In addition, high blood pressure runs rampant in her family and […]

Nothing could slow down this busy working mom — until her stroke

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Lilian Tsi Stielstra was a couch potato. But at age 46, that changed.

Waking on a Saturday in 2010 in her San Francisco home, she recalls feeling tired. She brushed it off as stress from her demanding bank sales job.

Walking up the stairs, she felt “pins […]

Do Africans and African-Americans share stroke risks?

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HOUSTON — Neurologists from the United States and Africa are meeting Thursday to explore the differences and similarities in stroke among Africans and African-Americans.

“We need to learn more about what is happening in native African populations and begin to compare and contrast the findings with populations […]

Wanted: More Hispanic and Latino heart doctors

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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 […]

For Hispanic and Latino smokers, quitting is about family and culture

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Beatrice smoked her first cigarette when she was 7 years old. By 13, she was a regular smoker.

The mother of two quit smoking in her late 30s, inspired by her sons.

“When my son was 11, he wrote me a letter and in it […]

Detroit man transforms lifestyle to overcome heart failure

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Protecting his health never entered the mind of James Young II during his 20s and 30s.

Exercise ended with his school years, and his diet largely consisted of fast food and microwaveable meals. He was also a heavy smoker and frequently met friends for a beer […]