American Heart Association

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 […]

Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]

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 […]

With new heart doing great, Rod Carew rekindles Heart of 29 with special day in Minnesota

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS – When you’ve received a new heart and a new chance at life – and come away with an expanded platform for your message about saving more lives – every day is special.

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is fresh off one of his […]

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 […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac arrest […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]

Senate health care bill follows House’s lead

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Senate Republicans on Thursday released their response to the House-passed American Health Care Act, with a bill dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The bill mirrors much of the House legislation, including the repeal of the current individual mandate and sharp cuts to […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone.

“I had a […]

Artist who inspired stroke survivors dies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eugene Brown, an artist and survivor who created collages and tapestry art to represent his stroke journey, died Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 83.

“He talked to everybody, and he was always positive and uplifting, no matter the situation,” said Mona Taylor, a longtime […]