American Heart Association

New process streamlines care for stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A recently developed process will help streamline initial emergency care for stroke patients.

The Severity-based Stroke Triage Algorithm developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides ambulance crews with information and tools to better identify a stroke, assess a patient’s condition and determine the best hospital for […]

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 […]

Veterans with depression, heart disease battle to pay for care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Veterans with heart disease and depression are more likely than those without depression to struggle paying for medications and medical visits and often report delays in seeking medical care, according to a new study.

Compared to veteran heart patients without depression, those with […]

Chatting it up with doc helps heart patients take meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Patients who communicate effectively with their healthcare providers are more likely to comply with their treatment for hardened arteries, according to a new study.

Those with good communication with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report using prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs […]

Patients who trust medical profession more likely to take high blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — People who trust the medical profession are more likely to take their high blood pressure medicine, new data suggest.

In a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2017, patients who had higher levels […]

Man saves co-worker after watching Hands-Only CPR video

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A daily ritual of reading the newspaper helped a New York City man learn a skill that he would later use when saving his co-worker’s life.

On the subway on his way to work, David Martinez, 55, peruses The Washington Post on his […]

Revolution drummer Bobby Z. had a heart attack soon after bidding farewell to Prince

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In September, Bobby Z. bid an emotional farewell to his former bandmate Prince at First Avenue, the legendary Minneapolis nightclub where the two musicians performed in the 1984 movie Purple Rain.

Two months later, Bobby came all-too close to becoming the subject of a memorial concert […]

Lab researchers create possible antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sage Wiener, M.D., has taken care of dozens of people with carbon monoxide poisoning as an emergency medicine doctor in Brooklyn. He’s relied on oxygen to alleviate the headaches, dizziness, vomiting and other symptoms – a strategy that hasn’t changed much in recent decades.

But Wiener […]

Ryan scraps legislation that would repeal Affordable Care Act

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday, leaving the law sometimes referred to as “Obamacare” in place indefinitely.

After a closed-door meeting Friday afternoon with the Republican conference to disclose plans to pull the […]

Pricey cholesterol drug cuts heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A highly anticipated study has found that the new cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab can reduce heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.

The findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, showed that the […]