American Heart Association

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 […]

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 […]

American Heart Association president alarmed by proposed cuts to research funds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The National Institutes of Health would face a $5.8 billion cut under President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, a steep reduction that the American Heart Association said would be detrimental to the fight against heart disease and stroke – the world’s top two killers.

The NIH, […]

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 […]

New therapies needed to prevent recurrent strokes in high-risk group

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.

For people who suffer a stroke in the small arteries deep within the brain, the best way to prevent another one is to […]

Medicare takes step to cover exercise therapy for PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new Medicare proposal would cover supervised exercise therapy for patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, that is causing symptoms, according to a draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and the legs […]

Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

About 18.8 million adults in the United States take omega-3 fish […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight.

That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Prior studies have suggested an […]

First fainting guidelines issued to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fainting could be a sign of a serious heart problem and should be evaluated by a doctor, say new guidelines from three leading heart organizations.

The guidelines, issued Thursday by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society, are the first such […]

Gluten may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Eating more gluten may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, researchers said Thursday.

In a long-term observational study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions., most participants had gluten intake below 12 grams a […]