American Heart Association

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people.

Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox with […]

Prevention drives volunteer leader’s efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The concept of prevention enticed David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., early in his medical career.

“When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I learned a lot about the causes of heart disease,” said Goff, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the […]

Former banker uses ‘day job’ financial skills as volunteer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly three decades ago, a colleague whose son had a congenital heart defect suggested that Jim Fullerton consider helping the American Heart Association.

Fullerton jumped in, working on a golf tournament committee to raise money for the AHA in Denver, and eventually joined the board of […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too.

“My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person I […]

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 […]

Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study.

In general, the findings are good news because they show fewer […]

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 […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday.

The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in their shampoos, skin creams, and even in their smoothies and coffee.

Chatter spiked even more recently, after a new science advisory […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.

An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found […]