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More education may mean a longer, healthier life

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A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates.

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live […]

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

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The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease.

The first-of-its-kind study published in the […]

Awardee has seen stroke treatment transform

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The patient, young and pregnant, arrived at the hospital with a severe stroke. She couldn’t speak, comprehend or move the right side of her body.

When Jeffrey Saver, M.D., started his career decades earlier, there would have been little he could do to help the woman. […]

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The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

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The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

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Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]