American Heart Association

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 […]

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association.

The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, […]

Produce prescriptions: Replacing unhealthy foods with more fruits and vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The next time you stop by the supermarket pharmacy to pick up a prescription, swing by the produce section. It could be just as important to your health.

“If you just went around and looked at people’s plates, most of them have more meats […]

Snake charms researchers with possibilities of blood clot prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The lethal venom of a Southeast Asian pit viper is being considered to help create a new class of antiplatelet drugs that could prevent dangerous blood clots.

Researchers from the National Taiwan University found that a protein isolated from the venom of the Wagler’s pit viper […]

Food policies work, modeling study reports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented annually by food policies and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Using a modeling approach, researchers estimated that a national subsidy to reduce the cost of fruits and […]