American Heart Association

Back on the slopes after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For an extreme skier who jumps out of helicopters and prefers the Alps, a snowy hill in Pennsylvania wouldn’t seem to present much of a challenge.

But that was before Mark French suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015. So getting back on his skis for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City say […]

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 […]

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat.

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. […]

Paul and Joan Rubschlager donate $2 million

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Paul and Joan Rubschlager of Chicago have donated $2 million to create the Paul and Joan Rubschlager Precision Promise Fund, which will support the American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine.

The Institute was established to target more effective treatment and prevention strategies for cardiovascular […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

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.

Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]

Music industry insider Shanti Das works on health awareness in Atlanta

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Music-industry veteran Shanti Das grew up in an Atlanta neighborhood considered a food desert — heavy on fast-food restaurants and limited on access to grocery stores with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food choices.

In addition, high blood pressure runs rampant in her family and […]

Internet, social media can increase stroke awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — The Internet and social media can effectively educate and engage a lot of people about stroke, according to research released Tuesday.

Researchers compared results from in-person blood pressure and risk factor screenings in various community settings to a community-based public awareness campaign that included traditional […]