American Heart Association

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said.

Stewart called her mom to take her to the hospital, which […]

A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new study suggests.

The research, published Thursday in the science journal Stroke, examined consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners but did not find that same […]

This pair has made a 2,734-mile run across all of Iowa’s counties

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was a Christmas party brainstorm that set a more-than-seven-year course for Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker, who are finishing up marathon-length runs across all 99 counties in Iowa.

The pair has run 2,734 miles across the state and on April 15 will complete their ambitious, […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods.

Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden.

“Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my mother,” Arciero […]

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. […]