American Heart Association

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more likely […]

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 […]

Regular exercise may lessen stroke severity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being physically active may boost the brain’s fight against the world’s No. 2 killer, according to new research.

About 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and 129,000 die. But exercising could lessen the severity of stroke later in life, according to research that will be […]

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, […]

Giddy up and jam: Horses, music may boost stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A little horsing around to music may be good therapy for stroke survivors.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapies improved survivors’ perception of recovery, gait, balance, grip strength and cognition years after their stroke.

A variety of […]

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 […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically Focused […]

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 […]

Organizations fund more than $550,000 in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Five research programs are receiving a total of $561,798 to fund congenital heart defect research, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced Tuesday.

About 40,000 infants are affected by congenital heart defects each year in the United States, and one in four of […]

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study.

An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart rhythm […]