American Heart Association

Gaining even a little weight could up heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Putting on a few pounds over time may hurt the heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research.

Researchers examined heart scans and body fat measurements of more than 1,200 heart disease-free adults, and then again seven years later. They found that those […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]

Scientists make tiny human hearts from rat hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It may soon be easier to test new heart drugs for safety and effectiveness. Scientists have created a miniature human heart by introducing human cells into the matrix of a whole rat heart. The tiny hearts could also make it easier to confirm basic science findings.

Researchers have […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

Stent coated with Viagra may help prevent blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coating heart stents with the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known by the generic name sildenafil, could one day reduce blood clots and re-narrowing of arteries, according to new research.

Stents prop open heart arteries to help restore blood flow to the heart, lowering the risk of […]

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that […]

FDA, health groups call for better strategies to test heart drugs in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration and three major health organizations are calling for a shakeup in how drugs are developed and tested in children with heart disease and other conditions.

In a health policy statement issued Thursday, the groups said drug trials must be flexible enough […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac arrest […]

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 […]

U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Investment in heart disease research pays dividends in improved health and reduced health costs, but current levels of funding are not keeping up with patient needs, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday.

“We invest a mere 2.5 cents per day per U.S. […]