American Heart Association

New process streamlines care for stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A recently developed process will help streamline initial emergency care for stroke patients.

The Severity-based Stroke Triage Algorithm developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides ambulance crews with information and tools to better identify a stroke, assess a patient’s condition and determine the best hospital for […]

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

Veterans with depression, heart disease battle to pay for care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Veterans with heart disease and depression are more likely than those without depression to struggle paying for medications and medical visits and often report delays in seeking medical care, according to a new study.

Compared to veteran heart patients without depression, those with […]

Chatting it up with doc helps heart patients take meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Patients who communicate effectively with their healthcare providers are more likely to comply with their treatment for hardened arteries, according to a new study.

Those with good communication with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report using prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs […]

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 […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural teeth […]

Stent retrievers are a game-changer for severe strokes

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.

By 2015, stroke experts were starting to agree on the benefits of using tiny, cage-like stent retrievers to remove clots from large vessels […]

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 […]

Pricey cholesterol drug cuts heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A highly anticipated study has found that the new cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab can reduce heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.

The findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, showed that the […]

Her father almost died after his heart stopped beating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Danielle Gregoire was 13 when she almost lost her dad after his heart stopped beating for two minutes on the floor of a local Dallas area YMCA. John Gregoire, then 44 and by all appearances in good health, was lifting free weights when he dropped […]