American Heart Association

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]

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 […]

Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too.

“My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person I […]

Incoming AHA chairman focuses on innovation, precision medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In philanthropy, as in business, James Postl is used to coming out on top.

Coming out on top is a big assignment in his newest role as the American Heart Association’s chairman, but Postl is ready to do his part in fight against heart disease and […]

Incoming AHA president Warner driven by commitment to science, community, teamwork

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Growing up in West Texas, John Warner loved the outdoors and sports. Most of his free time was spent fishing, hiking and running. Those passions blended into a natural path for his future.

He ran his way to a track scholarship at Abilene Christian University, a […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]

Artist who inspired stroke survivors dies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eugene Brown, an artist and survivor who created collages and tapestry art to represent his stroke journey, died Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 83.

“He talked to everybody, and he was always positive and uplifting, no matter the situation,” said Mona Taylor, a longtime […]

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 […]