American Heart Association

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 […]

Travis to appear at BeautyKind Unites: A Concert for Causes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Country music star Randy Travis will make a guest appearance Saturday at BeautyKind Unites: A Concert for Causes, joining artists Demi Lovato, The Band Perry and Jake Owen.

The event — at AT&T Stadium near Dallas, where the Cowboys play — will help raise money for […]

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 […]

AHA CEO details opposition to American Health Care Act in letter to Congress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing the AHA’s opposition to the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s proposed replacement for the current Affordable Care Act often called “Obamacare.”

Brown […]

AHA debuts cloud-based precision medicine data platform

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Massive amounts of patient data that could help shed light on the world’s most deadly diseases are now available through a precision medicine platform.

The American Heart Association Precision Medicine Platform, part of the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, is the only resource of its […]

Study: AFib patients may be able to stop blood thinners after ablation

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who are successfully treated with ablation may no longer need blood thinners, a new study shows.

Nearly 3 million Americans deal with atrial fibrillation, or AFib — a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can cause complications like blood clots, stroke and […]

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 […]

Leading health groups announce opposition to American Health Care Act

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients, doctors and several leading health groups joined Thursday in the nation’s capital to voice significant concerns about the American Health Care Act, soon after the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the healthcare overhaul with a 19-17 vote. The bill will soon be brought to […]

Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.

The recommendations released Wednesday by the American Heart Association and American College […]

New therapies needed to prevent recurrent strokes in high-risk group

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.

For people who suffer a stroke in the small arteries deep within the brain, the best way to prevent another one is to […]