American Heart Association

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back.

Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white wine […]

Medicare to cover simpler, less costly treatment for peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The long-awaited decision means other insurers will likely follow suit.

Medicare will cover the therapy for […]

Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001.

Programs that track quality of […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven times […]

Simulation event tracks time it takes for stroke treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the stroke code is called into his station, Fire Chief Quinten Randolph will be watching to make sure his crew gets their part just right. Randolph knows firsthand the importance of a stroke-ready system – it saved his own life two years ago.

While sure […]

Kansas man has new appreciation for EMS, bystander CPR after cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted.

“When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stellwagon […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday.

The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in support […]

Neurologist vouches for ‘game-changing’ stroke coverage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Neurologist Lee Schwamm, M.D., testified Tuesday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing about how telemedicine in the acute treatment of stroke can greatly improve health outcomes.

During his testimony, Schwamm urged the committee to pass the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates vary widely depending on where you live

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The good news is that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States declined 50 percent over the last 35 years, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bad news is that there are […]

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

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.

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in […]