American Heart Association

New study probes why heart disease risk differs by sex

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

A woman’s risk for heart disease is different from a man’s. Although the reason isn’t known, a […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions.

“What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask.

When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit after surgery […]

Mostly meat, high-protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could be at higher risk for heart failure, especially if much of their protein comes from meat, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers evaluated the self-reported daily diets […]

C-sections could increase baby’s obesity risk  

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Babies born vaginally – or those born by cesarean but exposed to their mother’s vaginal microbiota – have less risk of obesity later in life, a new study released Sunday suggests.

The research analyzed data on 1,441 full-term deliveries from the Boston Birth […]

Wear Red Day at Scientific Sessions draws attention to women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Annabelle Santos Volgman, a Chicago cardiologist, has a suggestion for her male colleagues on Wear Red Day at the upcoming American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in New Orleans.

“Some of the men wear red sneakers or red jackets,” she said. “I think they should wear […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in the […]

Two years after stroke, running is a way to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Merideth Gilmor knows what it’s like to train hard, perhaps even more than some of the professional athletes she handles publicity for.

Exactly a year to the date she suffered a debilitating stroke that nearly killed her, Gilmor completed her first marathon, running 26.2-miles around New […]

Fighting spirit, rapid response saves stroke survivor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tamsen Butler, a 41-year-old mother of two, wife, Air Force veteran and fitness guru, was putting away groceries with her children on July 22, 2015, when she felt an odd sensation, “like something had shifted in my head,” she remembered.

Something felt funny in her right […]

Finding the words after a near-deadly stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Chris Richards speaks carefully and haltingly, her speech but not her mind affected by a stroke two years ago that nearly killed her.

But the words are worth waiting for. They tell of the power of determination and faith, the love of a wonderful family, the support […]

Young survivor conquers fears, goes from shut-in to national spokesperson

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Amanda Gonzalez was a senior in high school when she found out she had heart disease. She chokes up recalling the surgeries she needed and the things she missed out on in college. Looking back, Gonzalez said she is lucky to be alive.

The […]