More education may mean a longer, healthier life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates. Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s […]

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease. The first-of-its-kind study published in […]

Awardee has seen stroke treatment transform

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The patient, young and pregnant, arrived at the hospital with a severe stroke. She couldn’t speak, comprehend or move the right side of her body. When Jeffrey Saver, M.D., started his career decades earlier, there would have been little he could do to help the […]

The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson. To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds. “It’s about trying […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people. Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox […]

Prevention drives volunteer leader’s efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The concept of prevention enticed David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., early in his medical career. “When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I learned a lot about the causes of heart disease,” said Goff, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at […]

Former banker uses ‘day job’ financial skills as volunteer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly three decades ago, a colleague whose son had a congenital heart defect suggested that Jim Fullerton consider helping the American Heart Association. Fullerton jumped in, working on a golf tournament committee to raise money for the AHA in Denver, and eventually joined the board […]

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 […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant. He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — […]

Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study. In general, the findings are good news because they show […]

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 […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday. The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in their shampoos, skin creams, and even in their smoothies and coffee. Chatter spiked even more recently, after a new science […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association. The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and […]

Produce prescriptions: Replacing unhealthy foods with more fruits and vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The next time you stop by the supermarket pharmacy to pick up a prescription, swing by the produce section. It could be just as important to your health. “If you just went around and looked at people’s plates, most of them have […]

Snake charms researchers with possibilities of blood clot prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The lethal venom of a Southeast Asian pit viper is being considered to help create a new class of antiplatelet drugs that could prevent dangerous blood clots. Researchers from the National Taiwan University found that a protein isolated from the venom of the Wagler’s pit […]

Food policies work, modeling study reports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented annually by food policies and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, according to a new study released Tuesday. Using a modeling approach, researchers estimated that a national subsidy to reduce the cost of fruits […]

Organizations fund more than $550,000 in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Five research programs are receiving a total of $561,798 to fund congenital heart defect research, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced Tuesday. About 40,000 infants are affected by congenital heart defects each year in the United States, and one in four […]

Common artery problems as you age may be avoided or delayed, study shows

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Potentially dangerous artery problems considered common as people age may actually be avoided or delayed well into the senior years, according to new research. The risk for high blood pressure and increased blood vessel stiffness, which both increase the risk of heart disease, may be […]

Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

President’s budget devastating to medical research and disease prevention, AHA says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS A $7.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, as well as many other decreases would cause a “devastating blow” to medical research and leave promising work undone or put on hold, American Heart Association’s president said Tuesday about President Trump’s proposed fiscal budget. […]

Bariatric surgery shrinks heart failure risk in severely obese

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Weight-loss surgery cut the long-term risk of heart failure by more than half in obese patients without a history of heart disease or stroke, a new study shows. It was a dramatic finding even the researchers hadn’t expected. “We were surprised,” said Peter N. Benotti, […]

AHA awards $2 million for cardiovascular disease research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New studies will soon get underway thanks to a pair of million-dollar research grants announced Friday by the American Heart Association. One project will look at how to match the right drug to the right patient, and the other will attempt to extend the effectiveness […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate. With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was […]

Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Doctors may now be able to test people early and prevent them from developing heart failure, according to an updated guideline published Friday by three leading U.S. heart organizations. “For the first time, we really believe the data are in hand to inform how we […]

Neighborhoods play big role in heart health, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS “Location, location, location” isn’t just an old real estate cliché. It’s also a major factor when it comes to heart health, according to an overview article published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. The article studied a growing body of literature on the relationship […]

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her. “My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said. Stewart called her mom to take her to the […]

A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new study suggests. The research, published Thursday in the science journal Stroke, examined consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners but did not find that […]

This pair has made a 2,734-mile run across all of Iowa’s counties

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It was a Christmas party brainstorm that set a more-than-seven-year course for Dennis Lee and Daren Schumaker, who are finishing up marathon-length runs across all 99 counties in Iowa. The pair has run 2,734 miles across the state and on April 15 will complete their […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods. Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden. “Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my […]

Back on the slopes after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For an extreme skier who jumps out of helicopters and prefers the Alps, a snowy hill in Pennsylvania wouldn’t seem to present much of a challenge. But that was before Mark French suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015. So getting back on his skis for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association. About 18.8 million adults in the United States take omega-3 […]

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat. Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s […]

Paul and Joan Rubschlager donate $2 million

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Paul and Joan Rubschlager of Chicago have donated $2 million to create the Paul and Joan Rubschlager Precision Promise Fund, which will support the American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. The Institute was established to target more effective treatment and prevention strategies for […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

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. Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease. Researchers at Massachusetts […]

Music industry insider Shanti Das works on health awareness in Atlanta

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Music-industry veteran Shanti Das grew up in an Atlanta neighborhood considered a food desert — heavy on fast-food restaurants and limited on access to grocery stores with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food choices. In addition, high blood pressure runs rampant in her family […]

Internet, social media can increase stroke awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — The Internet and social media can effectively educate and engage a lot of people about stroke, according to research released Tuesday. Researchers compared results from in-person blood pressure and risk factor screenings in various community settings to a community-based public awareness campaign that […]

More than half of the biggest U.S. cities flunk review of health and well-being policies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than half of the biggest cities in the U.S. don’t have adequate policies to improve their residents’ health and well-being, according to a recent report by the CityHealth Initiative. The two-year “gold standard” analysis was commissioned by the de Beaumont Foundation, a private organization […]

Shock from heart device may increase healthcare needs, expenses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A shock from a heart device that saves people from sudden cardiac death may result in more health care, regardless of whether the shock was necessary, according to a new study. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, delivers a shock to restore a normal rhythm […]

Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil may be recipe for ‘good’ cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may improve the function of “good” cholesterol in people at risk for heart disease, according to a new study. A Mediterranean diet is based on the typical eating habits in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It […]

Almost every employee in a new study faces increased risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new study found that nearly all of about 400,000 employees at large companies nationwide face increased risk of heart disease and stroke from obesity, high blood pressure, poor diet and other risk factors. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs, illustrate the […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease. Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies. In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents […]

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Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research. The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy […]

Regular exercise may reduce African-Americans’ risk of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Regular moderate to vigorous exercise such as swimming, biking or even brisk walks can lower the risk of high blood pressure in African-Americans, according to a new study. African-Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than other racial groups in the United States. Among […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday. There are […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high […]

Arianna Huffington, Nancy Brown talk heart health, prevention with women in media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Media influencers met Tuesday to spark fresh ideas for fighting heart disease in women. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post co-founder and Thrive Global founder, hosted a “women in media” luncheon at a private home in New York City. The […]

Avoiding tobacco best way to avoid disease, researchers find

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting adults to quit smoking and preventing kids from ever starting are the best defenses against heart disease, stroke and other diseases, according to a new study. Experts’ rankings of the top 28 evidence-based preventive services that healthcare providers could offer were released Monday in a […]

Avoiding deadly holiday heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Amidst all the heart-warming seasonal stories this time of year, a grim fact also exists — several studies have reported an uptick in deaths around Christmas and New Year’s compared to other times throughout the year. Sometimes referred to as “holiday heart attacks,” the phenomena […]

High blood pressure on the rise in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure, a nationwide health threat, is taking an even bigger bite out of the Big Apple. More than one in four adults in New York City — 1.8 million people — say they have hypertension, a citywide increase of 11 percent over the […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax; beverage industry to appeal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks survived a major challenge Monday from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. But the issue isn’t over. “We shall appeal,” said Shanin Specter, who represents the American Beverage Association and a few restaurants and […]

Report: 10 measures could prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Ten strategies could help doctors, patients and families prevent sudden cardiac death, according to a new report. The findings from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. More than […]

Teen e-cigarette use falls for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For the first time, researchers are finding that significantly fewer teens are using e-cigarettes, hookahs and other popular “vaping” products. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks trends in substance use among 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution. Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates increase following decades of progress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart disease death rates have increased for the first time in decades and stroke death rates also have gone up, according to new federal statistics that show a drop in U.S. life expectancy. While there is no obvious explanation for the small jump in these […]

Motivation and inspiration through Go Red Get Fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Joyce Moore lost her dad to heart disease and vowed to spare her daughters from the pain she experienced. But it wasn’t until she decided to get healthy for herself, rather than others, that she was able to make significant change. Moore, who lives in […]

Making changes to prevent a second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Julie Kubala went to the hospital last year thinking her flu had progressed to pneumonia. It hadn’t. She was having a heart attack caused by a significant blockage found in her left anterior descending aorta. Kubala, 48, required a stent and months of constant attention […]

Program sees drop in calories, salt, fats and boost in fruits, vegetables, grains

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One of the country’s top food service providers has cut by 8 percent the calories, sodium and saturated fats on the menus it provides to colleges, universities, hospital cafes and workplaces. The news from Aramark is part of the first-year report on progress for Healthy […]

Bitter taste in your mouth? Could mean more salt.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — People who taste bitterness in food strongly are nearly twice as likely to eat more than the minimum recommended daily limit of sodium, according to preliminary research presented Sunday. The study analyzed data of 407 people in rural Kentucky who have two […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry. In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce tax […]

A passion to educate about healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Dr. Robin Williams raised her two sons to be healthy eaters in a household where the daily mantra was “no fast food,” “no soda,” and “not too much sugar, salt or fat.” So when her eldest son Austin turned 16, learned to drive, and came […]

New tool helps predict how treatments affect heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new tool for doctors and patients will help predict how well four preventive therapies affect long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a special report published Friday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The risk assessment tool, […]

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign part of World Series Game 3 broadcast

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign was part of the action for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday night. The campaign’s logo was woven throughout the bow tie worn by MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal. […]

AHA statement: Preferences should be ingredient in healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Healthcare providers should consider personal, ethnic and cultural preferences and use easy-to-understand language and food examples when counseling people about eating healthy, a new American Heart Association statement recommends. “It’s one thing for professionals to summarize the data and develop guidelines, but an entirely different […]

Deaths prompt heart screenings for former NBA players

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Twenty years after he retired from professional basketball, Morlon Wiley still looks like somebody you want on your side in a pickup game. Lean and fit, he eats right, works out and goes to the doctor for checkups. But he recently turned 50, and he […]

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown calls consumer technology a health game-changer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Consumer technology is a “true game-changer for health,” American Heart Association Chief Executive Nancy Brown said Friday at the 13th Annual Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston. As patients and consumers take increasingly active roles in their heart and brain health through mobile technology, the […]

AHA statement: Manage interactions with statins, heart disease drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart disease patients should inform their healthcare providers of all drugs they’re taking to manage interactions with cholesterol-lowering medicine, a new American Heart Association statement recommends. “Healthcare providers and their patients who take statins need to be aware that these medications could interact with their […]

Mountain bike racer learns the dangers of deep vein thrombosis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As an aspiring Olympian in his 20s and an amateur mountain bike racer in his 50s, Sam Osborne closely tracked his physical performance. But after a blood clot in his leg led to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in August, he realized he had a lot […]

Anger, heavy physical exertion may cause heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Here’s another reason to keep your emotions and physical activities in check: You may trigger a heart attack. In a large international study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Angry/emotionally upset participants had more than twice the risk of the onset of […]

Calum MacRae: The man behind the $75 million bid to wipe out coronary heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS BOSTON – During his first hour with this new patient – a woman who suffered a stroke in her 20s and now, in her 30s, grapples with debilitating migraines – Dr. Calum MacRae begins learning all about her. He starts with typical questions, such as where […]

Calum MacRae receives $75 million to pursue ‘One Brave Idea’ to beat coronary heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After 25 years of conducting scientific research and treating patients, Dr. Calum MacRae was frustrated with the industry’s typical way of studying diseases. So he started formulating a radically different approach. He envisioned adding to the mix a wide variety of new factors, such as […]

Workplace stress, sleep among top employee concerns

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than a quarter of workers are stressed out, according to a national workplace health survey released Tuesday by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable. According to the Nielsen-conducted survey of 2,009 employees, 28 percent experience stress as a result of work. Many want their […]

U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor encourages cycling to improve heart and brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Just days after being honored at the White House, U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor Billy Lister was back on a bike in Denver, encouraging people to improve their heart and brain health through cycling. Lister spoke Sunday at a local CycleNation event, part of […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples. Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and […]

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Fort Worth residents target workplace smoking

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The image of a smoked-filled bar might sound like a thing of the past, but in Fort Worth, Texas, there’s still a fight to clear the air in workplaces and public places. Texas has no statewide indoor smoking law for bars, restaurants, private workplaces or […]

Healthy food movement gaining steam with food trust funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For millions of Americans, geography might be the biggest barrier to a healthy diet. Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states where advocates are pushing state legislatures to create easier access to healthy, affordable options in “food deserts” — which the Department of […]

Sound therapy may reduce blood pressure, migraines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ORLANDO, Florida — A noninvasive neurotechnology that uses sound to balance right- and left-side brain frequencies lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate variability and reduced symptoms of migraine headaches, in two small studies presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific […]

Intensive program to lower blood pressure could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ORLANDO, Florida — More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with common heart disease risk factors would participate in an intensive program to lower the top number in their blood pressure reading, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart […]

Genetically-modified probiotic may treat pulmonary hypertension

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ORLANDO, Florida — Modified probiotics taken orally may one day treat pulmonary hypertension, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions. In the study, the probiotic Lactobacillus reduced blood pressure, improved heart contractility and reduced heart […]

Big Soda, others sue to block Philadelphia soda tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As it promised to do, the beverage industry filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block Philadelphia’s soda tax. The American Beverage Association, along with restaurants and some consumers who joined in the suit, contend the city’s tax — to take effect in January — duplicates the […]

Eating more fruits, vegetables improved kidney patients’ blood pressure, cut medicine expenses in half

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ORLANDO, Florida — People with kidney disease improved their blood pressure and cut medicine expenses in half after adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet, in a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure 2016 Scientific Sessions. “It was remarkable […]

AHA volunteers talk Americans’ heart health at White House

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly 200 American Heart Association volunteer advocates recently trekked to Washington, D.C., for a conversation with senior White House officials on the state of cardiovascular health in America. The event last Friday was part of the Obama administration’s “Making Health Care Better” series and included […]

Peripheral artery disease affects Larry Sadwin’s life, along with 8.5 million Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Larry Sadwin’s legs hurt whenever he exercises, a symptom of restricted blood vessels. But he’s finding a way to manage his condition. Sadwin, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Warren, Rhode Island, is one of 8.5 million Americans with peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday. It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also […]

Internet, mobile devices can help make healthy lifestyle changes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People are more likely to adopt heart-healthy behaviors when guided by the Internet, their cellphones or other devices, according to 23 years of research reviewed in Journal of the American Heart Association. “Both Internet-based and mobile-based programs can help people become more physically active, eat […]

Younger heart attack survivors have higher risk of premature death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People age 50 and younger have almost twice the risk of premature death after a heart attack — mainly due to heart disease and other smoking-related diseases, according to new research. The study is based on data from 21,693 heart attack survivors age 50 and […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study. After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates […]

AHA Ambassador learned of congenital heart defect as a teen

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mark Ridder was only a 14 when he took a routine physical before entering high school and learned he had a pronounced heart murmur. He had always struggled as a child to keep up while running and playing with his brother and cousins, and that […]

Go Red Get Fit adds challenges to promote healthy living

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Two-time stroke survivor Tamika Quinn had to change her entire lifestyle to lose the excess weight that hung on after the birth of her third child, focusing on heart-healthy foods and keeping portion sizes in check. Quinn, who lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, […]

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. […]