Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation. Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to […]

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 […]

Interpreting ECGs in young athletes hard for even the most experienced doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors. The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has […]

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 […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Study: Socioeconomics impacts children’s carotid arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Disadvantaged kids may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life, according to new research published on Wednesday. The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, found that children from socially and […]

Tiny structures in the heart may provide clues to heart disease and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Tiny cells in your heart and blood vessels are constantly on the move, darting in and out of microscopic structures that look a little like scaffolding around buildings. That might sound like run-of-the-mill activity, but scientists say figuring out exactly what the scaffolding does to […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” […]

Quitting cholesterol drugs may raise risk of another stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs three to six months after their first stroke face a higher risk of another stroke, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Those who’d had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations. One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart […]

Gaining even a little weight could up heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Putting on a few pounds over time may hurt the heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research. Researchers examined heart scans and body fat measurements of more than 1,200 heart disease-free adults, and then again seven years later. They found that […]

Less invasive procedure for heart valve disease comes of age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency to expand […]

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Scientists make tiny human hearts from rat hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It may soon be easier to test new heart drugs for safety and effectiveness. Scientists have created a miniature human heart by introducing human cells into the matrix of a whole rat heart. The tiny hearts could also make it easier to confirm basic science findings. Researchers […]

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, […]

Stent coated with Viagra may help prevent blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coating heart stents with the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known by the generic name sildenafil, could one day reduce blood clots and re-narrowing of arteries, according to new research. Stents prop open heart arteries to help restore blood flow to the heart, lowering the risk […]

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said. “Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms […]

FDA, health groups call for better strategies to test heart drugs in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration and three major health organizations are calling for a shakeup in how drugs are developed and tested in children with heart disease and other conditions. In a health policy statement issued Thursday, the groups said drug trials must be flexible […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests. In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac […]

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 […]

U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Investment in heart disease research pays dividends in improved health and reduced health costs, but current levels of funding are not keeping up with patient needs, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday. “We invest a mere 2.5 cents per day per […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Giddy up and jam: Horses, music may boost stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A little horsing around to music may be good therapy for stroke survivors. In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapies improved survivors’ perception of recovery, gait, balance, grip strength and cognition years after their stroke. A […]

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 […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association. Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically […]

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 […]

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study. An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart […]

Combo of smaller meds may just be the dose to lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Combined smaller doses of blood pressure medications may be effective with fewer side effects than standard single doses, according to preliminary research. In the first review to compare quarter-dose therapy to standard dose and placebo, researchers found that two medications in combination was just as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study sounds the snooze alarm for people with metabolic syndrome

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting enough sleep may be a life or death matter for people with a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors. In a new study from Penn State University, people with the multiple heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome were […]

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, […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research. Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids […]

More fruits, vegetables a day may keep blockages in legs away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may help keep peripheral artery disease away. In a new study on 3.7 million people, those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had 18 percent lower odds of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heart failure patients readmitted to same hospital may fare better

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart failure patients readmitted to the same hospital within a month are discharged quicker and more likely to survive, according to a new Canadian study. Among 217,039 heart failure patients in Canada from 2004 to 2013, those readmitted to the same hospital were discharged an […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention. The bill, signed into law on Friday by President […]

Study: 70 percent of sodium intake comes from restaurant, processed foods

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Restaurant foods and processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in three U.S. regions, a new study shows. The average level of dietary sodium consumed per day in each region was 3,501 milligrams — over 50 percent more than the […]

Stretching may reduce leg pain in peripheral artery disease patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS MINNEAPOLIS — Simple calf muscle stretching may reduce leg pain when walking and increase blood flow for people with peripheral artery disease, preliminary data suggest. In a study presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions, […]

Compound in red wine may reduce artery stiffness in diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS MINNEAPOLIS — A natural compound in red wine, peanuts, berries and the skin of red grapes may reduce artery stiffness in some people with Type 2 diabetes, new data suggest. In a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study. Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) […]

Speaking Spanish may be key to recruiting more Hispanics for stroke studies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español For years, many U.S. Hispanics have been excluded from treatment studies because they don’t speak English. So a handful of Southern California researchers got creative when recruiting patients for a recent project. Would having Spanish-speaking staff and Spanish-language materials result in significantly […]

Later years ‘golden’ when heart is healthy at middle age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with no major heart disease risk factors in middle age stay healthy and live longer, according to a 40-year study. Compared to those who had two or more high risk factors in middle age, those who reached age 65 without a chronic illness lived […]

Energy drinks may give you more than a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Energy drinks may give you more than a mental and physical boost — and it’s not good for you. According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 32-ounce energy drink with 320 milligrams of caffeine resulted in more profound changes […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest. The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans […]

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 […]

Minorities less likely to get heart device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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. Some healthcare providers are dropping the ball when it comes to treating women and minorities with severe heart failure, […]

Fainting spells may increase risk of workplace accidents, job loss

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People who have fainting spells are more likely to have accidents at work and lose their jobs, new data suggest. In a Danish study, people with recurrent fainting, also known as syncope, had a 1.4-fold increased risk of occupational accidents and a two-fold higher risk of loss of […]

‘Bad’ air may impact ‘good’ cholesterol, increase heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol, according to new research. In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high air pollution levels tended to have lower […]

Japanese study: Unemployment may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Unemployment appears to increase the risk of having a stroke in middle-age men and women, according to a Japanese study. Compared with continuously employed middle-aged Japanese participants, those experiencing at least one period of unemployment had increased risks of developing and dying from ischemic (clot) […]

$3 million award to study role of extracellular matrix in heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Shedding light on how a network of protein fibers that processes data plays a role in heart health is the aim of a new collaboration between two organizations. The American Heart Association and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group will award a pair of $1.5 […]

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 […]

Stem cell patch shows promise in treating heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Patching a damaged heart with a patient’s own muscle stem cells improves symptoms of heart failure, according to a small Japanese study. Researchers made patches out of cells from the thigh muscles of 27 heart failure patients who had limited exercise capacity and weren’t responding […]

New process streamlines care for stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A recently developed process will help streamline initial emergency care for stroke patients. The Severity-based Stroke Triage Algorithm developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides ambulance crews with information and tools to better identify a stroke, assess a patient’s condition and determine the best hospital […]

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study. Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually […]

Veterans with depression, heart disease battle to pay for care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ARLINGTON, Virginia — Veterans with heart disease and depression are more likely than those without depression to struggle paying for medications and medical visits and often report delays in seeking medical care, according to a new study. Compared to veteran heart patients without depression, those […]

Chatting it up with doc helps heart patients take meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ARLINGTON, Virginia — Patients who communicate effectively with their healthcare providers are more likely to comply with their treatment for hardened arteries, according to a new study. Those with good communication with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report using prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin […]

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 […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Her father almost died after his heart stopped beating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Danielle Gregoire was 13 when she almost lost her dad after his heart stopped beating for two minutes on the floor of a local Dallas area YMCA. John Gregoire, then 44 and by all appearances in good health, was lifting free weights when he dropped […]

Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coffee shops and automated teller machines might be ideal locations for automated external defibrillators, new data suggest. In a Toronto, Canada, study, three major chain coffee shops and ATMs at the nation’s five largest banks represented eight of the top 10 spots for out-of-hospital cardiac […]

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 […]

Indigenous South American group has the world’s healthiest arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In the Bolivian Amazon, there’s a group with the healthiest arteries of all populations ever studied. Among the Tsimane (pronounced chee-mah-nay) people – a remote society of foragers and horticulturalists – hardening of the arteries is five times less common than in the United States, […]

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 […]

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 […]

American Heart Association president alarmed by proposed cuts to research funds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Institutes of Health would face a $5.8 billion cut under President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, a steep reduction that the American Heart Association said would be detrimental to the fight against heart disease and stroke – the world’s top two killers. The […]

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 […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight. That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions. Prior studies have […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday. Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy […]

Gluten may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Eating more gluten may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, researchers said Thursday. In a long-term observational study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions., most participants had gluten intake below 12 grams […]

Pokémon Go may help you take steps toward better health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — You may be taking steps — literally — in the right direction for your health by playing the ubiquitous, popular Pokémon Go. In a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the smartphone […]

Lack of fruits, vegetables partly to blame for global heart disease burden

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Millions of years of life lost to early deaths and disability from heart disease could be saved worldwide by eating more fruits and vegetables, a new study shows. For 195 countries, researchers calculated the number of disability-adjusted life years, which are healthy […]

Eating out may be too much of a temptation for dieters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Trying to shed a few pounds or just maintain your weight? Then you may need to cut down on eating out. According to a study presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the […]

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 […]

Only 20 percent of people take meds for hard-to-control high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Only one in five people are taking all their prescribed medications for hard-to-control high blood pressure, new data suggest. Researchers found 20 percent of patients were taking all their medication and 20 percent none of their medication for resistant hypertension, which is high blood pressure. […]

New research teams explore the science of obesity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers are undertaking in-depth new studies into different aspects of obesity to help further understanding of this complex, costly health problem that increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious issues. The research, announced Friday by the American Heart Association, is crucial because […]

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 […]

Hair dryers, electric drills can cause pacemakers to fail under certain conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hair dryers, electric drills and other household appliances can cause pacemakers to fail under certain circumstances. A study published Monday exposed 119 people with pacemakers to a variety of electromagnetic fields. It simulated the effects of electric razors, table fans, washing machines, vacuums, mixers, lawn […]

As drug fails to stop bleeding strokes, brain scan advance proves its worth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — Doctors had hoped a drug used to stop bleeding could be a potential emergency treatment for brain hemorrhages. Now, two parallel trials in Canada and the United States show that recombinant activated coagulation factor VII did not help high-risk patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, […]

Mental health disorders leading to hospital visit may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — People hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health disorders may have an increased risk for stroke, new data suggest. Researchers, who presented their findings Thursday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, said […]

Researcher wins first Dan Adams Award grant for brain study

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON – In helping lead the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation’s unprecedented support of stroke research, Dan Adams always pushed people to think beyond traditional boundaries. So it was only fitting that the foundation honored his passing by creating the Bugher-American Heart Association […]

People with bleeding stroke at higher risk of depression, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — People who have brain bleeds — the most lethal form of stroke — are at significantly higher risk of developing depression and dementia, according to research released Wednesday. Previous studies of depression and stroke have focused on ischemic stroke that’s caused by blockages […]

Headaches far more common in kids than adults who have stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — Children are far more likely than adults to get headaches when having a stroke, a new study suggests. The findings, presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that 6 percent of children under age 3 and 46 percent […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017. In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training […]

Head position after stroke: Up or down?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — Keeping the head elevated is the favored head position for acute stroke patients, but some studies have indicated that lying flat may improve recovery. A new, international study suggests it may not matter. Researchers found no major benefit with sitting up or lying […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017. “The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important […]

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping, report positive outlook

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping and have a more positive perception of caregiving than those who care for whites, according to new research. “Our findings surprised me,” said Lesli Skolarus, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan in […]

Women with mild heart blockage report poorer health, more anxiety and negativity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women with mild heart blockage have poorer health and more anxiety and negative outlooks than men with the same condition, according to new research. In non-obstructive coronary artery disease, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is partially restricted. The blockage of coronary arteries […]