American Heart Association

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care


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 after […]

Voices for Healthy Kids: Three years, 66 million lives


The Voices for Healthy Kids advocacy initiative released a progress report on Thursday saying the organization’s work has impacted more than 66 million lives over three years.

The report details the work of coalitions of grassroots advocates and organizations throughout the country working on issues of […]

Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?


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Children and teens should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week, according to the American Heart Association’s first-ever scientific statement recommending specific sugar limits for kids.

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Incoming AHA president Houser still driven by dad’s death from heart disease


PHILADELPHIA – Once he relinquished his dream of playing in the NBA, Steven Houser began studying to become a doctor. He was in his second year of medical school at Temple University when he received an unusual call from his mom.

“You’ve got to come home,” […]

New Bugher Foundation research award will fund innovative investigators


LOS ANGELES – The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation, one of the nation’s leading funders of stroke research, announced Wednesday the creation of an award honoring a longtime trustee that will fund innovative investigators.

The inaugural prize went to James Weyhenmeyer, the vice president […]

CPR Throwdown: A fun, intense way for professional lifesavers to sharpen their skills


Here’s what happened:
You ran into Michael Jordan, the pride of North Carolina, at a casino. Now he is in cardiac arrest. You have four minutes to save him.
Can you do it?
In 3, 2, 1 … CPR!
That was the situation given to Paul Nowell and his […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]

Entering the electronic age of medicine

Dr. Michael Deitchman carries his laptop with him as he visits up to 30 young patients each day at Cook Children’s Pediatrics clinic in Hurst, Texas. The computer contains each child’s electronic health record, allowing him to chart the exam and order prescriptions or tests as needed. He also […]

Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study […]

Harry Fozzard, pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, dies

Harry Fozzard, a pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, died Dec. 9 at the age of 83 at his home in Dana, North Carolina.

Fozzard was active in the American Heart Association for decades and was named a Distinguished Scientist in 2005. The Distinguished Scientist designation was created in 2003 […]