American Heart Association

Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.

The recommendations released Wednesday by the American Heart Association and American College […]

First fainting guidelines issued to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fainting could be a sign of a serious heart problem and should be evaluated by a doctor, say new guidelines from three leading heart organizations.

The guidelines, issued Thursday by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society, are the first such […]

Bariatric surgery may reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Bariatric surgery and other treatments that cause substantial weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of heart failure in obese patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers compared 25,804 bariatric surgery patients in a Scandinavian […]

Treatment guidelines: PAD patients should take statins, blood thinners

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — All people with peripheral artery disease in their legs should take statins and blood thinners to reduce their risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes, according to treatment guidelines published Sunday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Experts […]

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, developed […]

AHA, ACC to offer hospital cardiovascular accreditation services

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

U.S. hospitals and other institutions will have access to comprehensive cardiovascular accreditation services in 2017 through a new collaboration between the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

The services focus on cardiac care — including chest pain, cardiac catheterization, atrial fibrillation and heart failure — […]

Low-dose aspirin as effective as high-dose aspirin at preventing future heart attacks

If a loved one is treated for a heart attack and is placed on daily aspirin therapy, consider checking with the physician about the appropriate dosage.

While the current American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines call for low-dose aspirin (81 mg), a recent study by UT Southwestern […]

Patients should talk to doctors before changing dosage on anti-clotting drug

A recent report questions whether more could be done to prevent side-effects and improve effectiveness of the anti-clotting drug dabigatran, but medical experts urge people to continue taking the medication as prescribed unless their physician says otherwise.

The drug, sold under the brand name Pradaxa, is one of a relatively […]

Questions raised about managing dabigatran’s risks

Q. What did the British Medical Journal article say about dabigatran/Pradaxa and its manufacturer?

The journal released a report questioning whether drugmaker Boehringer-Ingelheim fully disclosed all it knew about how doctors could possibly lower the risk of bleeding side effects of Pradaxa by measuring blood levels or the anti-clotting effects […]

Study backs guidelines: People with hypertension should get top number below 140

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what treatment guidelines currently recommend — people with high blood pressure should get their top number below 140.

Getting that top number, called the systolic blood pressure, under 120, however, does not provide additional health benefits, according to the study published in […]