American Heart Association

Organizations crowdsource patients and researchers to ease treatment dilemmas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Existing research doesn’t always reveal a clear choice for cardiovascular disease and stroke patients and their caregivers, especially for understudied groups of people.

To help, the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute issued a crowdsourcing challenge in May to learn more from patients. […]

Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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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Finance executive seeks the best for AHA funds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Carl Rafiepour proves that you don’t have to be an expert in heart disease or stroke to help save lives. The finance executive got involved with the American Heart Association more than 20 years ago.

“For volunteering to be a joyful, long-term commitment, what you get […]

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

An essential element in the human body, magnesium is found in whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Researchers have long debated whether magnesium plays a role in regulating […]

Nurse, stroke survivor dedicated to educating and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teri Ackerson vividly recalls the 1 a.m. call from a friend who was urgently trying to figure out whether someone was having a stroke.

As a nurse who has herself survived a stroke and now works to make sure people get proper stroke treatment, people who […]

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States — creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data for all ages, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In the first contemporary assessment of […]

Royse ready for second year as AHA chairman

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Before beginning his second year as the American Heart Association’s chairman, Al Royse chatted with a woman whose pointed question still sticks with him:

“Why is there no outrage over death from preventable causes?”

As he thought about it more, the question became even more troubling for […]

Blood test may not be effective in predicting heart transplant outcomes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A blood test that leads to donor hearts being rejected may not effectively predict whether a heart transplant will succeed or fail, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Many transplant centers routinely reject hearts if donors’ blood tests reveal […]

Experts criticize new study about salt consumption

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new study suggests reducing excessive salt benefits some people with high blood pressure, but low-sodium diets don’t help people with lower risks for heart disease, stroke or death – findings that were quickly criticized by medical experts as unreliable due to faulty scientific methods.

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New Bugher Foundation research award will fund innovative investigators

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]