American Heart Association

Healthy portions can be loving way to approach the holidays


With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to start looking at heart-healthy approaches to the holiday’s dinner.

Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., a nutrition professor at Penn State University and volunteer for the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee, said the first tip she would give is to “think health.” […]

‘1 Team, 1 Vision’ — AHA, Google Life Sciences launch $50 million project


ORLANDO, Florida — While some incredible breakthroughs have come from the traditional way of fighting cardiovascular disease, it remains the No. 1 killer of Americans. So why not shake things up?

Google Life Sciences Chief Executive Andy Conrad suggested a radical new approach to American Heart […]

Tiny fish hearts atrophy in space, study finds


Would fish do swimmingly in outer space, or would their muscle tissue shrink like those of human astronauts floating in zero gravity?

Japanese scientists had this question in mind when they sent groups of medaka fish into space to learn what happens to their hearts. What […]

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 […]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commits to Voices for Healthy Kids


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has committed $16 million in funding for the third year of Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative with the American Heart Association.

“Voices for Healthy Kids is truly a driving force of the national movement for healthier communities. We focus […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

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 […]

Life is Why: The American Heart Association

Survivors of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases gathered at the 2014 Faces of Heart Fest event in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate and share their progress with family and friends.

Many families with children affected by congenital heart defects were present since Nashville was the pilot site for the children’s […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Camper. Hiker. Triathlete. And at 23, a stroke survivor

Nicky Leto was about as active as a 23-year-old woman could be. She liked to hike, camp, swim and compete in triathlons.

One morning, Nicky awoke with a headache and numb arm. She didn’t worry much – at least, not at first. She had occasional headaches because of a past […]

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 […]