American Heart Association

Warning labels could impact kids’ sugary drink choices

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Health-related warning labels could impact whether adolescents buy sugary drinks, according to a study released this week that looked at kids’ hypothetical choices after being exposed to the labels.

Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the online study included 2,202 demographically diverse children 12 […]

Resuscitation organizations join forces to up cardiac arrest survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association, Resuscitation Academy Foundation of Seattle, Washington, and Laerdal Medical have joined forces to create the Resuscitation Academy Collaborative, a group leading U.S. efforts to improve cardiac arrest survival. The move is part of a larger global effort to improve worldwide cardiac […]

Conjoined twins defy death with surgery that separates their hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Jacquelyn Clark found out she was pregnant with twins, her joy turned quickly to despair. Scans showed the girls were conjoined at the heart and liver. Their chances of surviving were slim.

But on Wednesday, doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital […]

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.

Publishing in the […]

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 […]