American Heart Association

‘Queen of Hearts’ aims to inspire

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time.

Rekash first learned she had a congenital heart condition in 2000, when […]

Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen isn’t afraid to talk about his heart condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen vividly recalls the day his heart went “out of whack.”

Five years ago, the then-23-year-old pitcher was working out with teammates before a game that evening against the Colorado Rockies.

“I was doing sprinting and other conditioning, where your heart rate […]

New measures could improve atrial fibrillation treatment, lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New treatment performance and quality measures released Monday will be used to assess quality of care and identify areas for improvement for patients with atrial fibrillation.

As many as 6.1 million Americans were living with atrial fibrillation in 2010. Also known as AFib, the condition involves […]

Cryptogenic stroke: Explaining the unexplained

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

College student Scott Thompson was kicking a soccer ball in the school gym when his head started playing tricks on him.

“I felt a click and a cool rush sensation,” he said. “It felt like somebody was pouring cool water on my head.”

He stopped, thinking a […]

Heart of 29 campaign hits LA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

LOS ANGELES — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew and his Heart of 29 campaign to boost awareness and prevention of heart disease expanded to a vast new audience Monday night through a series of events before and during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers […]

Irregular heartbeat may affect physical performance in older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

An irregular heartbeat can affect more than your heart.

Atrial fibrillation — the most common type of irregular heartbeat — also accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia […]

Searching for answers about cryptogenic stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

LOS ANGELES _ Most doctors are uncertain about approaches to finding the cause of mysterious and life-threatening events called “cryptogenic strokes,” and about half of healthcare providers say they don’t know enough about them, according to a report released Wednesday.

A stroke is usually caused by […]

AFib patients don’t need ‘bridging’ before surgery

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

Preparing for surgery has become simpler and safer for most atrial fibrillation patients after a practice-changing study found they can temporarily […]

Too many festive holiday drinks can take a toll on your heart health

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Feel free to enjoy a drink or two this holiday season — just be careful while decking those halls.

That’s the advice from cardiologists who see patients with an irregular heartbeat caused by drinking too much alcohol, a problem known as “holiday heart syndrome.”

“Holiday heart syndrome is […]

Less is more in ablation treatment for persistent AFib

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

It’s not necessary to burn extra tissue in the heart when treating persistent atrial fibrillation, or AFib, according to new research.

AFib, […]