American Heart Association

Policymakers put money toward initiatives that should encourage healthy habits


City leaders and policymakers around the nation are getting behind measures meant to encourage healthier habits.

In New York City, millions have been earmarked to beef up physical education in public schools. In Massachusetts, policymakers have funded improvements to encourage an active transportation lifestyle. And Los […]

Must be 21 to purchase tobacco in California


California has become the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

In addition to making it illegal to sell cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under 21, Brown signed additional bills […]

Kaiser Permanente awards $2.55 million grant to AHA

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has awarded a $2.55 million grant to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve  blood pressure control for African-Americans in two U.S. cities over a three year period.

The program will depend on community-based efforts as well as doctors and patients […]

Sugary drinks debate heads to Washington

The debate over sugar-loaded drinks and obesity is headed to Washington, as part of legislation introduced to tax manufacturers for every teaspoon of sugar in beverages.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who has said she doesn’t expect her bill to even come up for a vote, hopes the proposal she […]

State initiatives and recent developments involving sugar-sweetened beverages

Some state initiatives and recent developments involving sugar-sweetened beverages:

The California Senate in early June passed a “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act,” which would require a warning label on bottles and cans of sugar-sweetened drinks sold in the state that contain 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces.
The Los […]

Frequent ER visits for heart failure place burden on healthcare system

Nearly 80 percent of hospitalized heart failure patients come to the emergency room, illuminating the burden the condition plays on healthcare systems, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

More than 5 million Americans are living with heart failure. The more […]

Heart disease No. 1 cause of pregnancy-related deaths in California

Heart disease is the leading cause of women’s pregnancy-related deaths in California — but nearly one-third could be prevented, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Maternal death rates have been increasing in California and the United States since the mid-1990s, according to statistics from […]