American Heart Association

Many heart patients aren’t prescribed cardiac rehabilitation, despite benefits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation programs can boost independence and quality of life for older adults, especially after hospitalization for heart disease, but it’s not always prescribed, according to a scientific statement published Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Cardiac rehabilitation provides exercise training, advice for handling stress and […]

Making changes to prevent a second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Julie Kubala went to the hospital last year thinking her flu had progressed to pneumonia.

It hadn’t. She was having a heart attack caused by a significant blockage found in her left anterior descending aorta.

Kubala, 48, required a stent and months of constant attention to her […]

New initiative aims to reduce repeat heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association is launching an education campaign aimed at reducing the number of repeat or recurrent heart attacks.

The plan is to arm survivors with a few simple, but effective action steps that can lower their risk of having another heart attack.

“Our message is […]

Volunteers take to the Hill for cardiac rehab

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Supporters of legislation that would allow physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners to directly supervise cardiac rehabilitation programs under Medicare took their message to 30 congressional offices on Tuesday.

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program that includes exercise training, education on heart-healthy living […]

Star Jones credits cardiac rehab with getting her life back

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When television personality Star Jones prepared for heart surgery, she knew she had a lot more life to live. Embarking on post-surgery cardiac rehabilitation proved crucial in her successful recovery.

“There’s no question that preventive open-heart surgery saved my life. But there is also no question […]

Survivors, lawmakers call for expanded access to cardiac rehab

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation could help the roughly 965,000 Americans who suffer a coronary event each year, as well as patients diagnosed with heart failure. Yet research has found that only one-eighth of all eligible Medicare beneficiaries participate in cardiac rehab programs.

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised […]

Cardiac rehab coverage expands for chronic heart failure patients with symptoms

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medicare’s and Medicaid’s newly extended cardiac rehabilitation coverage for chronic heart failure patients with symptoms has tripled the number who are now eligible, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Chronic heart failure patients are at high risk for serious […]

Young heart attack survivor pushes physical limits in new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nick Weber had his life all planned out. He had just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and was studying to become a doctor. Then, at age 22, he had a heart attack.

It happened in 2013 while cycling at White Rock Lake in […]