American Heart Association

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 […]

Stress management may enhance cardiac rehab, improve recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adding stress management to cardiac rehabilitation improves recovery in people with heart disease, researchers reported Monday.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs do not routinely offer stress management, but that could change should demand increase, said the study’s lead researcher James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences […]

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 […]

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Although supervised aerobic physical activity is a proven therapy for heart failure patients, lack of social support and practical barriers such as lack of transportation, keep many patients from benefiting from cardiac rehab programs, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mom’s heart attack made AHA mission personal for staffer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 63, Kay Machyniak of Wausau, Wisconsin, was working to reduce her risk for heart disease.

While she could do nothing about her family history of problems, she quit her heavy smoking habit. She also lost weight.

She feared that it wasn’t enough. She was often short […]

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 […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]