American Heart Association

Those touched by CVD can help focus future research


Few know better the challenges faced when making healthcare decision than those directly affected. That’s why, as part of new crowdsourcing research, the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute are asking heart, vascular and stroke disease survivors and their caregivers for their […]

President Obama declares February as American Heart Month


President Obama continued his focus on improving the nation’s health this week by declaring February as American Heart Month and kick starting the annual awareness campaign against the nation’s No. 1 killer.

The tradition of American Heart Month began with President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964.

“Affecting […]

Blood tests reveal early signs of cardiovascular disease risk in obese African-American teens


Long before they have symptoms, blood tests in obese African-American teens, especially girls, reveal immune system changes linked to greater cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2015 Scientific Sessions.

“Obesity in the formative years is already […]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke


African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but […]

Positive factors in youth linked to better heart health later in life

Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Positive psychosocial factors include growing up in a family that practices healthy habits, is financially secured, is a stable emotional environment, and where children learn to control aggressiveness […]

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Hispanic women with multiple births may face increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Hispanic women who have five or more successful births may have a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with no or fewer births, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers analyzed 855 Hispanic women 45 years and older who were […]

Vital exhaustion may raise risk of first-time cardiovascular disease

Fatigue, increased irritability and feeling demoralized — a combination known as vital exhaustion — may raise the risk of first-time cardiovascular disease in otherwise healthy men and women, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Researchers examined the relationship between vital exhaustion and first-time heart […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
Burke started the day working out with the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]

No decision yet by FDA about testosterone limits suggested by panel

Limitations on how testosterone is used and marketed remain under consideration at the Food and Drug Administration following a recent advisory panel recommendation.

The Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee made two recommendations to the agency at a joint meeting […]