American Heart Association

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]

Hollywood and tobacco: Movie characters still lighting up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Filmmakers are having a hard time kicking the habit, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite earlier declines in tobacco use in youth-rated movies, that progress has stalled since 2010.

Between 2010 and 2016, the total number of times tobacco […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention.

The bill, signed into law on Friday by President Trump, […]

FDA commissioner calls for information sharing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Researchers, healthcare providers and patients all must recognize that sharing information is key to the future of medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf said Sunday.

Califf, speaking during the annual Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture during the American […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in the […]

CDC: 5 million on Medicare not taking blood pressure meds as prescribed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Only about half of Americans age 65 and older with high blood pressure have it under control, and not taking medications as prescribed might help explain why.

One in four Medicare beneficiaries — about 5 million — are not following doctor’s orders for taking their blood […]

U.S. death rate rises slightly in 2015, as heart disease deaths level off

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The overall death rate among Americans after adjusting for age rose slightly in 2015 — the first increase in a decade — with heart disease deaths basically flat and stroke deaths on the rise, preliminary federal data show.

The numbers out this week from […]

CDC awards second round of grants to community health programs

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday a second round of funding to the American Heart Association and other national organizations for its Partnerships to Improve Community Health program.

The initiative works to reduce the number of people with chronic diseases and helps underserved groups, […]