American Heart Association

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in […]

AHA introduces smartphone app to help heart attack survivors manage their heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association introduced a free smartphone app at the beginning of May to help heart attack survivors better manage their heart health.

The “My Cardiac Coach” app helps monitor vital statistics, tracks medicine and gives exercises reminders.

“The app is full of great information. It […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]

Long-term study supports less-invasive treatment for clogged neck arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

One of the most important cardiovascular-related studies of 2016 established that there isn’t much difference between two of the main ways to treat […]

Patients don’t know how to best manage their cholesterol, survey finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most people with high cholesterol are not sure how to manage the potentially deadly condition, according to a survey from the American Heart Association.

Nearly one in three American adults has high levels of LDL cholesterol, according to AHA statistics. It’s a serious health risk, because […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health.

But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go Red […]

Pricey cholesterol drug cuts heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A highly anticipated study has found that the new cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab can reduce heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.

The findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, showed that the […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The Arias family gatherings are about food.

The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving to the […]

Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research.

The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: […]

Moderate alcohol intake may slow good cholesterol’s decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Moderate drinking was associated with slower declines in high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol, over time, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers followed alcohol consumption and HDL levels for more than six years in a […]