American Heart Association

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 […]

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs before cardiac arrest may aid survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to a study released Saturday.

The study from Taiwan researchers was presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart […]

Taking prescribed meds may reduce complications from heart procedures

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who take medications as prescribed are more than twice as likely to not have complications after heart procedures, according to a study released Monday.

The study — published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation — also found that heart bypass surgery patients appear to […]

AHA statement: Manage interactions with statins, heart disease drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease patients should inform their healthcare providers of all drugs they’re taking to manage interactions with cholesterol-lowering medicine, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

“Healthcare providers and their patients who take statins need to be aware that these medications could interact with their other […]