American Heart Association

Researcher at forefront of AHA’s precision medicine efforts honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Very early in life, Joseph Loscalzo saw how merciless heart disease can be.

After his grandmother suffered a series of heart attacks, there was very little doctors could do. She was hospitalized and placed on bed rest, basically surviving through her final decades. Today’s modern medical […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions […]

U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Investment in heart disease research pays dividends in improved health and reduced health costs, but current levels of funding are not keeping up with patient needs, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Monday.

“We invest a mere 2.5 cents per day per U.S. […]

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study.

An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart rhythm […]

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became […]

Study: 70 percent of sodium intake comes from restaurant, processed foods

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Restaurant foods and processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in three U.S. regions, a new study shows.

The average level of dietary sodium consumed per day in each region was 3,501 milligrams — over 50 percent more than the maximum […]

Later years ‘golden’ when heart is healthy at middle age

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with no major heart disease risk factors in middle age stay healthy and live longer, according to a 40-year study.

Compared to those who had two or more high risk factors in middle age, those who reached age 65 without a chronic illness lived an […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans that […]

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coffee shops and automated teller machines might be ideal locations for automated external defibrillators, new data suggest.

In a Toronto, Canada, study, three major chain coffee shops and ATMs at the nation’s five largest banks represented eight of the top 10 spots for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest […]