American Heart Association

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase stroke risk


People with pacemakers or defibrillators who experience only short episodes of an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation have a very low risk of stroke, according to a study released Monday.

After analyzing 37,000 ECGs of 5,379 patients over two years, researchers found that long […]

Aumack-Bandy felt she was being sent home to die, but resources helped her learn how to live


When a doctor she’d never met walked into Cathy Aumack-Bandy’s hospital room and told her husband that she had severe heart failure and should get her affairs in order, she initially thought he was in the wrong room.

After realizing the diagnosis was hers, the former […]

As disparities persist, a need to educate more heart failure patients about defibrillators


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Despite a decade’s worth of research revealing racial and ethnic disparities among heart failure patients receiving an implantable defibrillator, things aren’t getting any better, according to a new study out this month.

The study, published in Circulation, included more than 21,000 heart failure patients […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life


Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Husband, wife exemplify the importance of knowing CPR

With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR.

He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved.
It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny and their 8-week-old son […]

Heart transplants give two generations a second chance at life

Albert Kurtyka and his family rallied around his mother, Diane Kurtyka, for years as she battled heart disease and, later, when she underwent a life-saving heart transplant.

Surprised and overjoyed, the family learned on New Year’s Eve of 2011 that after months of waiting Diane would receive a donor heart.

By the […]

Prepare for children’s medical emergencies with online training

With more than 9.2 million children being treated by emergency departments for injuries, responding quickly and effectively is an essential skill for anyone who cares for an infant or child. The American Heart Association provides these skills with new online training on first aid and resuscitation.

Using real-life scenarios and […]

Man credits YouTube video for his ability to use CPR during flight emergency

A man flying from New York to San Diego on Delta Air Lines helped save a woman’s life using CPR techniques he learned from watching YouTube, according to ABC News 10 in San Diego.

Mitch Thrower, a La Jolla, Calif., businessman, offered to help when a flight attendant called for […]