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More heart attacks follow Hurricane Katrina, other natural disasters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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In the months after Hurricane Katrina, a group of young cardiologists in New Orleans had a hunch.

They seemed to be getting more heart attack patients in the emergency department at Tulane Medical Center than before the hurricane devastated the city in August 2005. […]

Heart attack hasn’t kept veteran runner from competing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tom Burns jumped in the shower after finishing the 5-mile Shamrock Run in the subfreezing temperatures that are familiar to residents of Buffalo, New York. It’s a race the veteran runner had done a number of times.

But once in the warm water, something didn’t feel […]

Young mother’s heart stops during school holiday party

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dec. 17, 2015, began as a festive day.

Lauri Evans hosted a Christmas party at Oakwell Academy, an elementary school she co-founded in College Station, Texas, on the last day before the holiday break.

After escorting a student out of the building to leave early, Lauri was […]

Notable deaths of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease and stroke touch people from all walks of life, including celebrities. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17 million people a year. Here is a look at some of the well-known people with […]

Making changes to prevent a second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Julie Kubala went to the hospital last year thinking her flu had progressed to pneumonia.

It hadn’t. She was having a heart attack caused by a significant blockage found in her left anterior descending aorta.

Kubala, 48, required a stent and months of constant attention to her […]

Pat Kirby helped inspire movie, now inspiring giving

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the 1980s, Pat Kirby helped to inspire the character Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, which in turn inspired countless women to apply for jobs in the FBI.

Today, the 67-year-old heart attack survivor is inspiring people in a much different role — […]

Elderly heart attack survivors rarely picked up stop-smoking prescriptions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Elderly smokers who were discharged from the hospital after having a heart attack rarely filled prescriptions for medications that might help them quit smoking. That was despite being counseled about the need to quit during their hospital stay.

According to a preliminary study […]

AHA president recalls his scientific journey, passion to save others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Over his first 25 years in cardiology research, American Heart Association President Steven Houser contributed to the science that showed that the cardiac muscle cells able to survive a heart attack become weakened and so worn out that heart failure sets in. […]

Marijuana use may be linked to temporarily weakened heart muscle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Active marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle malfunction that can mimic heart attack symptoms, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

The researchers found that marijuana users were almost twice as […]

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 […]

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