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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 […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City say […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

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.

Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]

Cancer drug could double as weapon against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An experimental cancer drug appears to help regenerate damaged heart muscle — an unexpected finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure.

The findings from UT Southwestern Medical Center were published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Many parts of the body, such as […]

Nearly two decades later, heart attack survivor learns what killed her sister

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eve Walker was 12 when her 16-year-old sister Louise collapsed at a party and died on the dance floor.

Sixteen years later, in 2002, Walker had a heart attack.

She’d been having shortness of breath and dull chest pains for several days. But it wasn’t until she […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high blood […]

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 […]