American Heart Association

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 […]

AHA statement: high blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the statement is based on multiple studies and explains how high blood pressure influences brain […]

Anger, heavy physical exertion may cause heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Here’s another reason to keep your emotions and physical activities in check: You may trigger a heart attack.

In a large international study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation:

Angry/emotionally upset participants had more than twice the risk of the onset of heart attack […]

Calum MacRae: The man behind the $75 million bid to wipe out coronary heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

BOSTON – During his first hour with this new patient – a woman who suffered a stroke in her 20s and now, in her 30s, grapples with debilitating migraines – Dr. Calum MacRae begins learning all about her.

He starts with typical questions, such as where it […]

Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign to appear in World Series broadcast

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign with the American Heart Association is headed to the World Series … on a bow tie.

Longtime baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal wears a different bowtie with a charity tie-in during each game broadcast by Fox. On […]

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