American Heart Association

Being fit helps man survive the deadliest of heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When John Harrity turned 40, he made a bucket list of 50 things he wanted to do by the time he turned 50.

“It was really hard coming up with that many, so one of them I just wrote was to get my body fat under […]

Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations.

One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart disease […]

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more likely […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.

An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found […]

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association.

The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, […]

Cardiac rehabilitation helps survivors deal with the aftermath of a heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After her heart attack, Michelle Robinson regularly feared she was going to die.

She had had a small artery that was 80 to 90 percent blocked that her doctor thought was best to treat through medication and a heart-healthy diet rather than surgery. She was afraid […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]

Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For weeks, Roxanne Watson thought she’d pulled a muscle in her back.

“I worked in a retail store and was helping unload merchandise from a truck when I felt this pain,” recalls Watson, 62, who lives in Nanuet, New York.

After taking a couple of aspirin she […]

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]