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Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Discovering gene culprits could speed heart failure treatment, prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Think of heart failure as a serious plumbing problem. It happens when the heart can’t pump enough […]

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 […]

Smokers more likely to have conditions that lead to heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers without obvious signs of heart disease are more likely to have thickened heart walls and reduced heart pumping ability — conditions that increase risk of heart failure, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study also found that higher rates of cumulative cigarette exposure — […]

Remote monitoring of heart devices saves money, but not lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For heart failure patients, they symbolized a way their medical providers could monitor their cardiovascular health, unobtrusively and from afar. But new research shows that remote monitoring of implantable electronic devices may not add any benefit or value for patients who have them.

Regular remote monitoring […]

Clinging to the promise of heart stem cell therapy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The promise of stem cell therapy has excited cardiovascular scientists for years. In theory, tackling heart failure with stem cells makes sense. Weak or scarred heart muscle is a major cause of heart failure, so using regenerative stem cells to repair scar tissue appears to […]

Charity bike ride, cookout Saturday in Virginia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Six years after battling cancer, Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda learned in 2014 that she had congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart that was working at a quarter of its capacity.

Rodriguez-Zepeda, a 41-year-old former Marine, decided to use her love of motorcycles to help spread the word […]

Adults who develop asthma may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who develop asthma as adults may be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research.

“Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” said Matthew C. Tattersall, […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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 […]

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