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Stem cell patch shows promise in treating heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patching a damaged heart with a patient’s own muscle stem cells improves symptoms of heart failure, according to a small Japanese study.

Researchers made patches out of cells from the thigh muscles of 27 heart failure patients who had limited exercise capacity and weren’t responding well […]

Many to walk in honor of Florida furniture entrepreneur’s memory

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kevin Koenig had a heart of gold, but it suffered from disease.

At age 41, the South Florida furniture king suffered his first heart attack. He scoffed when doctors told him he needed bypass surgery and did his own research while recovering at home. It was […]

Wanted: More Hispanic and Latino heart doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Tony Urey, M.D., went into medicine for the same reason many of his medical school friends did: to give their low-income Hispanic and Latino communities better health care. Many of those students became family doctors, but Urey decided to specialize in the heart.

The […]

Precision medicine institute launches call for research applications

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and Bayer announced Thursday they will work together to advance research in three critical areas: cerebral small vessel disease, chronic kidney disease and heart failure.

The AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine is now accepting applications for three AHA-Bayer Innovation and Discovery […]

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 […]

Detroit man transforms lifestyle to overcome heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Protecting his health never entered the mind of James Young II during his 20s and 30s.

Exercise ended with his school years, and his diet largely consisted of fast food and microwaveable meals. He was also a heavy smoker and frequently met friends for a beer […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]

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 […]

Clues to heart failure could lie in the blood

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.

Heart failure means the heart can’t keep up with its workload — providing your body with the […]

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 […]