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Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

New heart pump works better than older model

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A next-generation heart pump outperformed an older version in advanced heart failure patients, early results from a new study found.

The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, take on the function of pumping blood to the body. For some of the […]

New device helps ease symptoms of heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — People with a type of heart failure for which there are no treatments saw their symptoms improve using a heart device to improve blood flow to the body, a new study suggests.

About half of heart failure patients have a type called heart […]

Prices for generic heart failure drugs vary widely

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Prices for generic drugs to treat heart failure can vary so widely that uninsured patients may not be able to afford them, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 175 pharmacies in the greater St. Louis area encompassing eastern Missouri and neighboring Illinois to […]

Poor sleep may increase risk for irregular heart rhythms

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Disruptions in sleep may be raising your risks of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for […]

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. […]

Drug therapy, LVAD helps severe heart failure patients recover function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — More than a third of advanced heart failure patients treated with a combination of an artificial heart assist device, called a left ventricular assist device and intensive drug therapy have recovered their heart function enough to allow removal of the device.

The preliminary results […]

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 […]