American Heart Association

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

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 […]

Study sounds the snooze alarm for people with metabolic syndrome

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Getting enough sleep may be a life or death matter for people with a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors.

In a new study from Penn State University, people with the multiple heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome were more […]

Heart failure patients readmitted to same hospital may fare better

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart failure patients readmitted to the same hospital within a month are discharged quicker and more likely to survive, according to a new Canadian study.

Among 217,039 heart failure patients in Canada from 2004 to 2013, those readmitted to the same hospital were discharged an average […]

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 […]

Energy drinks may give you more than a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Energy drinks may give you more than a mental and physical boost — and it’s not good for you.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 32-ounce energy drink with 320 milligrams of caffeine resulted in more profound changes in […]

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 […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural teeth […]

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries prematurely

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drinking alcohol heavily over years may prematurely age your arteries — increasing heart disease risk, according to a U.K. study.

Researchers found that men were more likely to be heavy drinkers and were at risk for accelerated rates of arterial stiffness that interferes with blood flow […]