American Heart Association

Medicare to cover simpler, less costly treatment for peripheral artery disease


Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The long-awaited decision means other insurers will likely follow suit.

Medicare will cover the therapy for […]

New AHA president aims for Americans to enjoy good cardiovascular health as they get older


Growing up in Philadelphia, Mark Creager usually could be found on a sandlot or a playground. Baseball was his favorite sport, yet he and his buddies played them all: touch football, handball, basketball or sometimes just making up their own ball game. He enjoyed running […]

Compound in cocoa and other foods may help people with narrowed leg arteries

In a small study, people with narrowed leg arteries walked a little farther, for a longer amount of time after eating dark chocolate, a food high in antioxidants called polyphenols, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

The authors suggest that polyphenols in cocoa may reduce oxidative stress and improve blood […]

PAD risk increases with lower economic status

Low income and lower education levels are associated with an increased risk for peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, arms, head and most commonly in the arteries of […]