American Heart Association

Long-term study supports less-invasive treatment for clogged neck arteries


Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

One of the most important cardiovascular-related studies of 2016 established that there isn’t much difference between two of the main ways to treat […]

Medicare takes step to cover exercise therapy for PAD patients


A new Medicare proposal would cover supervised exercise therapy for patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, that is causing symptoms, according to a draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and the legs […]

New tool helps predict how treatments affect heart attack, stroke risk


A new tool for doctors and patients will help predict how well four preventive therapies affect long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a special report published Friday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The risk assessment tool, developed […]

CDC: 5 million on Medicare not taking blood pressure meds as prescribed


Only about half of Americans age 65 and older with high blood pressure have it under control, and not taking medications as prescribed might help explain why.

One in four Medicare beneficiaries — about 5 million — are not following doctor’s orders for taking their blood […]

Payment model seeks to cut cardiovascular disease


Healthcare providers who enroll in a new government program can get paid for prevention, while patients will have more say in their health under a new payment model announced Thursday.

The Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction model, part of the Affordable Care Act, gives doctors a […]

Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Hospital evaluations increase, but not created equally

The rate of available public information about healthcare and hospitals has gone from a trickle to a steady stream in the last decade. Now, patients and other consumers have a world of evaluations, ratings and rankings they can use to help them take charge of their healthcare.

But not all […]

Reporting program certification to award incentives for healthcare improvements

The Guidelines Advantage, a healthcare improvement reporting program, was awarded a certification that allows doctors to use it to report quality information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The program, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, was certified on Friday […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]

Most people have access to stroke care, but few get recommended treatment

Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Of the more than 370,000 Medicare stroke claims […]