American Heart Association

Coordinated response cuts time to treat deadliest heart attacks


People having the most deadly type of heart attack received lifesaving treatment sooner when emergency medical services and hospital providers used a coordinated system, according to a new study.

The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems Accelerator demonstration project created regional care systems to increase […]

Sleep disorders may increase risk of heart events after procedure to open blocked arteries


People with sleep disorders may have a higher risk of death, heart failure and stroke after having a procedure to open blocked heart arteries, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Acute coronary syndrome is an umbrella term for conditions […]

New wireless ECG saves treatment time for people with severe heart attacks

A new trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG can identify the most severe type of heart attack swiftly and save significant time from ambulance to angioplasty, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.
An ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart and helps medical […]

French study links early PCI to improved survival rates

People who received percutaneous coronary intervention early after non-trauma, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest lived significantly longer than those who didn’t, in a French study presented Saturday at the ReSuscitation Science Symposium.

“Our work suggests that the systematic use of PCI in all cardiac arrest patients admitted in the intensive care unit […]

Calling 911 important to get prompt treatment

Timothy “Mitch” Mitchell was one of the lucky ones. A diabetic and a longtime smoker, he experienced some burning sensations in his chest off and on for a few days, but thought it was “from the cold” September days in Wisconsin.

After the burning pain “got worse” and wouldn’t go […]