American Heart Association

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

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. […]

Wear Red Day at Scientific Sessions draws attention to women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Annabelle Santos Volgman, a Chicago cardiologist, has a suggestion for her male colleagues on Wear Red Day at the upcoming American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in New Orleans.

“Some of the men wear red sneakers or red jackets,” she said. “I think they should wear […]

Cardiac scientists and practitioners converge on the land of beignets and jambalaya

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Thousands of healthcare providers and scientists are gathering to explore the latest research in heart disease and related health problems during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions — widely considered the premier U.S. cardiovascular science conference.

Renowned experts in cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of […]

Surgeon General: Medical professionals must boost emphasis on prevention

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — As a youngster in Miami, Vivek Murthy enjoyed hanging out at his dad’s primary-care practice. Being around those patients and learning their problems prompted an insightful diagnosis: So much of what brought them into the office was preventable.

These days, as Surgeon General […]

Plan dramatically reduces risks of heart disease, death, amputation in PAD patients

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida – A risk reduction plan dramatically reduced the risk of amputations, heart attack, stroke or death for people with peripheral artery disease, according to new research presented Monday at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

PAD affects the legs the same way that […]

New era of Precision Medicine closer to reality

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The end of Daylight Savings Time was a sleep disrupter. Body clocks had to adjust.

How’d it go for you? What happened to your sleep rhythms? Did you have other health ramifications?

Sensors and other technological advances can generate such raw data and a new era is […]

‘1 Team, 1 Vision’ — AHA, Google Life Sciences launch $50 million project

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — While some incredible breakthroughs have come from the traditional way of fighting cardiovascular disease, it remains the No. 1 killer of Americans. So why not shake things up?

Google Life Sciences Chief Executive Andy Conrad suggested a radical new approach to American Heart […]

AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many people of his generation, Nathaniel Creager spent the prime years of his life with a constant companion: cigarettes.

He fired through three packs of unfiltered Chesterfields daily for about 30 years. Later in life, after he’d finally quit, his legs hurt when he walked […]

Tiny fish hearts atrophy in space, study finds

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Would fish do swimmingly in outer space, or would their muscle tissue shrink like those of human astronauts floating in zero gravity?

Japanese scientists had this question in mind when they sent groups of medaka fish into space to learn what happens to their hearts. What […]