American Heart Association

Nurse, stroke survivor dedicated to educating and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teri Ackerson vividly recalls the 1 a.m. call from a friend who was urgently trying to figure out whether someone was having a stroke.

As a nurse who has herself survived a stroke and now works to make sure people get proper stroke treatment, people who […]

Noted genetic researcher Musunuru working on heart disease vaccine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While some people are prone to heart disease despite healthy lifestyles, some others seem immune to the world’s leading cause of death – even if they smoke, don’t exercise or have high blood pressure or other proven health risks.

“Some people are simply born with genes […]

Mobile devices, social media may improve emergency heart, stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Mobile devices, social media, visual media and crowdsourcing have potential to improve emergency care for cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke, according to a new scientific statement.

The statement, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, is based on studies that evaluated the effectiveness of digital […]

RaqC’s life changes course after mom’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Raquel Cordova’s life changed course after witnessing her mother’s stroke as a young girl. Now, the longtime TV and radio personality and blogger is raising awareness about being heart-healthy and preventing stroke to women throughout Southern California.

Cordova, who goes by the name RaqC, […]

Puerto Ricans in poorer health than other U.S. Hispanics

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Puerto Rican adults living in the United States appear to have the worst health among not only their Hispanic peers, but also compared with non-Hispanic Americans, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The researchers note that considering there […]

Stroke survivor finds a ‘new normal’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kristen Powers, an athlete throughout her adult life, was doing a training ride for an upcoming half Ironman competition, when she had a minor crash.

With a gashed forehead, the then-33-year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida, was taken to the hospital, stitched up and released. She was […]

AHA awards $2M to visionary scientists

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association on Friday awarded its first Merit Awards to fund highly promising investigators who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches.

The awards, each for $1 million doled out over five years, went to a researcher at […]

Midlife fitness linked to lower stroke risk later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The more fit you are in midlife, the less likely you are to have a stroke after age 65, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

“We all hear that exercise is good for you, but many people still don’t do it,” […]

U.S. death rate rises slightly in 2015, as heart disease deaths level off

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The overall death rate among Americans after adjusting for age rose slightly in 2015 — the first increase in a decade — with heart disease deaths basically flat and stroke deaths on the rise, preliminary federal data show.

The numbers out this week from […]

African-Americans having more strokes younger, more likely to die than whites

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been known that middle-aged blacks are more likely to die of stroke than whites.

Now researchers know why: African-Americans are having more strokes at younger ages.

The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study — published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke — […]