American Heart Association

How one young woman eventually found out she’d had a mini-stroke


Amanda Thompson was happy and the picture of good health. Life was good.

Then on March 14, 2015, she felt an “intense pain” at the back of her neck near the end of a body pump class at the gym.

“I couldn’t finish,” Thompson said. “I got […]

Art born of fear inspires a new view of heart disease


The proper name for those teardrop-shaped, adhesive bits of plastic that attach wires to your body for cardiac tests is “leads.” More casually, they’re called “stickies.”

Some people see them and think of mildly uncomfortable procedures, anxiety about the results, or the slight sting when the […]

High levels of exhaled carbon monoxide linked to increased stroke risk


High levels of exhaled carbon monoxide was associated with a greater risk of future stroke and transient ischemic attack among seemingly healthy adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the human body as […]

Stroke education aids in symptom recognition, faster responses


Intense education can help stroke survivors quickly recognize symptoms of a subsequent stroke and seek prompt treatment, according to a study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Few stroke patients arrive at an emergency department within three hours of symptom onset. The Food […]

CDC report finds emergency room visits declined for stroke and TIA


The rate of emergency room visits for strokes is dropping among all adults, but especially among those over 55, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2001 to 2011, the rate of emergency department visits for either […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

Mini-stroke’ may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder

A “mini-stroke” may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Transient ischemic attack, like stroke, is caused by restricted blood supply to the brain. A TIA is temporary and often lasts less than five minutes, without causing permanent brain […]

High stress, hostility, depression may up stroke risk

Having a lot of stress, hostility and depression was associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research.

A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers studied how psychological factors […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Major strokes leads to major life changes – for the better

Owning a bar is tough. Owning two bars is tougher.

Owning two bars and a restaurant? Well, no wonder Andrew Fisher worked 18 hours a day, six days a week.

And did we mention he also had twin sons in diapers?

So when Andrew got headaches excruciating enough to force him to […]