Exposure to violence may up cardiovascular risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Mexican women who experience violence as adults may be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that exposure to violence is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — an […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all. Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing […]

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago. First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier. That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people. Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too. “My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant. He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — […]

Climbing to the mountaintop to tell her message

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and could have settled into a quiet life, relishing her renewed health and extra years without a lot of excitement. But that was never the plan for her, or her husband Craig. “We wanted to do something […]

Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study. In general, the findings are good news because they show […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone. “I […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday. The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back. Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest. In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven […]

Knowing heart attack symptoms postpartum

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The terrifying chest pains and tightness started two weeks after Bronwyn Pullin had her baby boy. “I brushed it off as anxiety about a new baby and all the changes that come with it,” said Pullin. “I would try laying down, moving around or eating. […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday. The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate. With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health. But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural […]

Son continues March Madness tradition in mom’s honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Jeff Logan was a teenager when he started bonding over basketball with his mom, Pat. This will be the eighth year he’s had to fill out his NCAA tournament bracket without her. But Jeff, now 53, rallies others to do it in her memory. Pat […]

Nothing could slow down this busy working mom — until her stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lilian Tsi Stielstra was a couch potato. But at age 46, that changed. Waking on a Saturday in 2010 in her San Francisco home, she recalls feeling tired. She brushed it off as stress from her demanding bank sales job. Walking up the stairs, she […]

Women with mild heart blockage report poorer health, more anxiety and negativity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women with mild heart blockage have poorer health and more anxiety and negative outlooks than men with the same condition, according to new research. In non-obstructive coronary artery disease, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is partially restricted. The blockage of coronary arteries […]

African-American women at risk for heart disease report greater loneliness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — African-American women at risk for heart disease face more loneliness than white women, a new study suggests. The findings, released Tuesday as part of a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that black women were about twice as […]

Katie Holmes, other celebrities share why they wear red

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Celebrities and heart disease survivors turned the runway red last week when they showed off fiery fashions created by designers for the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. The fashion show helped kick off New York Fashion Week, which ends Thursday. As part of […]

Rocking the red dress to put women’s heart disease in the national spotlight

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW YORK — They smiled, laughed, danced and sang down the runway. Unlike the traditional fashion show featuring solemn supermodels, this was a catwalk of celebration. Actresses, musicians, talent show hosts, reality stars and survivors of cardiovascular disease walked in red dresses — and one […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease. Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as […]

Trump proclaims February as American Heart Month

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS President Donald Trump helped bring attention to the importance of heart health by declaring February as American Heart Month, kick-starting the annual awareness campaign for the nation’s No. 1 killer. In a proclamation, Trump said that he and First Lady Melania Trump encourage all Americans […]

Going red to save women’s lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Television news anchors, members of Congress and Americans nationwide wore red Friday to spotlight a health threat many women don’t realize: cardiovascular diseases. Major landmarks and buildings, including Niagara Falls and Graceland, will also be lit up red from coast to coast to celebrate National […]

AHA volunteer rings in awareness at Nasdaq

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Just ahead of National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association signaled its investment in heart health with a volunteer ringing the closing Nasdaq bell Thursday. National Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February, when the AHA encourages people to wear red to […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies. In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents […]

Birth of grandchild spurs heart disease survivor to get fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A cardiac arrest nearly killed Anali Diaz, but it was the news that she was going to become a grandmother that spurred her to get serious about her health. For years, Diaz, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, constantly felt exhausted, but figured that was just […]

The funny bone is connected to the … everything

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Some witty women hope tickling your funny bone will get you to pay attention to the rest of your body. The plan comes from digital media company WhoHaha, whose new series of videos on nutrition, self-care and exercise is aimed at getting folks to take […]

Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Doctors have historically advised against pregnancy in women with complex heart defects. But pregnancy may be possible for some of them, according to new guidance based on emerging data. The American Heart Association published the new advice Thursday in its journal Circulation. Pregnancy is a […]

Arianna Huffington, Nancy Brown talk heart health, prevention with women in media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Media influencers met Tuesday to spark fresh ideas for fighting heart disease in women. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post co-founder and Thrive Global founder, hosted a “women in media” luncheon at a private home in New York City. The […]

Notable deaths of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart disease and stroke touch people from all walks of life, including celebrities. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17 million people a year. Here is a look at some of the well-known people with […]

AHA names top 10 heart, stroke research advances of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mutations that influence coronary heart disease. Clot-retrieving strategies for strokes. Healthy lifestyle techniques to outsmart genetic fate. All of this – and more – was part of the groundbreaking work from heart disease and stroke researchers published this past year. The American Heart Association, one […]

Motivation and inspiration through Go Red Get Fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Joyce Moore lost her dad to heart disease and vowed to spare her daughters from the pain she experienced. But it wasn’t until she decided to get healthy for herself, rather than others, that she was able to make significant change. Moore, who lives in […]

Pat Kirby helped inspire movie, now inspiring giving

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In the 1980s, Pat Kirby helped to inspire the character Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, which in turn inspired countless women to apply for jobs in the FBI. Today, the 67-year-old heart attack survivor is inspiring people in a much different role […]

New study probes why heart disease risk differs by sex

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease. A woman’s risk for heart disease is different from a man’s. Although the reason isn’t known, […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions. “What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask. When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit […]

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Mostly meat, high-protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could be at higher risk for heart failure, especially if much of their protein comes from meat, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016. Researchers evaluated the self-reported daily […]

C-sections could increase baby’s obesity risk  

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — Babies born vaginally – or those born by cesarean but exposed to their mother’s vaginal microbiota – have less risk of obesity later in life, a new study released Sunday suggests. The research analyzed data on 1,441 full-term deliveries from the Boston […]

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 […]

Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart disease kills more Southerners than any other disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The reasons are complex and not completely understood, but experts believe it is most likely a mix of risk factors, race, poverty and healthcare access in […]

Two years after stroke, running is a way to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Merideth Gilmor knows what it’s like to train hard, perhaps even more than some of the professional athletes she handles publicity for. Exactly a year to the date she suffered a debilitating stroke that nearly killed her, Gilmor completed her first marathon, running 26.2-miles around […]

Fighting spirit, rapid response saves stroke survivor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Tamsen Butler, a 41-year-old mother of two, wife, Air Force veteran and fitness guru, was putting away groceries with her children on July 22, 2015, when she felt an odd sensation, “like something had shifted in my head,” she remembered. Something felt funny in her […]

Finding the words after a near-deadly stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Chris Richards speaks carefully and haltingly, her speech but not her mind affected by a stroke two years ago that nearly killed her. But the words are worth waiting for. They tell of the power of determination and faith, the love of a wonderful family, the […]

Young survivor conquers fears, goes from shut-in to national spokesperson

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Amanda Gonzalez was a senior in high school when she found out she had heart disease. She chokes up recalling the surgeries she needed and the things she missed out on in college. Looking back, Gonzalez said she is lucky to be […]

“Princesses: Long Island” reality TV star Ashlee White survives three strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS By 2013, Ashlee White had become a minor celebrity as the tiny, high-heel wearing star of Princesses: Long Island, the Bravo reality TV series about single Jewish women that had the whole island abuzz. Before the first season ended in August that year, White revealed […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 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. […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study. After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates […]

Mental stress may reduce blood flow in young women with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mental stress may reduce blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with coronary heart disease, according to new research. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in American men and women, but studies show that younger women have higher rates of […]

Go Red Get Fit adds challenges to promote healthy living

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Two-time stroke survivor Tamika Quinn had to change her entire lifestyle to lose the excess weight that hung on after the birth of her third child, focusing on heart-healthy foods and keeping portion sizes in check. Quinn, who lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, […]

As disparities persist, a need to educate more heart failure patients about defibrillators

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Despite a decade’s worth of research revealing racial and ethnic disparities among heart failure patients receiving an implantable defibrillator, things aren’t getting any better, according to a new study out this month. The study, published in Circulation, included more than 21,000 heart […]

‘Queen of Hearts’ aims to inspire

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time. Rekash first learned she had a congenital heart condition in 2000, […]

Heart disease, stroke risk factors may increase in severity before menopause

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The severity of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke appears to increase more rapidly in the years leading up to menopause — especially among African-American women, according to a new study. The risk factors, together known as metabolic syndrome, include a large waistline, […]

Healthier quiche: Worth waking up for

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Don’t give in to the temptation of skipping breakfast. Quiche, a protein-packed savory tart, can easily be sliced into individual portions for those looking for a convenient breakfast to take to work. Many people skip breakfast for a variety of reasons, according to Alisha Farris, […]

Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women under age 50 who do moderate physical activity can lower their risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study. Among women ages 27-44 at the start of the study, researchers found: Women with the highest level of leisure time physical activity had […]

Female smokers face highest risk for bleeding in brain

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who smoke are significantly more likely to bleed in the inner lining of the brain than men who light up and those who don’t, according to a Finnish study. Subarachnoid hemorrhage, which accounts for 3 percent of all strokes in the United States, results […]

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Told pregnancy too dangerous, cardiac arrest survivor has baby via surrogate, friend

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS At 31, Kristi Soule blacked out. Doctors initially diagnosed her with a heart attack. But after eight days in the hospital, doctors discovered a viral infection had attacked her heart and greatly decreased its function. After that, Soule started paying more attention to her heart […]

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 […]

Washington Women’s Board honored for lifesaving work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Since 1947, the Women’s Board of the American Heart Association of Greater Washington Region has been fighting heart disease and stroke, often with the high-profile help of America’s first ladies. Rosalynn Carter helped teach kids CPR. Other first ladies – from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura […]

Men face higher lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS About one in every nine men and one in every 30 women will experience sudden cardiac death, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “These numbers should raise a red flag,” Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., senior study author and chair of […]

Prehypertension during pregnancy could lead to cardiovascular risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Pregnant women with even subtle blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of normal may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome after giving birth, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Blood pressure guidelines — which don’t distinguish between pregnant […]

Cardiologist focuses on patients, and on research to help them

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Bosnian woman with dark hair and penetrating eyes showed up several times in the ER with chest pain and was desperate for help. She was referred to cardiology clinic, but the puzzling part was that the chest pain didn’t seem like a heart problem. […]

Women less likely to receive procedures for cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women cardiac arrest patients are less likely than men to receive potentially lifesaving procedures to look for and open blocked coronary arteries, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Procedures such as angiography and angioplasty help boost cardiac arrest survival rates, […]

RaqC’s life changes course after mom’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

Love of college hoops benefits women’s heart disease awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A grassroots program that uses “bracket-ology” during March Madness to increase awareness of women’s heart disease has raised $10,000 total since it began in 2010, according to organizers. Jeff Logan created Pat’s Picks to honor his mother, Pat, who was an avid basketball fan. For […]

New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High sodium intake from foods is linked to high blood pressure, but the health effects of sodium in drinking water has been less clear. Now, a new study has found that healthy pregnant women in southwest coastal Bangladesh had their blood pressure rise if they […]

Can sitting too long increase heart disease risk in Hispanic, Latino women?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sitting too long can be bad for your health, studies have shown. But how to do the health hazards of sedentary behavior affect the nation’s growing population of Hispanic and Latino women? Researchers at the newly created Women’s Cardiovascular Research Center at […]

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Young woman celebrates 3rd stroke anniversary with ‘Today’ show interview

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Last weekend Emily Welbourn laced up her shoes and took off for a 3.5 mile run. She hadn’t been training and there were about a million other things vying for her attention. But that run, on that day, was not going to be missed. Three […]

Coalition pushes for reduction in gender disparities in health care research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new alliance of health groups focused on bridging the gap between men’s and women’s health care stressed Thursday that the health care industry cannot abide by a one-size-fits all research system. Women and men regularly exhibit different symptoms for the same diseases and tend […]

Stroke hospitalizations drop, but increase for young adults, African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fewer people are being hospitalized for strokes — except among young adults and African-Americans, according to new observational research in the open access Journal of the American Heart Association. In 2000-10, the number of adults admitted to U.S. hospitals with ischemic stroke fell 18.4 percent, […]

Stroke survivor confronts fear it could happen again

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nicole Enteado woke up on Nov. 29, 2014, thinking about a fun day of holiday shopping she had planned. But after about a half hour of lounging around, a strange sensation suddenly came over her. “It was almost like feeling drunk,” she said, adding that […]

Healthy diet may reduce high blood pressure risk in women with pregnancy-related diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating a healthy diet may significantly reduce the risk of women with pregnancy-related diabetes developing high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Researchers studied 3,818 women with a history of pregnancy-related diabetes, or gestational diabetes, enrolled in the […]

Super athlete sidelined by dangerous heart problem

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Workout queen Kristy Sidlar was doing what made her happy on her 31st birthday. She was training for a triathlon, biking up a hillside in northern California on her way to the gym to swim some laps. “I was super athletic, kind of to the […]

Uterine cancer survivor now fights against congestive heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda thought she’d overcome her greatest trial when she survived uterine cancer. Six years later, she learned she had a bigger test ahead when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. A former Marine, Rodriguez-Zepeda thought her constant exhaustion was simply a byproduct of […]

Women with endometriosis may have a higher risk of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women with endometriosis – especially those 40 or younger – may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to new research published on Tuesday. The study, published in Circulation:Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, may be the first prospective investigation to examine the link between coronary […]

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Cracking jokes and cracking chests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It took Kathy Magliato, M.D., three tries to write the book that eventually became the basis for the new NBC series Heartbeat, which premieres March 23. First, she tried writing a fact-driven book about heart disease and the risk it poses to women. But the […]

Investigators announced for new women’s heart disease research centers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The scientific teams that will lead a new research network focused on preventing, treating and beating heart disease and stroke in women have been selected, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday. The need for these focused research centers is critical, AHA officials said, because an […]

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Go Red Get Fit launches health challenges

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Growing up Latina, Ary Nuñez says heart disease was the “elephant in the room.” “I remember always getting teased for being too skinny and not having a butt,” she said. Now, Nuñez, along with fellow celebrity fitness trainers Scott Parker and Lita Lewis, will challenge […]

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Sparking passion in life and through her memory

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Alanna Siviero spent her life creating innovative advertising campaigns that could spark passion in an audience. Siviero, who lived in Silver Lake, California, died from complications following a sudden cardiac arrest in November at the age of 40. This week, an ad campaign in her […]

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Violence victims more likely to have blood vessel disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mexican women who experienced physical violence as adults were more likely to have clogged neck arteries, increasing the risk for stroke, researchers reported Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. Violence against women is a global problem, with a third of women […]

Yogurt may protect women from developing high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who ate five or more servings of yogurt per week had a lower risk of developing high blood pressure compared to those who rarely ate yogurt, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. “No one food is a […]

Post-menopausal women should be physically active and limit sitting time to help prevent death after heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Post-menopausal women are less likely to die after suffering a first heart attack if they remain physically active and limit sitting time, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. Researchers analyzed physical activity changes using metabolic equivalents in […]

Study looks at heart, lungs, abdomen issues and Zika virus

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A stillborn baby delivered to a Brazilian woman infected with Zika may indicate the virus causes a wider range of birth defects than originally believed. The fetus showed a severe buildup of fluid throughout its body, a condition called hydrops fetalis. It also had a […]

Statement links social norms, sex differences in treatment of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Are the hearts of women and men really all that different? It turns out, when it comes to how men and women are treated for ischemic heart disease, the answer is yes. The American Heart Association on Monday released the first statement that pools all […]

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Two cardiologists: Why their own moms failed to call 911 for heart attack and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite warnings and their own daughters’ careers as cardiologists, when Ann Walsh and Ellen Joynt had stroke and heart attack symptoms, neither woman called 911. “We were absolutely floored that this happened to our own mothers,” said Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, medical director of the […]

New research looks at women’s cardiovascular health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New research released Tuesday looked at women’s cardiovascular health and are highlighted in the annual women’s issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. The issue focuses on research promoting the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women – the No. 1 killer […]

Pre-pregnancy heart abnormalities may predict recurrent preeclampsia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who had pregnancy-related high blood pressure multiple times had recognizable heart abnormalities between pregnancies that could help predict their risk for heart and blood vessel disease during subsequent pregnancies and even later in life, according to new research in Hypertension, an American Heart Association […]

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Women, minorities report lower function in the months after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Female and minority stroke survivors reported less ability to function three months after their strokes than males and Caucasian patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. Researchers mailed the Stroke Impact Score questionnaire to survivors who had suffered […]

Alcohol exposure before birth may later amplify neurological problems from stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Exposure to alcohol before birth might impair kidney blood flow in adulthood and heighten neurological problems caused by a stroke, according to an animal study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. A research team from Texas A&M Health Science Center, College […]

Many stroke survivors may develop seizures

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A substantial proportion of stroke survivors develop seizures in the years following their strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. Researchers studied information on hospitalizations and emergency department visits in California, Florida and New York from 2005 and […]

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Chinese culture supports family caregiving for stroke survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chinese cultural values underlie the willingness of family members to care for stroke survivors at home, so interventions to support caregivers should consider incorporating these values, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium of the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. Each year, […]

Involving spiritual organizations may reduce health disparities among urban black women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Collaborating with spiritual organizations may help health professionals reach black women who have heart disease and stroke risk factors and little health knowledge, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium of the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. Compared with other women, black […]

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Pregnancy in older age increases stroke, heart attack risk years later

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS   Women who become pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than women who become pregnant at a younger age, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. “We […]

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Poet uses her art to connect with other survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors. Hyde, now 30, was […]

Red Hot! Celebrity models rock the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than 20 celebrities walked the runway Thursday night in red designer gowns to demonstrate support for women’s heart health. The bevy of beautiful women in beautiful dresses were all at the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s show during […]

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CDC: 1 in 12 pregnant women smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS About 8 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. smoke, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using birth certificate data from 2014, the researchers also found that one in 10 women smoked in the three months before […]