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Not enough sleep can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Some preliminary research shows that older women who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have poor cardiovascular health.

Since sleep disturbances typically increase for women as they age, researchers studied what impact that has on their health.

They followed about 21,500 women health professionals between […]

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids.

Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently.

The tightening spread quickly.

“It felt like someone was […]

Cardiac arrest stopped this half marathon runner mid-stride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Melissa Ziebell was approaching the final mile of the 2015 Paris Half Marathon, her third ever, on track to break her personal best time of 1:45.

Then her legs seemed to seize up and stop working.

“I realized I was going to fall, and that’s […]

Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A recent study shows that most pregnancy-related heart failure occurs during the first six weeks after the baby is born.

That’s an issue because usually women are discharged a few days after they deliver and don’t go back to their doctor for six weeks, so important […]

9 African-American pioneers in medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The contributions of African-Americans to medicine date back to the American Revolutionary War. In honor of Black History Month, this list highlights some of the notable figures who have championed better health care access for black Americans, helped develop medical breakthroughs and broke glass ceilings […]

The relatively unknown heart problem that affects millions of Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jen Hyde is traveling from her home in Brooklyn to Manhattan on Thursday to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. The occasion: National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.

Seven years ago, Hyde learned she had heart valve disease and would need to […]

Surviving a heart defect to become an American Ninja Warrior

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Molly Hemphill is a congenital heart survivor and recently selected as a competitor on television series “American Ninja Warrior.” She shares her life story and future goals:

At 25 years old, my life changed overnight.

I was struggling to fall asleep, unsure why, when my heart began […]

Women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bystanders are less likely to give women CPR, according to a recent review of data compiled from clinics that study cardiac arrest and trauma.

According to data compiled by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada, 45 percent […]

Had a heart attack? Healthy living could help prevent another one

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Off the Charts is a series featuring expert answers to questions about heart and brain health. This week we explore healthy living after a heart attack, and how to avoid a repeat.

Q: I had my third “widowmaker” heart attack. … I’ve had an active […]

Dementia cases expected to reach 131 million by 2050

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the world’s population ages, there will be more and more dementia cases.

Dementia means the brain loses abilities, such as memory or communication skills. It’s caused in various ways, including strokes, narrowed or clogged arteries blocking blood flow, Alzheimer’s disease and head injuries.

Steps to protect […]