American Heart Association

Using hip-hop to teach kids about stroke could save lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching school kids the symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly to them is an effective way to potentially save lives and prevent disabilities, according to a new study done in tandem with the educational program Hip Hop Stroke.

Published Thursday in Stroke, the study […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, multicultural, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Using hip-hop to teach kids about stroke could save lives

Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated throughout on March 9, 2018, with event results.

Retired pro football player Mark Schlereth benched 225 pounds 26 times, taming social media taunts and raising money for a cause dear to his and his granddaughter’s heart.

The Facebook.com/1043TheFan live event Friday was […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the past year, two families affected by congenital heart disease exchanged messages on Facebook and over texts. They met for the first time a week ago.

“There were tears and laughs and smiles,” said Lauren Kiefer-Foley, whose 6-year-old son Jack has a rare congenital heart […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

7 healthy, tasty recipes everyone will love

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a sampling of easy-to-make recipes that are packed with flavor. These dishes make satisfying meals for everyone, and it just might inspire the younger ones in the family to spend more time in the kitchen — […]

March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Recipes|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 7 healthy, tasty recipes everyone will love

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 […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Failure, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth

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 […]

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Attack, Patients, Physical Activity, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Surviving a heart defect to become an American Ninja Warrior

McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’ about to get healthier, globally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS

McDonald’s Happy Meals might be getting happier – at least from a nutrition perspective.

The fast food giant announced Thursday its worldwide goals to reduce the number of calories, limit sodium and provide more nutritional balance in the iconic meal for kids it launched in […]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Nutrition|Tags: , , |Comments Off on McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’ about to get healthier, globally

Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds.

Each year, at least 40,000 infants in the United States are affected by a congenital heart defect. The cause is unknown, but it’s thought that […]

February 12th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam.

Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it may […]

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ten months after she was born, Lauren Evanovich had open-heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart and aortic valve.

As she got older, Evanovich avoided strenuous activity and saw a cardiologist twice a year. Otherwise she didn’t think much about what her congenital heart […]

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult