American Heart Association

Pulse ox screens catching many newborns with heart disease, but there’s room for improvement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the heels of a study that showed infant deaths from critical congenital heart defects fell by one-third in eight states that first mandated a newborn screening test, experts now look forward to technological improvements in the test so that more babies’ lives can be […]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: Children, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pulse ox screens catching many newborns with heart disease, but there’s room for improvement

E-cigarettes may help adults switch from conventional cigarettes but encourage smoking among teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

E-cigarettes can be highly addictive, and kids who use them are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes, concluded a panel of public health experts.

The report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is one of the most comprehensive evaluations […]

January 24th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on E-cigarettes may help adults switch from conventional cigarettes but encourage smoking among teens

Kids nationwide are running 4 marathons, one lap at a time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Some students straggle out of winter break suffering from back-to-school blues. But tens of thousands of Marathon Kids are now sprinting into the spring semester with their eye on a goal line that reads “104.8 miles.”

That’s the distance students run during a school year with […]

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Kids nationwide are running 4 marathons, one lap at a time

Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Less healthy foods and beverages with more salt and calories might soon return to America’s school cafeterias under a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Under the rule released in November, school food service programs can now include 1 percent flavored milk and […]

January 19th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Sodium|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

Kimmel’s son’s experience spotlights rare congenital heart defect

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 tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.

Nothing prepares an expectant parent for bad news. But that experience became part of a national discussion recently, with news that Jimmy Kimmel’s […]

Distressing experiences as a kid impact cardiovascular health later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Difficult childhood experiences — from bullying and neglect to physical and sexual abuse — are so prevalent that the American Heart Association is issuing its first scientific statement on their impact on cardiovascular health.

Fifty-nine percent of the U.S. population say they experienced at least one […]

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Children, Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Distressing experiences as a kid impact cardiovascular health later in life

Young diabetics could have seven times higher risk for sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Young diabetics could have seven times more risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest than their peers who don’t have diabetes, according to new research.

The study points to the importance of early and ongoing heart monitoring in children and young adults with both Type 1 […]

Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lauren Bradley figured the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart program would look good on her college applications.

But participating in the program that teaches 10th-grade girls about heart health and provides volunteer opportunities at local hospitals did more than help her earn a scholarship — it made […]

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

Tiny red hats pile up to create awareness of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Little red hats seem to be everywhere on social media. The pictures show them on newborns, pets and dolls, and stacked on tables in people’s homes. Some are plain; others have elaborate designs.

Dawn Lang Zupsic of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is among the hundreds […]

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]