American Heart Association

High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is one of the nation’s biggest health problems.

A new study quantifies just how big: The overall cost of high blood pressure has risen to about $131 billion a year – or nearly $2,000 in higher health care expenses for each patient.

That makes […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

The dangers of a lonely heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A heart failure patient who often feels lonely or left out is more likely to require hospitalization than one who rarely feels socially isolated, a new study shows.

The assessment, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also found a higher risk of […]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The dangers of a lonely heart

Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kendra Plumley didn’t spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn’t a choice. She had to protect her new […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Children, Healthy Living, Heart Failure, Patients, Women|Tags: , |Comments Off on Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

What is heart failure?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart failure – one of the conditions former first lady Barbara Bush has been diagnosed with – is a fairly common condition, especially among older patients.

About 6.5 million people in the Unites States have heart failure, which occurs when the heart becomes too weak to […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure|Tags: , |Comments Off on What is heart failure?

Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-American adults who smoke are at higher risk of being hospitalized with heart failure than those who used to smoke or have never smoked, a new study shows.

For people who smoke, the results “should add more fuel to the discussion” about quitting, said the study’s […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not.

But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement published […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

Forging new paths along medical data highways

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

We hear a lot these days about how marketers are using big data to personalize the ads we see online for places to shop, dine or travel. What you might not know is that the intersection of science and technology is empowering researchers to analyze […]

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Precision Medicine, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Forging new paths along medical data highways

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April.

For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had […]

‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has been coming to spring training since the mid-1960s. But when he walked into the clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training facility, it was the first time with a new heart.

If you have questions or comments about this story, […]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Heart of 29, multicultural, Patients, Rod Carew|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart.

But in the meantime, there’s a […]

March 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts