American Heart Association

When it comes to protein, quality is more important than quantity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal. For heart health, experts say the key is moderation and choosing wisely.

“Very high intake of meat, especially processed red meat, is not good for overall health,” said Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, author of a recent […]

July 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Nutrition|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on When it comes to protein, quality is more important than quantity

Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning.

Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon.

Worse yet, it wasn’t even […]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Failure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

Heart failure expert sees great changes ahead for landscape of heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By the time Mariell Jessup left home to attend the University of Pennsylvania, she already knew she wanted to be one of two things after graduation: an actress or a physical therapist.

But while studying physical therapy, she gradually noticed almost all of her classmates were […]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Heart failure expert sees great changes ahead for landscape of heart health

Growing up in Guyana, his parents encouraged him to dream big. Now he’s the AHA president.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – With a father who worked as a postmaster and a mother who was a homemaker, Ivor Benjamin grew up under modest circumstances.

The Benjamins lived in Guyana, a small nation on the Caribbean side of South America. Their home in Beterverwagting was about 9 […]

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, Heart Failure, multicultural, Stroke|Tags: , |Comments Off on Growing up in Guyana, his parents encouraged him to dream big. Now he’s the AHA president.

How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing.

That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance.

More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses […]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen.

She was watching the movie “Unbroken” when that feeling […]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

CPAP machines for sleep apnea could decrease heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research.

The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart […]

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Failure|Tags: , , |Comments Off on CPAP machines for sleep apnea could decrease heart failure risk

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