American Heart Association

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 […]

Return to spring training with new heart completes Rod Carew’s baseball bucket list

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

FORT MYERS, Florida – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew walked into the home clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training facility, looked around the empty room and soaked in the moment.

“I made it,” he thought. “I’m here.”

The reaction might seem over the top for […]

7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s officially a very good time to check in on your heart health. February is American Heart Month, designated by the president each year to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular fitness.

It’s easy to learn about your heart health and how to improve it, […]

After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Davy Hobson was notorious for last-minute Valentine’s gifts. But on Feb. 14, 2013, he was ahead of the game.

“I’d bought my wife’s gift a day early for the first time since we were married,” he said.

When the home health nurse from Tyler, Texas, left for […]

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

High thyroid levels may put older adults at risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High levels of thyroid hormone may put older adults at risk for heart disease and death, a recent study showed.

Middle-age and older people with high or high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called FT4 had double the odds of high coronary artery calcification scores, an […]

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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

Things to know: Fainting should be evaluated by doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While fainting is fairly common, it could be a sign of a heart problem.

Heart-related causes are to blame for fainting more often in people older than 60 compared to younger people, according to guidelines for medical professionals. This could be due to underlying heart disease […]

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AHA names top heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New medicines to fight heart disease, updated guidelines for strokes and high blood pressure, and research into genome editing are among the top heart disease and stroke advances in 2017, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The AHA, one of the top funders […]

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on AHA names top heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017