American Heart Association

Legal battle threatens coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

         

A legal challenge seeking to remove insurance coverage protections for pre-existing conditions would have a devastating impact on millions of people in need of care, the American Heart Association and other patient advocates say in a new court filing.

The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society […]

Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During her first pregnancy in 1994, Sophia Boulanger developed gestational diabetes and was later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Then in 2011, Boulanger was told she had 90 percent blockages in all five vessels supplying blood to the heart.

The quintuple bypass surgery that followed was […]

Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oscar Washington Jr. thought he was taking care of his heart. He went to the doctor every three months to stay on top of his high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He exercised regularly but was still shaken by the passing of his dad to […]

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, sought to determine whether […]

June 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

We all need water for a healthy life – but how much?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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During the summer – and year-round – our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we really need every day to stay healthy?

The answer can get complicated.

“It’s hard to find an exact amount because it’s […]

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on We all need water for a healthy life – but how much?

Lifesaving information is not always a phone call away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago.

Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher trained […]

June 1st, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Disease, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lifesaving information is not always a phone call away

Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year.

Yet even as the recovery continues – and as Puerto Ricans look ahead to the next hurricane season beginning Friday – physicians also […]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

Efforts underway to increase diversity in the medical field

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Dr. Luis Castellanos was a resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, he noticed there weren’t many Spanish-speaking physicians on the faculty, even though Latinos comprise about a third of the city’s population. Occasionally, the Mexican-American cardiologist found himself translating for his colleagues […]

May 21st, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Efforts underway to increase diversity in the medical field

What’s the connection between high blood pressure and HIV?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows.

Learning more about the underlying mechanisms of high blood pressure in people with […]

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What’s the connection between high blood pressure and HIV?

Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oily fish may not sound appetizing, but research on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood reaffirms the health value of eating fish – particularly the oily kind – a couple times a week, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association.

Sixteen […]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk