American Heart Association

After friend’s fatal heart attack, Chicago construction executive is building healthier lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The last time Chicago construction executive Jim Hill spoke to his friend and colleague Bob Krier, everything seemed just fine.

After all, it was Bob and Andrea Krier’s 31st anniversary. It was two days before Thanksgiving. There were plenty of reasons for the couple to be […]

July 9th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Heart Disease|Tags: , , |Comments Off on After friend’s fatal heart attack, Chicago construction executive is building healthier lives

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

Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

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It’s been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite.

“The way we look affects […]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

AHA chairman: Innovation and collaboration are key to lifesaving efforts

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Embarking on his second year as chairman of the American Heart Association, Jim Postl says he’s energized by the organization’s bold and collaborative entrepreneurial efforts.

“We are doing things out of the box, and getting outside our traditional comfort zone,” he said. “We are taking an […]

July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Precision Medicine, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on AHA chairman: Innovation and collaboration are key to lifesaving efforts

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.

Former diving champion brushed off symptoms that turned out to be heart valve disease

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Len Rapkins can barely remember a time when he wasn’t fit.

As a teen growing up in Great Britain, he trained as a boxer, gymnast and diver, and earned a silver medal in the 1961 World Student Games, the world’s second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic […]

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Former diving champion brushed off symptoms that turned out to be heart valve disease

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

Aging LGBT seniors a ‘major public health issue’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

LGBT people of all ages have experienced health inequalities, but researchers have begun to delve into the consequences of a lifetime of that inequity – and what happens to their health as they grow older.

“They’ve been relatively invisible, undercounted and underserved,” said Dr. Karen Fredriksen […]

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Aging LGBT seniors a ‘major public health issue’

Tending to heart health may keep dementia at bay

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

There’s no definitive evidence about what can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But experts believe healthy behaviors that are good for your overall health can slow or delay some forms of dementia.

Heart and blood vessel health earlier in life is associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementia in later […]

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Prevention|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tending to heart health may keep dementia at bay