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Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with symptoms of depression or who take antidepressants have a 30 percent increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that increases the risk for stroke, a new study says.

The research, released Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As with most Saturdays, Michael King was on the basketball court refereeing another game in 2011 when he started feeling hot and tired. He stepped outside for some fresh air. A friend went to check on him but couldn’t find a pulse, even though King […]

March 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s long been known that breathing poor-quality air is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies also have found that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in areas near factories, freeways and other sources of environmental pollutants.

A new […]

March 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Black adults are more likely to breathe pollutants that increase risk of dying from heart disease, stroke

Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the past year, two families affected by congenital heart disease exchanged messages on Facebook and over texts. They met for the first time a week ago.

“There were tears and laughs and smiles,” said Lauren Kiefer-Foley, whose 6-year-old son Jack has a rare congenital heart […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One of the longest and most comprehensive studies to date has found more evidence that people diagnosed with a type of rapid or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

The new study can’t say whether the association […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

Study involving mice injected with cocaine examines drug’s cellular impact

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Numerous studies have determined that cocaine use increases blood pressure and the hardening of arteries in its users, but now new research has helped pinpoint just how that actually happens on a molecular level – at least in mice.

The discovery opens up potential methods of […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Study involving mice injected with cocaine examines drug’s cellular impact

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 […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Research, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 9 African-American pioneers in medicine

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 […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The relatively unknown heart problem that affects millions of Americans

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 […]

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart of 29, Rod Carew|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Return to spring training with new heart completes Rod Carew’s baseball bucket list

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, […]