American Heart Association

Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meredith Gorham was finally relaxing after a busy, hot day of running around on July 17, 2009. But when she tried to stand up from the couch, she suddenly collapsed.

Her shocked husband, Chris, tried to help her up. But after realizing she was unable to […]

Adjusting to a ‘new normal’ during the holidays after a heart attack, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the first Christmas after she suffered a major stroke, Chris Richards was determined to craft her traditional family celebration at their home in Laramie, Wyoming, rising at 5 a.m. for a day of baking, cooking and wrapping presents.

“I was trying to prove I could […]

Hispanics born outside U.S. more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hispanics born abroad who now live in the United States have higher odds of dying from cardiovascular diseases than U.S.-born Hispanics, a new study shows.

The findings suggest Hispanics born outside the United States — who make up about a third of all U.S. Hispanics […]

Chicago entrepreneur works to change focus from managing diseases to supporting health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Growing up, Nyasha Nyamapfene recalls that her family had “more diseases than people.” Poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors were the main reasons.

“I grew up in a household focused on disease, because that was the norm,” she said. “For many communities that […]

Holiday treats, hectic schedules may increase risk of heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Between the ubiquitous goody trays, unending to-do lists and stressful travel itineraries, it can be tough to stay on track when it comes to health during the holiday season, whether it’s sticking to a diet or maintaining an exercise regimen.

Such holiday-fueled pressures may also contribute […]

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Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lauren Bradley figured the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart program would look good on her college applications.

But participating in the program that teaches 10th-grade girls about heart health and provides volunteer opportunities at local hospitals did more than help her earn a scholarship — it made […]

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Tips to keep blood pressure in check this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The holidays can be filled with everything from family visits, traveling and festive meals to illness and financial concerns. For the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, these changes and stressors can lead to drastic fluctuations in blood pressure that can increase risk […]

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Deadly heart damage can occur with non-heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Surgery for problems unrelated to the heart can damage heart cells — and it could be deadly for some patients, a new study finds.

A study published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that heart cell damage that occurs during or after a […]

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Tiny red hats pile up to create awareness of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Little red hats seem to be everywhere on social media. The pictures show them on newborns, pets and dolls, and stacked on tables in people’s homes. Some are plain; others have elaborate designs.

Dawn Lang Zupsic of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is among the hundreds […]

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]