American Heart Association

Rehab kit helps patients, caregivers navigate stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After a stroke, regaining the ability to string words into simple sentences or finally being able to return to work are milestones. In Austin, Texas, speech language pathologists Shelley Adair and Shilpa Shamapant get to regularly witness such achievements.

Like the 36-year-old chemical engineer who is […]

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common.

The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the poorest, with […]

California man diagnosed with heart disease after walking 1,500-mile pilgrimage route

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ray Rivera recalls boasting to friends about his heart health. During a span of four years, he’d walked more than 1,500 miles along the famous Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage trails throughout Spain, Portugal and France.

Then during a routine checkup in 2015, Rivera was […]

Another big hurricane raises stakes for heart patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As Florida patients and residents prepare for Hurricane Irma’s landfall this weekend, they already are employing lessons learned from medical teams and experts who treated victims of Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 force, after it slammed the Texas coast on August 25. Florida will also face […]

How to prepare for a natural disaster

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During times of emergencies and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, response from emergency professionals is often delayed as systems are bombarded with requests for help.

Being prepared and trained gives people the skills and confidence to act in an emergency and potentially save […]

Her heart touched by social issues, doctor turns ‘probing scientific mind’ to peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aruna Pradhan, M.D., grew up in the 1970s in Selma, Alabama, when the small Southern city was tending to wounds from its years of racial unrest.

She was bothered by things she saw and even experienced as a teenager, but she was not sure just what […]

Life and limb: Know the signs of PAD

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Although many people dismiss leg pain as a normal sign of aging, the cause may be life- or limb-threatening for 8.5 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association.

Peripheral artery disease or PAD often goes undetected and untreated. It happens when fatty deposits build up […]

Tall men and women more likely to suffer deadly blood clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being tall may increase the risk of blood clots in the leg veins or lungs in both men and women, according to a new Swedish study that examined government health records of nearly 3 million people.

While other research has noted the correlation, this study is […]

What Katrina can teach us about disrupted cardiac care after Hurricane Harvey

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When patients with cardiac health issues face evacuation due to flooding, fire or other natural disasters, a spike in stress and anxiety levels may be only the beginning. For sudden, jarring, life-changing events—like that of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana this past week—can markedly […]

Self-care: What is it and how do you do it?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Self-care is more important to your overall health than pretty much anything else, and the term is catching fire. But what does it really mean?

A new scientific statement issued Thursday by the American Heart Association outlines the importance of self-care in the prevention and management […]