American Heart Association

Protect your heart and health during the ‘dog days’ of summer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Summer is a time for barbecues and other outdoor fun, but it’s also a time for sweltering heat. And experts say everyone, especially the elderly and very young, need to know how to limit the sometimes-deadly effects of high temperatures.

The ancient Greeks and Romans called […]

Virtual counseling helps lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that adding e-counseling to medical therapy helped lower […]

World Trade Center response crews with PTSD face higher risk for heart attack, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke, according to a new study of first responders who helped with rescues and cleaned up debris at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

Published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular […]

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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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

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Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage.

Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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