American Heart Association

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’

Legal battle threatens coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions

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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 […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Legal battle threatens coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions

Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with high but under control blood pressure saw a jump in their levels during exercise, an increase that mirrored the spikes seen under similar conditions among people with untreated hypertension, according to a new U.K. study. The findings open up the possibility of tailoring blood […]

June 12th, 2018|Categories: High Blood Pressure, Patients, Physical Activity, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise

Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver […]

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

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Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year.

Yet even as the recovery continues – and as Puerto Ricans look ahead to the next hurricane season beginning Friday – physicians also […]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

Exercise, good nutrition can improve heart and brain health

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Exercise, good nutrition and other steps can lower your risk of heart disease. Those same steps can also improve your brain health.

Some of the same risk factors affecting cardiovascular health are closely associated with the health of the brain. By embarking on a heart-healthy lifestyle […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Patients, Physical Activity, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Exercise, good nutrition can improve heart and brain health

Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of being electrocuted.

So when emergency responders kept administering shocks to his […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is one of the nation’s biggest health problems.

A new study quantifies just how big: The overall cost of high blood pressure has risen to about $131 billion a year – or nearly $2,000 in higher health care expenses for each patient.

That makes […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

Stroke survivor vows to ‘live life again’

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Last November, two days before Thanksgiving, Gerardo Lucio collapsed after getting off a forklift at work. When he was able to get up, his right arm and leg were weak and he had trouble walking. A nephew he worked with took him to […]

May 29th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Stroke survivor vows to ‘live life again’