American Heart Association

A new hope for heart failure comes from umbilical cords

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The blood from a baby’s umbilical cord is teeming with stem cells — the “blank slate” cells with the ability to become a muscle cell, a brain cell or any other type of cell in the body.

A team of scientists in Chile have used stem […]

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Failure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A new hope for heart failure comes from umbilical cords

Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from one […]

September 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

Patients, health organizations rally against health care proposal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dozens of patients and advocacy groups including the American Heart Association gathered on Capitol Hill on Monday to demand a stop to a proposed bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Wearing red T-shirts with the phrase “I Am A Pre-Existing Condition,” patients […]

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Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor

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A new study found that middle-aged Mexican-Americans faced double the risk of stroke compared with white people, with diabetes considered a major contributing factor.

Ischemic strokes are the most common and occur when an artery supplying blood to the brain is blocked.

The role of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hispanic, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor

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

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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 […]

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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 […]