American Heart Association

Pregnancy complication linked to heart failure risk, especially among Asian women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Doctors have known for some time that high blood pressure during pregnancy puts women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Now, a new study shows these women — particularly Asians and Pacific Islanders — are more likely to be […]

More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population.

The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – […]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

High-dose statin drugs were more effective than low doses in Japanese patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — For years, Asian doctors haven’t had the kind of solid evidence that U.S. doctors have had to show high-dose statins could lower heart risks in their patients. But a large new study released Monday does just that.

“There has been substantial reluctance to […]

Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Not as many heart surgery patients may need to be exposed to the potential dangers of blood transfusions, according to a new study that researchers say may change current practice.

About half of all heart surgery patients receive blood transfusions, but until now […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

AHA president urges colleagues to amplify the voice of patients

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ANAHEIM, California – Early in his cardiology career, John Warner worked at a clinic that catered to many of the poorest, sickest people in Dallas. The lines were so long that doctors only had time to address an immediate problem or refill a prescription before […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on AHA president urges colleagues to amplify the voice of patients

AHA releases principles to address challenges faced by patients related to accessibility and affordability of drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drugs are getting more expensive, threatening the affordability and accessibility of much-needed therapies for patients, a new report says.

An American Heart Association presidential advisory issued Thursday said the current and projected costs of drugs and biologics have raised serious concerns among policymakers, health care providers, […]

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on AHA releases principles to address challenges faced by patients related to accessibility and affordability of drugs

North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jasmine Harris had a stroke six months before her high school graduation.

It started with a headache a couple days before Christmas. The family from Raleigh, North Carolina, had spent the day volunteering so her mother, La’Wana Harris, assumed her 17-year-old daughter was just tired.

But the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, caregiver, Children, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic patients, blood glucose levels may spike during recovery. Such spikes are problematic: People diagnosed with acute stress hyperglycemia are more likely to die […]

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

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Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner.

Hispanic-American adults of any race have […]

CDC: Obesity rates hit a new high

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The obesity epidemic in America is getting worse, new federal data show.

As of 2015-2016, about four in 10 U.S. adults were obese, up from 37.7 percent during 2013-2014.

The news for children and teens isn’t much better. Overall, nearly 19 percent were obese in 2015-2016, up […]