American Heart Association

New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans – but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t.

It’s a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should […]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

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During her first pregnancy in 1994, Sophia Boulanger developed gestational diabetes and was later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Then in 2011, Boulanger was told she had 90 percent blockages in all five vessels supplying blood to the heart.

The quintuple bypass surgery that followed was […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Stroke|Tags: , |Comments Off on Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

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How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, sought to determine whether […]

June 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

Following new blood pressure guidelines could prevent deaths among stroke survivors

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Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to new research.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, […]

June 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Following new blood pressure guidelines could prevent deaths among stroke survivors

Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

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Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains.

Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best treat […]

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

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

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’

High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

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Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, “Does my right eye look weird?”

Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that […]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

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A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of […]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women