American Heart Association

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]

Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cyteria Knight spent more than a quarter-century caring for others as a social worker. Then a stroke forced her to become the patient.

Knight was visiting her daughter Raquanza Miller in Pineville, North Carolina, on Jan. 17 when she suddenly passed out. Susan Miller, Knight’s partner […]

November 28th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Time is brain. That’s the mantra of physicians who warn that those with stroke symptoms need immediate medical attention.

The sooner a stroke is treated, the greater the possibility of saving brain cells and achieving recovery.

Now, about a dozen hospitals nationwide are evaluating and treating patients […]

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

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: Health, 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: Health, 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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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: Health, 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: Health, 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: Children, Health, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke