American Heart Association

Women, doctors need to focus on both heart health and reproductive health, experts say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women, only a fraction of them discuss heart health during annual ob-gyn visits, according to a new survey.

That missed connection between heart and reproductive health is important because many women consider their ob-gyns as their […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows.

In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without preeclampsia. […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

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 […]

Exposure to violence may up cardiovascular risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Mexican women who experience violence as adults may be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, a new study suggests.

The findings add to growing evidence that exposure to violence is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — an outcome researchers […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all.

Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing the […]

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people.

Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox with […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too.

“My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person I […]