Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California – At first, Eashan Biswas was just looking for a way to use a video game in his sixth-grade science project. But now, the aspiring doctor’s name is on a scientific study being presented on a national stage – and, more importantly, he’s […]

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. […]

How far apart do the houses have to be to burn off that fun-size Snickers?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The first house gives out a fun-size Snickers bar, a delicious little treat. You eat it in an instant, then walk to the next house, one mile away. Chances are your Halloween is calorie-neutral — so far. But the night is young. That’s the challenge of […]

Singing cardiologist gets the band back together

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Unfortunately, a Beatles reunion will never happen. But for the lucky people of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rick and the Arrhythmics returned for a long-awaited (by some, at least) encore. Back in the 1980s, the band, which included several local doctors, specialized in rowdy, three-chord classic rock, […]

Texan Laura Goldenschue is among the 1.4 million U.S. adults with congenital heart disease. (Photo courtesy of Laura Goldenschue)

Looking beyond the heart in adults with congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Laura Goldenschue takes antibiotics before going to the dentist, even just for a routine cleaning. The 59-year-old from Texas assembles a team of specialists when facing a procedure as minor as a cyst removal. She carries a tiny “health passport” that lists her doctors and […]

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Study suggests ‘full-term’ pregnancy may need narrower definition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Studies have shown strong links between preterm births and future health risks such as heart failure. But being born early, yet still within the full-term range, may also pose heart-related risks later in life, a new study suggests. The findings could have far-reaching implications in […]

Minnesota Vikings join the many NFL players helping kids get healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen and Kyle Rudolph are the latest in a long line of NFL players tackling the issue of children’s health. The players (and plenty of kids) star in a new video released Tuesday as part of the NFL Play 60 Challenge, a nationwide […]

Report: U.S. obesity rate holds steady

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After decades on the rise, obesity rates have for the second year in a row showed signs of leveling off, a new report finds. Even so, the condition is still at epidemic proportions, with more than a third of Americans considered obese, according to the State […]

Experts aim to improve treatment for heart complications in people with neuromuscular disorders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Many people with neuromuscular disorders that begin in childhood are living longer thanks to advances in treating the disease and its complications, such as breathing problems. That trend, however, has not applied to the potentially deadly heart complications associated with many of these disorders. Experts […]

CPR in school laws take effect in eight new states this year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout. In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in […]

Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When Chris Figureida leaves Deadhorse, Alaska, on Wednesday on a 3,000-mile bicycle trip to San Diego, he’ll share the lonely road with moose, musk oxen and the occasional grizzly bear. Yet some of his best adventures will take place indoors. Throughout his 78-day trip, Chris […]

Study: Socioeconomics impacts children’s carotid arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Disadvantaged kids may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life, according to new research published on Wednesday. The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, found that children from socially and […]

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke. […]

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Public health groups ask to join tobacco regulation lawsuits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Six of the nation’s leading public health organizations on Monday filed motions asking federal courts for a say in two lawsuits brought by the e-cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s “deeming rule.” The deeming rule, issued last year, established public health […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes. Those much-needed […]

Putting all of her heart into rugged sports before ‘American Ninja Warrior’ tryout

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS American Ninja Warrior, you’ve been warned: Molly Hemphill is coming after you again. She’s extremely fit, courageous and indomitable, a zealous rock climber eager to take on the NBC show’s rugged obstacle course that few can conquer. But Hemphill has conquered plenty already. She has […]

Hollywood and tobacco: Movie characters still lighting up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Filmmakers are having a hard time kicking the habit, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite earlier declines in tobacco use in youth-rated movies, that progress has stalled since 2010. Between 2010 and 2016, the total number of […]

FDA, health groups call for better strategies to test heart drugs in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration and three major health organizations are calling for a shakeup in how drugs are developed and tested in children with heart disease and other conditions. In a health policy statement issued Thursday, the groups said drug trials must be flexible […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

CDC: Youth e-cigarette use drops for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fewer middle and high school students are vaping, according to data released Thursday, the first time numbers have dropped since 2011, when e-cigarettes were first included in the governmental report. However, e-cigarettes remain the most used tobacco product by middle and high school students, surpassing […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association. Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically […]

Organizations fund more than $550,000 in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Five research programs are receiving a total of $561,798 to fund congenital heart defect research, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced Tuesday. About 40,000 infants are affected by congenital heart defects each year in the United States, and one in four […]

Nevada to require CPR training in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nevada recently became the 37th state to require CPR training for students. Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill in May. After the law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year, all of the state’s high school graduates will know how to perform CPR. For public […]

Knowing heart attack symptoms postpartum

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The terrifying chest pains and tightness started two weeks after Bronwyn Pullin had her baby boy. “I brushed it off as anxiety about a new baby and all the changes that come with it,” said Pullin. “I would try laying down, moving around or eating. […]

Promising athlete to heart patient … back to promising athlete

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS DENTON, Texas – With a highlight-reel sliding catch, centerfielder Camden Thrailkill sealed Denton Guyer’s victory 8-7 over Lewisville. In the stands, his parents could only marvel. “You’d never have expected this,” said Rik, his dad. “Just to see him out there competing, and the joy […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention. The bill, signed into law on Friday by President […]

Mom saves son with CPR after heart-stopping hit to chest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It all started out so normally. Jose Agredano, 16, had a soccer match on Feb. 16. In California, the San Benito High School team was playing Watsonville High, at Watsonville’s field. Jose’s parents, Jose Sr. and Gina, a family care doctor, were on the sidelines. […]

Florida children take steps intended to last a lifetime

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS TAMPA, Florida – Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School is organizing a half-hour health walk on Friday, but the steps are intended to last a lifetime. “We’re going to encourage kids to try to stay healthy,” said Demir Dikmen, one of the students. […]

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat. Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. […]

Chronic conditions decrease for younger people, report says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Early deaths because of chronic conditions including heart disease, cancer and HIV have decreased over the past decade among people under 44. Those results are “something to celebrate,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Ph.D., R.N., director of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, which released its […]

Fateful days changed the destiny of cardiology doctor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Two life-changing events helped mold Dr. Arie Szatkowski, an ebullient, shaggy-haired New Yorker, into a cardiac crusader of the Mid-South. When he was 23, his father, who was a doctor, died suddenly of a heart attack far too young. “He was my role model, and […]

South Dakota becomes 36th state to require CPR training to graduate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS CPR training will now be a requirement to graduate high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday. South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, D.C., that require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. […]

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat. Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s […]

Study finds kids’ meals not improving much despite initiative

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Parents frustrated with a barrage of unhealthy meal choices for their children when dining out were supposed to get a hand when the National Restaurant Association started an initiative six years ago to help cut calories, fat and sugar in kids’ meals. But a recent […]

Headaches far more common in kids than adults who have stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — Children are far more likely than adults to get headaches when having a stroke, a new study suggests. The findings, presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that 6 percent of children under age 3 and 46 percent […]

Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Children born with heart defects face learning challenges and inadequate special education assistance in elementary school, according to a new study. Using North Carolina education records, birth defect registries and birth certificates, researchers examined whether congenital heart defects were associated with low scores on standard […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem. Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a […]

Having a ball in the fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart disease is the world’s No. 1 killer. So even those without the condition are still affected. Pauline Pavao is one of those people. Although she’s healthy, Pauline lost both her parents to the disease, and her son Cori was born with a congenital heart […]

32 heart surgeries, and she’s only 19

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Bethany Gooch was a fussy newborn. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1997, regular pediatrician’s visits didn’t reveal anything wrong. But just days before Bethany’s first Christmas, her color seemed off. The Gooches took Bethany to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a pair […]

After her baby’s heart surgery, researcher studies impact on parents’ mental health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Sarah Woolf-King’s son Charlie was born with holes in his heart that required open-heart surgery when he was just 9 weeks old. The terrifying experience created stress, anxiety and isolation that sent the clinical psychologist online to message boards and Facebook groups looking to connect […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents […]

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.   There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

New reports find kids and adults love their soda and sugary drinks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite longstanding calls by health experts to put down the soda, Americans continue to enjoy their sugar-sweetened drinks. Nearly two-thirds of children in the United States reported consuming at least one soda or other sugary drink on any given day, according to new federal statistics […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday. There are […]

Yoda makes sheep history with heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS At first glance, Yoda looks like a perfectly healthy 15-month-old sheep as he playfully butts his head against a visitor’s knee and dances at the sight of his daily treat – a cup of delicious, nutritious grain. But look closer and you’ll notice the 18-inch-by-18-inch […]

Children work to make an ICU waiting area more child-friendly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS On their first day in the ICU waiting area at the Medical City McKinney in Texas, Adyn and Adysn Schachtel paid little attention to their surroundings. That’s because the children were more concerned about their father Andrew, a regular exercising, egg white-eating 43-year-old who’d inexplicably […]

In a book, two friends turn the page on heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Harry Zuckerman didn’t cry when he was born 17 years ago in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Doctors immediately suspected something might be wrong. Within days, Harry was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that changes the flow of blood through the heart. It […]

Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Doctors have historically advised against pregnancy in women with complex heart defects. But pregnancy may be possible for some of them, according to new guidance based on emerging data. The American Heart Association published the new advice Thursday in its journal Circulation. Pregnancy is a […]

Study uncovers more kidney failure decades after children’s heart transplants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People who had heart transplants as children have an increasing risk of kidney failure over time, researchers found when they connected databases that separately tracked the two conditions in thousands of people. The study findings showed kidney failure was more extensive than previously thought, said […]

Avoiding tobacco best way to avoid disease, researchers find

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Getting adults to quit smoking and preventing kids from ever starting are the best defenses against heart disease, stroke and other diseases, according to a new study. Experts’ rankings of the top 28 evidence-based preventive services that healthcare providers could offer were released Monday in a […]

New Michigan law requires CPR training to graduate high school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating. “We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist […]

7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Watching 7-year-old Ian Cox run and play with his little brother, it’s hard to imagine he was so fragile at birth. Like other boys his age, he loves building things with Legos and Playstix, and dressing up as superheroes, particularly the Samurai Power Ranger. “He […]

Teen e-cigarette use falls for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For the first time, researchers are finding that significantly fewer teens are using e-cigarettes, hookahs and other popular “vaping” products. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks trends in substance use among 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades, […]

Study ponders whether governments should consider drink taxes based on sugar content

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taxing drinks based on how much sugar is present could be the most effective way to decrease consumption and nudge the beverage industry to reduce sugar content, according to a report released Monday by the Urban Institute. The research shows a single-tier tax on sugar […]

Cozy red hats keep babies’ heads warm, raise awareness of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Gabe Foster loves to knit and do good deeds. That’s why the 10-year-old jumped at the chance to make red caps for newborns to help raise awareness about congenital heart disease. Last year, the fifth-grader from Fairport, New York, only had time […]

Surgeon General’s report warns e-cigarettes a ‘public health threat’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The growing use of e-cigarettes among young people is a “public health threat,” according to a new report released Thursday by the U.S. Surgeon General. The report is the first detailed federal review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on the nation’s youth. It […]

American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation fund more than $1M in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Seven researchers will split nearly $1.1 million in funding for congenital heart defect research. The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced the awards Tuesday. The funds are the latest to be doled out through the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, a program […]

HUD bans smoking in public housing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Smoking will be prohibited in public housing properties to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD announced Wednesday that public housing agencies must implement a smoke-free policy that bans the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah […]

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital. Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions. “What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask. When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit […]

Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS By July, more than 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its suburbs will begin seeing higher prices on sweetened drinks. The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed its $4.9 billion budget – including a penny-per-ounce tax on bottles, cans and fountain drinks that […]

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation. Fluctuations in blood pressure readings have been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of […]

C-sections could increase baby’s obesity risk  

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — Babies born vaginally – or those born by cesarean but exposed to their mother’s vaginal microbiota – have less risk of obesity later in life, a new study released Sunday suggests. The research analyzed data on 1,441 full-term deliveries from the Boston […]

Sugary drink sales drop nearly 20 percent after campaign

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — A new study indicates that educating the public about the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to dramatic changes in customers’ buying habits. Policy changes, coupled with community education efforts, led to a decline of nearly 20 percent of sales in […]

Children need conventional CPR; black and Hispanic children more likely to get Hands-Only method

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — Children benefit more from conventional CPR that includes rescue breath, but black and Hispanic children are more likely to receive the compressions-only method, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016. Using a large national registry in the United States, […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry. In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce tax […]

A passion to educate about healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Dr. Robin Williams raised her two sons to be healthy eaters in a household where the daily mantra was “no fast food,” “no soda,” and “not too much sugar, salt or fat.” So when her eldest son Austin turned 16, learned to drive, and came […]

Hospitalized children less likely to survive late-night cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A large, nationwide study of children who suffer cardiac arrest while in the hospital has revealed an under-recognized and potentially preventable problem. Hospitalized children who have a cardiac arrest and are resuscitated by hospital staff between 11 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. are less likely to […]

Four cities to cast pivotal ‘soda tax’ votes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Residents of four cities will cast pivotal votes this Election Day in the national movement to tax sugary beverages – with supporters saying momentum is spreading even in the face of large opposition spending. “First they laugh at you, then they fight you and then […]

Voices for Healthy Kids: Three years, 66 million lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Voices for Healthy Kids advocacy initiative released a progress report on Thursday saying the organization’s work has impacted more than 66 million lives over three years. The report details the work of coalitions of grassroots advocates and organizations throughout the country working on issues […]

The need for needles this flu season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s old news that flu season is coming, and you need to get vaccinated. But this year, the news comes with a twist: The nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, is not recommended. You need to get a shot. And here’s the cardiac news: For anyone with […]

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States should require cardiac emergency response plans in elementary through high schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Comprehensive cardiac emergency response plans can help schools save more lives, and should be required by state law, according to an American Heart Association policy published in the September issue of School Nurse. Intended for elementary through high school personnel, healthcare professionals, boards of education […]

Heart defect survivor a model in determination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After a heart murmur was detected in her newborn son, Kristen Holihan was told she could have him checked out at the local children’s hospital, or wait until after the Christmas holiday weekend. She didn’t want to wait and soon got devastating news: Tyler Matesen, […]

California to provide CPR training for most students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require CPR training for a majority of the state’s high school students. Although the California law falls short of the American Heart Association’s efforts to get states to provide CPR training to all […]

NFL PLAY 60 app adds virtual race, prizes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The American Heart Association and NFL on Thursday released an updated version of the NFL PLAY 60 app, which now includes a virtual race to Super Bowl LI in Houston and new rewards for daily play from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. In […]

Teen’s commitment to health inspires family to follow her lead

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The weight gain started when Maryflor Peña was in sixth grade. She was eating more of everything — more pasta, more pancakes, more tacos. She’d gained 65 pounds by the time she was in seventh grade. Tests at a checkup showed her […]

Preterm birth leads to smaller kidneys, higher blood pressure in adulthood

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ORLANDO, Florida — Premature birth cuts short kidney development — resulting in smaller kidneys and higher blood pressure in adulthood, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions. “Adults born preterm may not present with the […]

Big Soda, others sue to block Philadelphia soda tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As it promised to do, the beverage industry filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block Philadelphia’s soda tax. The American Beverage Association, along with restaurants and some consumers who joined in the suit, contend the city’s tax — to take effect in January — duplicates the […]

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association. Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, […]

Warning labels could impact kids’ sugary drink choices

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Health-related warning labels could impact whether adolescents buy sugary drinks, according to a study released this week that looked at kids’ hypothetical choices after being exposed to the labels. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the online study included 2,202 demographically diverse children […]

Obesity lower in four states, remains high among minorities in national report

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For the first time in a decade, some states have lowered obesity rates. Decreases occurred in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio, according to an analysis of U.S. data that was released in the “The State of Obesity” report issued annually by the Robert Wood […]

Majority of Americans favor banning pharmacy tobacco sales

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Two-thirds of U.S. adults are strongly or somewhat in favor of banning tobacco sales at pharmacies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday. The study, released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that of the more than 4,000 […]

Conjoined twins defy death with surgery that separates their hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When Jacquelyn Clark found out she was pregnant with twins, her joy turned quickly to despair. Scans showed the girls were conjoined at the heart and liver. Their chances of surviving were slim. But on Wednesday, doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study. After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates […]

Initiatives encourage Hispanics, Latinos to ditch sugary drinks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Guillermina Rice has made it her mission to look after the children at her son’s elementary school. It’s there that she championed a healthy beverage initiative. For Rice, the interest in nutrition and healthy living is personal. Diabetes runs in the family […]

Study: After Berkeley, California, tax, sugary drink consumption is down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After adopting the country’s first tax on sugary drinks, consumers in Berkeley, California, are drinking 21 percent less of these beverages, according to a new study released Tuesday. At the same time, consumption of water in the city increased by 63 percent, compared with a […]

Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Children and teens should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week, according to the American Heart Association’s first-ever scientific statement recommending specific sugar limits for kids. Publishing […]

St. Louis restaurant honors sons lost to congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A shared loss cemented a friendship and began a business partnership for Mark Hinkle and Greg Ortyl, the owners of St. Louis-area Olive + Oak. The restaurant pays tribute to their late sons, Oliver and Oakes, and raises awareness and funds for congenital heart defects. […]

USDA reminds schools to provide safe drinking water

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As students and parents prepare for a new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a memorandum reminding school districts and child care centers to provide safe drinking water to children. Recent events in Flint, Michigan, and other communities nationwide have made safe […]

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. […]

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New FDA tobacco regulations take effect

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Starting Monday, new rules take effect that extend the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco. FDA issued the new regulations in May after nearly two years of deliberation. Under the new rules, manufacturers, importers […]

Policymakers put money toward initiatives that should encourage healthy habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS City leaders and policymakers around the nation are getting behind measures meant to encourage healthier habits. In New York City, millions have been earmarked to beef up physical education in public schools. In Massachusetts, policymakers have funded improvements to encourage an active transportation lifestyle. And […]

8-year-old revived after heart stops on playground

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Sofia Montoya had been practicing her favorite song for her elementary school’s talent show April 22. She sang Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” over and over again with her mother, Shawna. But Sofia didn’t make it to the show. The bubbly, bright third-grader at Farallone View […]

NCAA reminding trainers, coaches to use cardiac arrest checklist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Summer school classrooms are humming with activity on college campuses across the nation and soon, so will sports fields full of student athletes returning for training camps and practices. But before they do, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s top medical chief is reminding head athletic […]

Camp offers children with serious illness ‘The Joy of Yes’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Joshua Martin had to be pushed in a stroller and needed an oxygen tank when he came to America to join his adoptive family. But now the 12-year-old can run through activities at Camp Boggy Creek with the rest of the campers who, like him, […]

Pokémon Go brings video games outside

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS  Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal. “There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we […]

Chickasaw Nation governor working to improve tribe’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When kids visit the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, they’re greeted with two questions: Are you hungry? Have you eaten today? If needed, a healthy meal is served on the spot. It’s a visible and compelling display of the Chickasaw Nation’s efforts to improve the health […]

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States — creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data for all ages, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. In the first contemporary assessment […]