Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings — including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral — may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, new research indicates. The findings, however, still leave many questions about exactly how these chemicals affect the heart, […]

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 […]

Study suggests Botox may help prevent AFib after heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Best known for smoothing facial wrinkles, the neurotoxin Botox could one day have a new use: stopping an abnormal heart rhythm that sometimes develops after heart surgery. Researchers injected botulinum neurotoxin, sold as Botox, into five fatty areas around the hearts of […]

Catching up on sleep over the weekend may not help the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Using the weekend to catch up on sleep may not be good for heart health, a new study suggests. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, included more than 21,000 older female health care professionals without a history […]

Is there a new meth-related heart failure crisis on the horizon?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California – The steady rise in methamphetamine use across the country seems to be creating its own epidemic – a new kind of heart failure case, according to new research. The study, released Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference, shows heart […]

Queen Latifah honored for promoting heart failure awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California – When Rita Owens was diagnosed with heart failure, her family rallied together. They attended doctor’s appointments and learned all they could about the condition. They took pictures of which pills to take at different times of day to use as a visual […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uninsured patients faced devastating hospital bills for heart attack, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Most heart attack and stroke patients without health insurance take a devastating financial hit from hospital bills, according to a study conducted before Americans could start getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Median hospitalization charges among uninsured recent legislative push is […]

Nearly half of U.S. adults could now be classified with high blood pressure, under new definitions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS   Lea en español ANAHEIM, California — Nearly half of American adults are at risk for major health problems because of high blood pressure, according to a new scientific guideline that redefines the dangerous condition and provides tactics for doctors to detect, treat and prevent […]

Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking. I’m kind of in a hurry to get to our destination and you probably are, too. Since I know what I’m doing, I’m going to cut some time by zipping through all those boring safety […]

Baseball great Rod Carew thankful for advancements in care, treatment of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – A secret to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s success as a hitter was how hard he studied. He kept a notebook detailing every pitch he saw from every pitcher and looked it over before every at-bat. So Carew appreciates people […]

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 […]

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 […]

Odds of dying from sudden cardiac arrest due to sex is low, study says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS AHAHEIM, California — A new study says that the odds of dying from sudden cardiac arrest due to sex is extremely low – even for people with heart disease. Researchers analyzed records on 4,557 sudden cardiac arrest deaths around Portland, Oregon, between 2002 and 2015 […]

Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it’s a man or woman

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR in public and far more likely to die afterward, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events that occurred between 2011 and 2015 and released their preliminary results Saturday at American Heart Association’s […]

Many U.S. Latinos aren’t familiar with lifesaving device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español ANAHEIM, California — One in four U.S. Latinos have never heard of a portable device available in many public places that can help save someone whose heart has stopped, new research shows. That’s compared to 4 percent of whites who were unfamiliar […]

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 […]

What is a medical guideline, and how is it created?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Healthcare providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient. Occasionally – as is expected with Monday’s announcement of new guidelines about treating high blood pressure – they can make big news. But what exactly are […]