American Heart Association

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 patients […]

High thyroid hormone levels may up risk for irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Researchers may have found a new risk factor for an irregular heartbeat: high thyroid hormone levels.

Older people with higher levels of thyroid hormone were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than people with lower levels, even when levels were within the normal range, according to a […]

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Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A type of irregular heartbeat that greatly increases the risk for stroke develops much earlier in men, a new study shows.

Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver. Left untreated, it increases the risk of heart-related death and is linked to a five-fold increased […]

October 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

California man diagnosed with heart disease after walking 1,500-mile pilgrimage route

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ray Rivera recalls boasting to friends about his heart health. During a span of four years, he’d walked more than 1,500 miles along the famous Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage trails throughout Spain, Portugal and France.

Then during a routine checkup in 2015, Rivera was […]

Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients using a smartphone device to monitor their heart rhythm were almost four times more likely to detect an irregularity than those receiving routine medical care, a new study shows.

However, some say the roughly $10,000 cost of each detection is too pricey, especially considering the […]

August 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teaching patients to manage their own heart health should move beyond brochures and a doctor’s office visit to a more comprehensive approach that individualizes care, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association.

The statement, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, […]

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

June 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Heart Failure|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

New blood thinners require preparation to manage bleeding risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the popularity of a new generation of blood thinners surges, people taking them should be aware of bleeding risks, according to a recent statement from the American Heart Association.

There are occasions when the four newer anticoagulant drugs need attention, said Amish N. Raval, M.D. […]

Study: AFib patients may be able to stop blood thinners after ablation

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who are successfully treated with ablation may no longer need blood thinners, a new study shows.

Nearly 3 million Americans deal with atrial fibrillation, or AFib — a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can cause complications like blood clots, stroke and […]