American Heart Association

Too many festive holiday drinks can take a toll on your heart health


Feel free to enjoy a drink or two this holiday season — just be careful while decking those halls.

That’s the advice from cardiologists who see patients with an irregular heartbeat caused by drinking too much alcohol, a problem known as “holiday heart syndrome.”

“Holiday heart syndrome is […]

Less is more in ablation treatment for persistent AFib


Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

It’s not necessary to burn extra tissue in the heart when treating persistent atrial fibrillation, or AFib, according to new research.

AFib, […]

Idaho girl jumps for her Pau Pau


Mikala Hicks had no doubt about who she would be jumping for at her school’s Jump Rope For Heart event last school year.

Fanly Lim, her grandmother, or, in Cantonese, her “Pau Pau.”

Mikala, 10, is close to her grandmother, who picks her up after school each […]

New drug restores irregular heart rhythm more often and much faster


The multi-channel blocker vernakalant restored sinus rhythm more often and much faster than the widely used class III drug ibutilide in patients presenting to the emergency room with recent-onset atrial fibrillation (quivering or irregular heartbeat), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s […]

Botox may prevent irregular heartbeat after bypass surgery


Botox — known for reducing facial wrinkles — may also prevent irregular heart rhythms when injected into fat surrounding the heart after bypass surgery, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is produced by Clostridium […]

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women


Years ago, when Sally Soter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, she told her doctor she was determined to conquer heart disease — and help other women facing it too.

Her commitment to fighting the No. 1 killer of women […]

Guidelines for blood thinner use could impact nearly all women and seniors with AFib

Doctors would prescribe blood thinners to nearly a million more patients if they strictly followed the latest guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation, according to a new registry analysis.

That means practically every woman and every person age 65 and older with the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib — […]

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects post-stroke irregular heartbeat

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation episodes and episode duration in patients who have had cryptogenic strokes (cause of stroke unknown), according to two studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Doctors cannot determine the cause of ischemic stroke in 20 percent […]

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

Antman urges innovation to harness technology, big data

Scientific researchers and healthcare professionals must transform emerging technology and big data into innovative ways to help patients, American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, MD, FAHA, said Sunday during his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions.

Antman cited several examples of groundbreaking science that are already putting technological and innovative advances […]