American Heart Association

Taking prescribed meds may reduce complications from heart procedures

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who take medications as prescribed are more than twice as likely to not have complications after heart procedures, according to a study released Monday.

The study — published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation — also found that heart bypass surgery patients appear to […]

AHA statement: Manage interactions with statins, heart disease drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease patients should inform their healthcare providers of all drugs they’re taking to manage interactions with cholesterol-lowering medicine, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

“Healthcare providers and their patients who take statins need to be aware that these medications could interact with their other […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday.

It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also “emphasize […]

Heart attack, stroke prevention is a cleaning problem, researcher says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants awarded by the American Heart Association to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

A Texas researcher wants to understand if a person’s genetics or cholesterol levels can predict how well […]

CDC: State prisons offer inmates options for cardiac care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

State prisons appear to be doing a good job in providing inmates with cardiac health care, with most also screening for cardiovascular risk factors, found a federal survey of state prison officials.

The report, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows cardiac […]

Medicare aims to reduce heart attacks, strokes with new program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than 500 healthcare practices nationwide have been selected to participate in a federally sponsored program to prevent heart attacks and strokes among Medicare patients, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said this week.

The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model is part of […]

Heart disease, constructed from a mysterious mixture of traits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Piece by piece, researchers are working on different parts of the puzzle to control and cure heart disease. At Mount Sinai, Ron Do, […]

Fluctuations in ‘bad’ cholesterol may worsen brain function

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fluctuating “bad” cholesterol levels could worsen your cognitive function.

In a European study, those with the highest low-density lipoprotein cholesterol variability took an average 2.7 seconds longer to finish a cognitive test to name ink colors or color words written in different ink (for example, the […]

Noted genetic researcher Musunuru working on heart disease vaccine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While some people are prone to heart disease despite healthy lifestyles, some others seem immune to the world’s leading cause of death – even if they smoke, don’t exercise or have high blood pressure or other proven health risks.

“Some people are simply born with genes […]

Inherited high cholesterol increases long-term risks of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is due to a […]