American Heart Association

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 found […]

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, […]

Cardiac rehabilitation helps survivors deal with the aftermath of a heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After her heart attack, Michelle Robinson regularly feared she was going to die.

She had had a small artery that was 80 to 90 percent blocked that her doctor thought was best to treat through medication and a heart-healthy diet rather than surgery. She was afraid […]

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Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]

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Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For weeks, Roxanne Watson thought she’d pulled a muscle in her back.

“I worked in a retail store and was helping unload merchandise from a truck when I felt this pain,” recalls Watson, 62, who lives in Nanuet, New York.

After taking a couple of aspirin she […]

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, multicultural, Stories from the Heart, Transplant|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]

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Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

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Pricey cholesterol drug cuts heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A highly anticipated study has found that the new cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab can reduce heart attacks and strokes among high-risk patients.

The findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, showed that the […]

Routine blood tests may help predict chronic disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A patient’s age and results from routine blood tests might be enough to give doctors a window into the future by creating a score that measures chronic disease risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City say […]

Healthy lifestyle makes it possible to outsmart your genes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Your genes are not necessarily your destiny – at least when it comes to the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital […]