American Heart Association

Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people at average risk

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.

Millions more people worldwide may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statins after a global study showed the drugs help reduce heart attacks and strokes in […]

She changed her life after high blood pressure crisis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taunya Stewart woke up feeling strangely hot. Her body felt taut, as though she would pop if someone were to touch her.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m having a heart attack’,” she said.

Stewart called her mom to take her to the hospital, which […]

Patients don’t know how to best manage their cholesterol, survey finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most people with high cholesterol are not sure how to manage the potentially deadly condition, according to a survey from the American Heart Association.

Nearly one in three American adults has high levels of LDL cholesterol, according to AHA statistics. It’s a serious health risk, because […]

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat.

Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. It […]

Lab researchers create possible antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sage Wiener, M.D., has taken care of dozens of people with carbon monoxide poisoning as an emergency medicine doctor in Brooklyn. He’s relied on oxygen to alleviate the headaches, dizziness, vomiting and other symptoms – a strategy that hasn’t changed much in recent decades.

But Wiener […]

Indigenous South American group has the world’s healthiest arteries

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the Bolivian Amazon, there’s a group with the healthiest arteries of all populations ever studied.

Among the Tsimane (pronounced chee-mah-nay) people – a remote society of foragers and horticulturalists – hardening of the arteries is five times less common than in the United States, researchers […]

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 […]

Overweight, obese people risk heart disease at younger ages

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon —People who are overweight or obese experience cardiovascular disease at an earlier age than people of normal weight.

That’s the findings of a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Prior studies have suggested an […]

First fainting guidelines issued to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fainting could be a sign of a serious heart problem and should be evaluated by a doctor, say new guidelines from three leading heart organizations.

The guidelines, issued Thursday by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society, are the first such […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday.

Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy choices […]