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 […]

Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Not as many heart surgery patients may need to be exposed to the potential dangers of blood transfusions, according to a new study that researchers say may change current practice.

About half of all heart surgery patients receive blood transfusions, but until now […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

Hollywood producer pens memoir about heart surgery, life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An avid golfer, Richard Crystal was enjoying a day on the course with friends when he realized something wasn’t right. He had a burning sensation in his chest. Then his heart began beating rapidly.

Fortunately, he didn’t delay in seeing his cardiologist. He learned that he […]

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Star Jones credits cardiac rehab with getting her life back

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When television personality Star Jones prepared for heart surgery, she knew she had a lot more life to live. Embarking on post-surgery cardiac rehabilitation proved crucial in her successful recovery.

“There’s no question that preventive open-heart surgery saved my life. But there is also no question […]

Goodloe: Finding ways to offer and ask for help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After getting a mechanical heart valve replacement and a pacemaker, former social worker and teacher Kimberly Goodloe found herself in an unfamiliar position: asking for help.

Making peace with the surgeries she required and adjusting to her new “normal” presented significant challenges to the active, independent […]

Space technology studied for heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A Chicago heart surgeon is trying to determine whether a cooling technology originally developed for astronauts could help patients recover more quickly after open-heart surgery.

The device, called a “Cooling Cap,” uses targeted hypothermia to slow brain activity, potentially limiting or preventing damage by reducing the […]

September 18th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |Comments Off on Space technology studied for heart surgery

Complex heart imaging tests may raise children’s lifetime cancer risk

Radiation from standard X-rays doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most children, but  it can for those who have complex heart disease and are exposed to large cumulative doses, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had heart surgery at Duke University […]

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Myra Sky auditioned for “The Voice” as her father prepared for heart surgery

When Myra Sky heard she was in the final round of auditions for NBC’s “The Voice,” she couldn’t believe that after years of preparation she was on the cusp of her big break.

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been deep into music,” she said. “My father has […]

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Study shows promise for heart surgery patients with Down syndrome

A large national study suggests that children with Down syndrome — the most common chromosomal disorder — do not face additional risks when undergoing heart surgery. In addition, the children may actually have a better chance of survival while hospitalized compared with other pediatric heart patients.

Researchers at the University […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]