American Heart Association

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]

Former NFL players found to have larger aortas, but is that dangerous?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Former NFL players are twice as likely to have enlarged aortas than the general public, according to a new study. But even the researchers admit they’re not sure whether the condition actually poses a health risk to the retired athletes.

The study screened former NFL players […]

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Minnesota Vikings join the many NFL players helping kids get healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen and Kyle Rudolph are the latest in a long line of NFL players tackling the issue of children’s health.

The players (and plenty of kids) star in a new video released Tuesday as part of the NFL Play 60 Challenge, a nationwide in-school […]

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Obesity, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Minnesota Vikings join the many NFL players helping kids get healthy

Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort.

Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for […]

NFL players pay tribute to loved ones, AHA through the shoes they choose

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: The 7th paragraph was recast on Dec. 7, 2016, to correct the NFL players who wore AHA-related cleats.

When Daren Bates of the Oakland Raiders had the chance to design special shoes for the National Football League’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign this week, […]

AHA, NFL launch program to encourage safe sports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keeping kids who play sports safe and keeping all kids physically active are the goals of a new program launched by the NFL and American Heart Association.

Back to Sports provides certified athletic trainers with grants that will fund up to 100 community events nationwide for […]

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Children, Physical Activity|Tags: , , |Comments Off on AHA, NFL launch program to encourage safe sports

Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell changed his weight and his life

In the years after he retired from professional football, quarterback Scott Mitchell saw the number on his scale rise about 10 pounds per year. His blood pressure numbers rose along with his weight, as did his triglycerides and the number of times he would stop breathing during the night […]

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell changed his weight and his life

Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Kurt Warner was in the middle of his professional football career when a routine annual physical revealed some unsettling results.

The Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL MVP had high cholesterol.

“It was a shock,” Kurt Warner said, adding that he believed cholesterol was based only on diet and exercise.

Warner, along […]

September 17th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Peyton Manning helps fight heart disease in women

Peyton Manning, storied NFL quarterback, spoke out against heart disease this week at an American Heart Association luncheon in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The luncheon is part of an annual event supporting the AHA’s Go Red For Women program, which helps spread the word about the threat heart disease poses to the health and lives of women […]

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Cardiovascular issues sideline two NFL coaches

The health problems of two NFL coaches highlight the importance of taking care of yourself, especially in high-stress jobs.

Denver Broncos coach John Fox had heart surgery Saturday and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed Sunday night after having a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke or a TIA.

The job of […]