American Heart Association

Patients counseled on genetic heart disease risk feel they have more control over fate

Adults counseled on their genetic risk of coronary heart disease believe they have more control over their fate, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Researchers examined the impact of disclosing risk of 10-year heart disease with or without genetic risk information to 207 […]

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Healthy diet linked to decreased blood-pressure measurements

A heart-healthy diet is related to decreased blood pressure measurements, researchers said in a study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart and blood vessel disease.  While it is known that following U.S. dietary […]

People who gained weight after quitting smoking still had lower death risk

In a small study in Japan, people who stopped smoking didn’t face increased death risk if they gained weight, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Quitters had a significantly lower risk of death compared to smokers regardless of their weight change after they […]

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New wireless ECG saves treatment time for people with severe heart attacks

A new trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG can identify the most severe type of heart attack swiftly and save significant time from ambulance to angioplasty, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.
An ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart and helps medical […]

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New leadless pacemaker safe, reliable

A new self-contained leadless cardiac pacemaker is a safe and reliable alternative to conventional pacemakers, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The new device reduces complications that have existed over the last 50 years that are associated with lead placement and performance […]

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Social media strategy may increase public awareness about donor heart needs

Using social media to deliver both emotional and concise medical content as well as the need for heart transplants and organs resulted in a higher engagement with members, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Social media has not been used extensively in […]

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More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant

More children with dilated cardiomyopathy are surviving without a heart transplant, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart is enlarged (dilated) and the pumping chambers contract poorly (usually left side is worse than right). It can have genetic and […]

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Unhealthy behavior may be cross-generational

Children whose parents spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or other screen are more likely than other children to have excessive screen-time habits, as well as associated risks for heart and blood vessel disease, according to a study presented this week at the American […]

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Education and feedback may help improve heart health among high-risk groups

Using a smart phone app for education and feedback about heart-healthy behavior may decrease the risk for heart and blood vessel disease among young black women, researchers said in a pilot feasibility study presented this week at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“We need to raise awareness among women […]

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Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. However, these images may not […]