American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw.

Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck.

Cheryl stayed in the […]

High stress, hostility, depression may up stroke risk

Having a lot of stress, hostility and depression was associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research.

A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers studied how psychological factors […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After years of denial, heart attack prompts TV news anchor to face the facts – and share them with his community

As the anchor of a morning TV news show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott Sanborn had to be an early riser. In hopes of getting in some exercise before work, he set the alarm clock even earlier and hopped on his wife’s glider at 1:30 a.m.

Within a few minutes, […]

First set of recommendations in a decade advocate gender-specific approach for women

A more gender-specific approach should be used in diagnosing heart disease, according to the first set of guidelines in about a decade by the American Heart Association on women’s ischemic heart disease.

The scientific statement is the first since 2005 to update recommendations about how best to diagnose suspected ischemic heart disease in women. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Woman who ignored symptoms now advises others to be aware

More than anything, Melissa Blount wanted to give her daughter Safiya a sibling.

She built her life around her quest for another child. In her late 30s, this meant refusing to take medicine to lower her high cholesterol. While this raised her chance of heart disease, she didn’t worry about […]

TV personality Star Jones recounts personal health journey

Star Jones is a successful attorney, author, TV personality and American Heart Association National Volunteer. A decade ago, she was also obese, stressed out, and wondering what to do about it.

“I was the one who went from sexy and full figured to sloppy and fat,” she said Thursday at […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Survivor says Affordable Care Act may have saved her life

Life as a college freshman was crisp and new for Aqualyn Laury as she walked across the campus to her first class of the day. Then she felt a pop and her world changed.

Aqualyn, then an 18-year-old student at Spelman College in Atlanta, saw a flash of colors — […]

President George W. Bush cardiologist: Patient need should drive stress-test decisions

The cardiologist who performed the stent procedure on George W. Bush said in an interview with the American Heart Association that he decides whether to advise stress tests like the one performed on the former president based on each patient’s specifics.

Since the Aug. 6 procedure on the 67-year-old Bush, […]

More coverage of study on sex after a heart attack

The American Heart Association’s study about women hoping to get more information from their doctors about sex after a heart attack was covered extensively by other news outlets.

CBS News offered this video and online story
Harvard Women’s Health Watch offered this story
MSNBC offered this q-and-a

The American Heart Association also offers […]

Summer is a Stress-Free Zone

Lazy days of summer? Not so fast. The three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be one of the busiest – and most stressful – times of the year. With the kids home from school, vacations on the horizon, and an increased social calendar, summer can take […]