American Heart Association

Detroit man transforms lifestyle to overcome heart failure


Protecting his health never entered the mind of James Young II during his 20s and 30s.

Exercise ended with his school years, and his diet largely consisted of fast food and microwaveable meals. He was also a heavy smoker and frequently met friends for a beer […]

‘Queen of Hearts’ aims to inspire


Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time.

Rekash first learned she had a congenital heart condition in 2000, when […]

AHA, CHF to fund $20M for heart defect research


Before Cain Clinkscales was born, his parents found out he was missing a main chamber in his heart. He’d need three open-heart surgeries.

“Our son is alive today because of research done in the past,” said Cain’s mother, Catherine Clinkscales. “But his future is unknown.” More […]

World Thrombosis Day: Understanding the often hidden risks, dangers of potentially deadly blood clots

Nearly three years after suffering a pulmonary embolism and six blood clots in her leg veins following routine knee surgery, Amy Fordham-Duff is still healing. But thanks to a small army of loving, supportive family, friends and health and wellness specialists, she’s winning her battle.

“I never could have imagined […]

Support Network helps in heart disease, stroke emotional recovery

When Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the association reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges.

“At the time, I had no idea where to turn […]

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a year after having a heart attack, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Social support is the […]