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Screening young athletes for heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The NCAA is moving forward with developing guidelines to detect college athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death — an issue that recently riled university team physicians and is seeping into state legislatures, where lawmakers are pushing for mandated heart screenings for high school athletes.

But […]

Student born with heart defect aims to save lives through Girl Scout project

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caroline Hickam is pouring her heart into attaining the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Born with a heart defect that required surgery when she was just a few weeks old, the Maryland high school junior is focusing her Gold Award project on heightening […]

Harnessing the immune system to prevent heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

The immune system does a lot of things. It protects the body from infections. It makes vaccines work.

It can […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

Groups push for expanded telestroke coverage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Congressional staff members heard from top stroke organizations Wednesday at a briefing to urge lawmakers to support legislation that would expand coverage of offsite stroke care to all Medicare beneficiaries.

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) plans to introduce the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act — or […]

Metabolic abnormalities may increase risk in black women

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Previous studies have focused primarily on white participants and found that obesity […]

May 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Support group, home exercise improves mobility for PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Group behavioral therapy that encouraged walking at home significantly improved and prevented mobility loss among patients with clogged arteries in the legs, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Known as peripheral artery disease, clogged arteries in the legs can cause pain […]

Lauren Lindberg jumped at the opportunity to fight cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lauren Lindberg never got the chance to meet her maternal grandfather, Roger Obringer, who died before she was born—heart attack at age 37. But when a form came home from Lauren’s school to participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart fundraising drive, […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Years ago, when Sally Soter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, she told her doctor she was determined to conquer heart disease — and help other women facing it too.

Her commitment to fighting the No. 1 killer of women […]

Guide created to help understand, diagnose mystery strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new guide has been created to help healthcare professionals better understand and diagnose strokes of unknown cause.

The free resource is part of an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association initiative in collaboration with Medtronic plc which aims to reduce the rate of recurrent strokes in […]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments