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High blood pressure causing more deaths despite drop in heart disease, stroke deaths

Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and stroke, but deaths caused by high blood pressure are on the rise, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association.

Although cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the U.S., deaths fell by nearly a third from 2001 to 2011—a […]

December 19th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Promising experimental heart failure drug reduces deaths, hospitalizations

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

A new experimental drug could help many people with a certain kind of heart failure live longer, better lives, according to a large […]

December 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Days pass as Ginger Zimmerman waits for a new heart

The clock ticks and the days pass as Ginger Zimmerman waits for a heart.

The longtime American Heart Association volunteer, who successfully underwent a heart transplant 16 years ago, is suffering from complications and needs a second heart transplant.

She’s been in a hospital in New York for nearly eight months […]

December 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study […]

Harry Fozzard, pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, dies

Harry Fozzard, a pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, died Dec. 9 at the age of 83 at his home in Dana, North Carolina.

Fozzard was active in the American Heart Association for decades and was named a Distinguished Scientist in 2005. The Distinguished Scientist designation was created in 2003 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

Bariatric surgery improves blood sugar control in obese people with Type 2 diabetes

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-part series detailing the top scientific research of 2014, as determined by the American Heart Association’s volunteer and staff leaders.

Bariatric surgery improved blood sugar control, reduced the need for medications and improved the quality of life for obese patients with Type 2 […]

December 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

Ohio lawmakers make it easier for public to use school fields, facilities after school hours

Ohio lawmakers made it easier for schools to open their gymnasiums, pools, playgrounds, running track, athletic fields and other facilities to public use during non-school hours by passing legislation Wednesday that clarifies liability issues.

The “shared-use” bill, which becomes law 90 days after it’s signed by Gov. John R. Kasich , […]

December 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

American Heart Association statistical report tracks global figures for first time

The American Heart Association is no longer only keeping tabs on America’s health.

For the first time in the 50 years that the AHA has released an annual snapshot of heart disease and stroke statistics in the U.S., the new report released Wednesday now adds a global view.

Health data compiled […]

December 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

High fitness level reduces chance of developing hypertension

 

People with the highest fitness levels are less likely to develop hypertension, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“If you’re exercising and you’re fit, your chances of developing hypertension are much less than someone else who has the same characteristics but isn’t fit,” said […]