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Teen lifeguard saves drowning boy with CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lifeguard Brianna White surveyed the afternoon crowd on July 9 like she did every day at the community pool in Billings, Montana. Everyone was following the rules. No running, no horseplay.

Then she spotted a 4-year-old boy in the middle of the pool just as he […]

July 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Much done, much still to do 30 years after Heckler Report

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Thirty years after a groundbreaking report about health disparities among African-Americans and other minorities, doctors and public health leaders say the nation has much more to do.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler commissioned The Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and […]

FDA approves new cholesterol drug

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a major new class of medicines to lower cholesterol, and thereby protect against heart attacks.

Praulent (alirocumab) from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals received approval and a second drug, Repatha (evolocumab) from […]

July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The too-sweet truth: FDA proposes daily value measures on added sugars

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed Friday that a “percent daily value” for added sugars be part of nutrition labels on packaged foods providing consumers more information about how added sugar fits into their daily diets.

The information would be similar to what Americans have […]

July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ambassador program created to support heart valve patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After surviving cancer in her teens, Susan Strong spent her life thinking she’d be lucky to reach 50. On the eve of that milestone and eight months after a heart valve procedure, she has a new attitude.

“This past year has been about making meaning out […]

July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |5 Comments

Hospitals often overestimate their ability to deliver fast stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hospitals often overestimate their performance in providing fast delivery of anti-clotting medication to stroke patients, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers surveyed staff in 141 hospitals who treated 48,201 stroke patients in 2009 and 2010. They found that hospital […]

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Very fake study to look at blood pressure and CGI movie sharks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The third movie in the Sharknado franchise makes it quite clear that if tornadoes rain thousands of sharks down upon a metropolitan area, we’re all in big trouble.

A new unscientific study, led by a very small team of unscientific interns working for the American Heart […]

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Mom becomes heart, CPR advocate after losing son

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on Sept. 10, 2013.

The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State College had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 911 while the other stayed with Taylor.

“He’d never been trained in CPR, so […]

Blacks are at greater risk for sudden cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are more likely than whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest and at a much earlier age, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers also found that blacks had higher rates than whites of well-established risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including […]

July 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |3 Comments

Early researcher discovered carbohydrates could contribute to atherosclerosis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Dr. Frederick Hatch was a young researcher, he and his wife moved frequently around the country.

There were stints of study at Dartmouth, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he spent time doing research at the Army Nutrition Laboratory during the Korean War.

Those […]

July 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment