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AHA earns Joint Accreditation status


The American Heart Association has been awarded Joint Accreditation status, a certification for excellence in interprofessional continuing education that has been attained by fewer than 20 organizations to date.

To achieve Joint Accreditation, applicants must meet specific criteria for medical, pharmacy and nursing continuing education, based […]

September 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions: SPRINT Study

What does the SPRINT study say about lowering blood pressure?
The clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), studied people over age 50 who had high blood pressure and at least one other risk factor for heart disease. (Patients with […]

September 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Sugar overload


Life is sweet, but shouldn’t involve this much sugar.

March 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Ginger Zimmerman has a new heart at last

Ginger Zimmerman has a new heart at last.

The longtime American Heart Association volunteer, who was on the transplant wait list for nearly nine months, learned Friday that a donor heart had been found. After testing confirmed the heart would be a good match, Ginger underwent transplant surgery Saturday night.

“With […]

January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New methods lead to discoveries in rare heart disease, post-stent vessel changes

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


Two innovative models to study and test how specific genes affect the heart and blood vessels are leading to successful experimental treatments, […]

December 31st, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

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||4 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||1 Comment

Teens smoking less, using e-cigarettes more, new report finds

E-cigarettes have surpassed tobacco cigarettes among teens for the first time, according to a national study.

The findings come from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, which tracks trends in substance use among students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades. This is the first time the annual survey […]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Study shows cholesterol drugs reduced cardiovascular risks

Adding a drug called ezetimibe to statin therapy significantly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke in high-risk patients with established heart disease, according to a long-awaited, large, randomized and controlled trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The IMProved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International […]

November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments

New type of medical research centered on patient values and needs

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has been a leader in the field of medical research for heart and stroke care for decades. This includes research studies that help refine treatment guidelines for hospitals and clinics. But until recently, direct patient engagement in these research studies has been lacking.

Research […]

November 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments