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Renowned medical journal editor Joseph A. Vita dies at 58

Joseph A. Vita, M.D., a renowned professor, cardiologist and scientist who launched Journal of the American Heart Association and served as its first editor-in-chief, died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 58.

From the first issue of the open-access journal known as JAHA in 2012, it has served […]

AHA, CHF join forces to help kids with heart defects

When Brycen Principe was born, his parents were overjoyed. But devastating news soon turned their excitement into shock, disbelief — and fear. Tiny Brycen had a heart defect.

“All I can remember thinking is ‘my baby is going to die,’” said his mom, Jessica.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and […]

ECGs won’t save more young people, experts say

Checking all young people with electrocardiograms or ECGs would not prevent more fatal heart problems, but routine physical exams and assessments of medical history could, a panel of heart experts said Monday.

The question of whether electrocardiograms should be mandatory for young athletes often arises after a young athlete dies […]

Award winner fights heart disease around the globe

Heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the world, has devastating effects on families, communities and even countries.

American Heart Association volunteer Craig Beam has for many years been committed to fighting heart disease on all three fronts: personally, locally and globally.

Last month Beam was named the Ron […]

July 9th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Award winner fights health disparities in Texas

Marcie Wilson’s son Kevin was just 2 years old when he fell into a hot tub and nearly drowned. His panicked dad pulled him out.

“He was so purple, almost black. He felt like rubber,” Wilson recalled. “I saw his life flash before me: the day he was born, his […]

July 9th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Physician of the year: Research has paid off

Neil Stone got a painfully early education in heart disease. One by one, it stole his family members.

His paternal grandmother died from a heart attack 48. Then her brothers died young from heart attacks too. Stone’s uncle had a heart attack in his 30s. He survived, only to succumb […]

July 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Healthcare volunteer of the year: Education first

Things were different when Debbie Camp started her nursing career in the 1970s — so different that she calls that time the Dark Ages.

“When stroke patients were admitted, we literally put them in the corner in the dark and waited, because the only treatment we had to offer them […]

Local, national contributions lead to successes

Years before he started volunteering for the American Heart Association, Don Hultgren’s mom suffered a stroke. Before then, Hultgren had no idea about all the work the organization does in this area.

But over the past 15 years, the Dallas-area businessman has enjoyed doing a large variety of important work […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Meritorious achievement winner focuses on smallest hearts

Dianne Atkins has devoted her entire career to protecting young hearts.

That passion drives Atkins’ work as professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and as a pediatric cardiologist. She’s a steadfast advocate for advancing resuscitation science in the young and the […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Meritorious achievement winner: You have to pay attention

Obesity is one of the biggest bullies around when it comes to heart health. But a group of science and medical volunteers for the American Heart Association is fighting back.

“The problems we’re facing are bigger than any single entity can overcome,” said Ronald Krauss, M.D., who founded the AHA […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments