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Foundation bolsters commitment to fighting childhood obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, announced a $500 million commitment to help all kids achieve a healthy weight, focusing on people and places hardest hit by obesity.

About one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, according […]

American Heart Association expands global efforts

The American Heart Association now has web pages in eight languages to reach more people with lifesaving information. Cardiovascular disease is expected to kill about 23 million people a year globally by 2030, and the launch supports the AHA’s belief that everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life.

The […]

Anti-smoking campaign one of century’s best

A campaign dedicated to wiping out youth smoking was named one of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st Century by Advertising Age on Jan. 12. Cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans a year and leaving 16 million others suffering […]

Collaborative pre-hospital and hospital systems speed treatment and benefit stroke patients

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

Although fast treatment after a stroke can save lives and help survivors avoid long-term disabilities, less than a third of eligible stroke […]

December 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

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