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AHA mourns passing of cardiac surgeon killed at hospital

The cardiac surgeon who was shot to death at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was remembered by American Heart Association leaders Wednesday as a caring and brilliant man devoted to saving lives.

Michael J. Davidson, M.D., died Tuesday night from wounds sustained during a shooting at the Shapiro Cardiovascular […]

January 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||8 Comments

AHA president points out problems in new study, urges sodium limits

Helping people get healthier is a responsibility we take very seriously at the American Heart Association. That’s why we carefully evaluate the latest scientific evidence before we make recommendations about the healthiest way to eat.

And that’s why, as president of this trusted organization, I feel it is my duty […]

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New measurement of HDL function provides information about cardiovascular risk

A new measurement called “cholesterol efflux capacity” may be an indicator of heart disease, according to recently published research.

The findings from UT Southwestern Medical Center research appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine and also may provide information to better target therapeutic treatments than standard measurements of high-density […]

January 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

FDA approves new blood thinner

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new blood thinner to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heartbeat that affects more than 2.7 million Americans.

The agency also approved Savaysa (edoxaban tablets), developed by Tokyo-based Daiichi […]

January 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

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||0 Comments

Most patients don’t get counseling about sex after heart attack

 A new study in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found most patients don’t receive counseling about resuming sexual activity  after having a heart attack.

Researchers interviewed 3,501 heart attack patients in 127 hospitals and followed up with a phone call a month later in August 2008-January 2012 in the […]

December 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Women’s age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease risk

Women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 10 or younger, or age 17 or older,  may be at higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and complications of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers analyzed data collected from […]

December 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||6 Comments

New online community offers personalized resources for AFib patients

Debbe McCall knows the importance of having correct information and strong support.

After decades of being the family caregiver and working in healthcare, the tables were turned in March 2009 when she had her first episode of atrial fibrillation. It was more than a year before she was correctly diagnosed […]

December 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments

Cold and flu medications can increase blood pressure

If you’re ringing in the holidays with a cold or the flu, you should know that over-the-counter drugs taken to control the symptoms can also raise blood pressure and strain the kidneys.

The culprits? Pseudoephedrine and other cold medicine ingredients that may increase blood pressure.

The flu can have serious health […]

December 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Data suggests this flu season may be severe

Early data suggests that the current flu season may be severe as it may be dominated by strains of flu virus that are not fully covered by this year’s vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged anyone still unvaccinated to get a shot.  The CDC also recommended prompt […]

December 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments