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The future of cardiovascular medicine


Kami Sutton wasn’t even a day old before her first heart surgery.

She was born with her heart on the right side of her chest instead of the left. It wasn’t connected to her lungs. Her heart also didn’t develop properly: the two pumping chambers were […]

Ohio mom changes her family’s lifestyle after high blood pressure diagnosis


Shanna Keeler didn’t think her eating habits were that bad. After all, she ate what everyone else did: the pizza, burgers and soda after her kids’ sports games and “whatever sounded good” when eating out with friends.

“I didn’t really think about it,” said the 45-year-old […]

New evidence cuts through confusion about risks, benefits of hormone therapy


A major research study in 2002 caused a stir after finding that hormone therapy in older women was associated with elevated risks for heart attack, stroke, breast cancer and blood clots.

The result? Many women gave up the drugs, and some doctors stopped prescribing them.

But new […]

Heart-health tool may help lower risk of blood clots in deep veins and lungs


Life’s Simple 7 is a tool from the American Heart Association that helps people reach the goal of ideal heart health. It also may help reduce the risk of blood clots in the deep veins and lungs, according to a new study.

Researchers recently reported that […]

Prehospital delays linked to more heart attack deaths among women

Women are less likely than men to survive a heart attack because of delays in getting to treatment, according to an Italian study.

The reasons, researchers found, is because women wait much longer before calling emergency medical services, and even once they do, women face much longer delays in getting […]

Hot flashes at younger age may signal increased heart risk

Women who have hot flashes earlier in life may have less healthy blood vessels than those who develop the menopausal symptom later in life or not at all, according to two new studies.

Women and their doctors tend to think of hot flashes solely as a quality of life concern. […]

Guidelines for blood thinner use could impact nearly all women and seniors with AFib

Doctors would prescribe blood thinners to nearly a million more patients if they strictly followed the latest guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation, according to a new registry analysis.

That means practically every woman and every person age 65 and older with the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib — […]

Too much sodium on restaurant menus

Restaurant fare is notorious for being loaded with sodium. Now a new study finds restaurants are also serving up very sodium-dense foods.

The results, published Thursday in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, showed that regular menu items had an average of 2,196 milligrams of sodium per 1,000 calories […]

Uncertainties remain about link between marijuana and stroke risk

Suspicions that marijuana use may be associated with stroke attracted new attention this month following case reports on more than five dozen pot users. The report, published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, stopped short of claiming proof of a cause-and-effect link, but the early conclusions still drew […]

AHA president donates ECG that belonged to American Heart Association co-founder

“Have you ever heard of Paul Dudley White?” asked an atrial fibrillation patient being treated by American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, M.D. Dr. White is lionized as a pioneering heart specialist.

He was the famous doctor who once cared for President Dwight Eisenhower after a heart attack and was […]