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New York City salt proposal moves forward

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The public has had its say, and now New York City health officials have the next month to determine whether Olive Garden, Applebee’s and other chain restaurants in the city must place warning labels on high-sodium menu items.

The proposed rule, introduced by the city’s Board of […]

July 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kawasaki disease survivor meets Dr. Kawasaki

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michael LaBelle recently met the man who discovered the disease he was diagnosed with as a toddler.

Japanese pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki, now 90, first described the mysterious disease in 1967, calling it GOK, for “God only knows.” It is known today as Kawasaki disease.

“Not many people […]

5-year-old’s legacy: CPR in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Madison McCarthy died from sudden cardiac arrest at age 5. She would have turned 19 on July 21.

Every year on Madison’s birthday, her parents and two brothers, 17-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Ryan, do something to remember her: a picnic at her grave or watching the […]

Mom becomes heart, CPR advocate after losing son

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on Sept. 10, 2013.

The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State College had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 911 while the other stayed with Taylor.

“He’d never been trained in CPR, so […]

Teen stroke survivor back in dance shoes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The summer morning started like a typical California day. Gracie Doran practiced surfing at the beach with her dad since a trip to Hawaii was just around the corner. But by the time Gracie left the water, she was clutching her right hand, limping and […]

AHA, other leading health groups urge action against U.S. Chamber

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and four other leading health organizations on Wednesday urged members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to resign unless the chamber stops fighting anti-tobacco measures around the world.

The move follows a recent investigative series in The New York […]

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Waist size matters in diagnosing obesity among minorities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Measuring body mass index may not be enough to diagnose obesity in some minority groups, according to a new statement published this week by the American Heart Association. The size of a person’s waist can also play a key role in making the diagnosis.

“BMI doesn’t […]

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Small town hit by tornado stays in fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A year and a half after a deadly tornado in Washington, Illinois, destroyed homes, tore up roads and displaced families, the town has rallied to rebuild — and to give back.

This spring, residents raised more than $50,000 to fight heart disease.

Yet back on Nov. 17, […]

A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Some children’s hospitals already have rapid response processes for when a child comes in with stroke-like symptoms, but most hospitals do not, said Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., […]

July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Guidelines urge new approach to treating worst strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hospitals nationwide may soon change how they treat the most disabling strokes after new guidelines released Monday recommend using tiny devices to snag large clots from a blocked artery within the brain.

The clot-removal devices are wire cages called stent retrievers, or “stentrievers,” and the American […]