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Super Bowl champion secretly played with an enlarged heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Long before Jesse Sapolu won four Super Bowls as an offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers – host for Sunday’s Super Bowl – he was told he couldn’t play sports.

Born in Samoa, Sapolu had contracted rheumatic fever as a child.

“It was so painful, my […]

IBM’s Watson brings heart health to work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Workers looking to improve their heart health can now get access to the most proficient of health coaches. IBM’s famous supercomputer Watson is adding heart health to its list of skills.

The American Heart Association announced Monday the launch of its new Workplace Health Achievement Index […]

Teenager turns heart condition into teaching tool for other youngsters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nadia LuQman’s parents were ready to take her home from the hospital shortly after her birth when doctors discovered a telltale sign of a serious problem.

Newborn Nadia had a heart murmur. Further tests revealed Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect involving four specific problems, including […]

From math teacher to hip-hop artist, health advocate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Before he became hip-hop artist Dee-1, David Augustine was on the school chess team. He played basketball and his favorite subject was math.

“I wasn’t a performer by any means,” he said. “I really didn’t even like being the center of attention.”

He turned to music during […]

January 27th, 2016|Categories: Healthy Living, Heart Disease, multicultural, Stroke|Tags: |2 Comments

Small protein plays role in heart muscle contraction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A previously unrecognized small protein in cells of the human heart plays a role in heart muscle contraction, according to a study published this month in Science.

The mouse study findings offer a new possible way to boost the strength of cardiac muscle contractions in patients […]

January 25th, 2016|Categories: Heart Failure, Research||2 Comments

Actress learns of heart problem after collapsing on soccer field

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A few summers ago, Amber Waller Karasawa went into cardiac arrest while playing in a co-ed soccer game. Thinking she was having a seizure, the other players stood back.

But a teammate with military training knew what to do and quickly started CPR. Two other players […]

Survivors, lawmakers call for expanded access to cardiac rehab

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation could help the roughly 965,000 Americans who suffer a coronary event each year, as well as patients diagnosed with heart failure. Yet research has found that only one-eighth of all eligible Medicare beneficiaries participate in cardiac rehab programs.

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised […]

Child nutrition back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday will consider legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs, including school meal programs and nutrition standards.

President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – the last child nutrition reauthorization – into law more than five years ago. Since then, the […]

Explorer Shackleton may have had hole in his heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sir Ernest Shackleton, an explorer who made grueling expeditions to Antarctica in the early 20th century, may have had a hole in his heart.

Authors said in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine that Shackleton likely had a congenital heart defect known as an […]

January 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Disease||0 Comments

Young man’s life changes course after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 23, Brent Wylie was a recent college graduate working in real estate investment and making plans for law school.

On a Friday night in August 2011, he was on his way to meet up with friends at an Atlanta nightclub, talking on the phone with […]

January 14th, 2016|Categories: Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , |0 Comments