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Experts reassert value of AHA/ACC risk calculator after study finds it overestimates heart risk

Several risk assessment tools, including one from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, were found to overestimate heart attack and stroke risk, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

But experts who developed the AHA/ACC risk calculator said they already knew about […]

American Stroke Association and Medtronic announce plans to collaborate

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Medtronic plc, a maker of medical devices, announced a plan on Friday to work toward decreasing recurring strokes in patients whose strokes have no known cause.

The two organizations announced the arrangement at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville.

Thirty percent of ischemic strokes […]

February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Q&A about federal nutrition panel’s advice on dietary cholesterol

1. What was stated in a preliminary document from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee? 

The draft document states that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

2. Does the proposed change mean that my diet does not affect my cholesterol levels?  

No. Despite finding that excessive cholesterol in the […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||4 Comments

New federal guidelines may lift dietary cholesterol limits

Keeping up with what foods are heart-healthy can be a challenge. Now, the federal government may soon be dropping its decades-old advice about eating too much cholesterol.

The nation’s top dietary advisory committee is calling for the removal of limits on dietary cholesterol, according to media reports. The Dietary Guidelines […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

North Carolina pulse ox test saved Jovie’s life

In the hours following Jovie Faye Smith’s birth last October, all seemed well: She was full-term, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was feeding well.

But before she could leave the hospital, Jovie had to undergo a screening test that recently became mandatory for all newborns in the state of […]

February 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Andie MacDowell to be honored for raising awareness about heart disease in women

Andie MacDowell may be best known for her roles in classic films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day, but the L’Oreal Paris model and award-winning actress has another role: advocating for heart health in women through the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

On Feb. […]

February 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Red sweeps the nation this month to support women’s heart health

The color red represents strength, joy and power and during American Heart Month in February, it symbolizes the fight against heart disease in women.

One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Education and lifestyle changes, however, can prevent 80 percent of […]

February 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||7 Comments

Kawasaki Disease Symposium shares information, research on once mysterious disease

Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki first described the mysterious disease in 1967. For a decade, he called it GOK, for “God only knows.”

The cause remains unknown today, but researchers believe the disease – now known as Kawasaki Disease — may be an immune response to an acute infectious illness based in […]

February 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Telethon to raise awareness of stroke and aphasia and support stroke organizations

RenéMarie Testa Adams knows what it’s like to survive stroke and aphasia.

To help raise awareness and funds for stroke organizations, she’s spearheading an online telethon.

Organized by the RenéMarie Language of Love Foundation, the event will be broadcast online MadHouse TV. Funds raised will benefit the American Stroke Association, the […]

January 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Wife of popular television personality shares what she’s learned as a caregiver

Denise McEwen doesn’t believe she ever heard the term “caregiver” before 2005.

It was that November that her husband suffered a devastating stroke and she became one.

“The strong man I married couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk and couldn’t take care of his family like he had anymore,” she said. “I had […]

January 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||4 Comments