American Heart Association

Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

Dr. Willie Lawrence driven to make an impact on high blood pressure

 Dr. Willie E. Lawrence Jr. is surrounded every day by the potential impact of high blood pressure — the rampant suffering caused by heart disease and stroke.

But it’s not only because he is an interventional cardiologist in an underserved urban area of Kansas City; or because he mourns the […]

Over 160 teens, parents learn CPR

More than 35 years after the Bee Gees’ hit song was featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever,  “Stayin’ Alive” is still a hit.

That’s because it’s a great way to learn a lifesaving skill – chest compressions to the beat of the song are the perfect way to perform […]

Study backs guidelines: People with hypertension should get top number below 140

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what treatment guidelines currently recommend — people with high blood pressure should get their top number below 140.

Getting that top number, called the systolic blood pressure, under 120, however, does not provide additional health benefits, according to the study published in […]

Hispanics cut medication adherence gap after Medicare Part D launch

Hispanics have reduced the gap with whites in taking prescribed heart medicines since the 2006 launch of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit called Medicare Part D, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers reviewed prescription drug data from […]

Rev. Michael O. Minor preaches the gospel of healthy living

When Rev. Michael O. Minor moved back home to the Mississippi Delta, after 10 years in Boston, he noticed something alarming.

People were dying.

“I was doing a funeral almost every week,” says Rev. Minor, who became pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, Miss., in 1996, a few years […]

African-Americans can receive individualized snapshot of cardiovascular risk

For the first time, African-Americans can receive an individually tailored snapshot of their cardiovascular risk, and both heart attack and stroke risk can be measured at the same time.

These achievements are thanks to new guidelines issued in November by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology that give […]

Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults

African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higher blood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to adult blood pressure in African- American men, […]