American Heart Association

Twitter chat: Lowering blood pressure among minorities


Nearly half of African-American adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. That’s among the highest in the world.

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke, putting African-Americans at increased risk. Their overall risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that […]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke


African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but […]

Cracking the genetic code on heart problems in African-Americans


Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Day after day at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida where Donna Arnett, Ph.D., worked as a research […]

CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories explaining the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study.

Anyone taking a common blood pressure drug should be interested in Christy Avery’s scientific research. She’s studying how these and other common prescription medications […]

Actor Lamman Rucker teams up with AHA to bring blood pressure awareness

Actor Lamman Rucker remembers watching his parents try to steer clear of fatty and highly processed foods.

But there were times when healthy choices weren’t easy. He remembers well the days of cheap, salty noodles and spaghetti from a can.

“There were days, based on economics, you ate what you could […]

Kaiser Permanente awards $2.55 million grant to AHA

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has awarded a $2.55 million grant to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve  blood pressure control for African-Americans in two U.S. cities over a three year period.

The program will depend on community-based efforts as well as doctors and patients […]

New Jersey becomes 19th state to require CPR in Schools

Laurie Heavener was talking with another mother outside her daughter’s Girl Scout meeting in Randolph, New Jersey, when her eyes rolled back in her head and she collapsed from cardiac arrest. A high school sophomore administered CPR, just one day after he received training.

More than six years later, Heavener […]

Poll finds most parents support higher school nutrition standards

A majority of parents favor strong national nutrition standards for food and drink sold at schools, according to a poll released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.

In addition, the poll found that parents would also like to see salt […]

Report shows obesity disparities disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics

A new analysis of weight statistics nationwide shows how the rate of obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans and Hispanics, with much of the disparity hinging on economics and access to healthy food and safe environments.

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, released Thursday by the Trust […]

South Carolina: Stroke hospitalizations up for some blacks

Stroke hospitalizations among middle-aged blacks is increasing in South Carolina — highlighting the need for intervention among younger, high-risk groups, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Stroke, the No. 4 killer and a primary cause of long-term disability in the United States, affects more […]