American Heart Association

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 […]

Community program helps lower blood pressure among minorities

Minorities using a community-based program significantly lowered their blood pressure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers assessed the use of the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. program in 18 urban, predominantly African-American communities where there was a high rate […]

Marcus “Elder Mac” McFarlin wins Most Powerful Voices singing competition

After months of competition, Marcus “Elder Mac” McFarlin has won the national Most Powerful Voices singing competition that’s helping raise awareness about stroke.

McFarlin is a contemporary gospel artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose first album, “Addicted to Praise,” was released in 2011. As the Grand Prize Winner, he’ll have a chance […]

Spreading the word about hypertension through Check. Change. Control.

After her brother died of a massive heart attack at the age of 57, Hazel E. Riley and her siblings felt a call to action. They wanted to spread the word about hypertension. How to diagnose and monitor the condition. How to take control of their health.

So, Riley became […]

Sixteen scholarships awarded to support diversity in healthcare

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s are awarding 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of  minority  healthcare professionals in hopes of better meeting the cultural needs of racially diverse patients.

The number of minority medical school graduates is increasing steadily, according to […]

Simple Science @Heart: Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure

Blacks who survive strokes caused by bleeding in the brain are more likely than whites to have high blood pressure a year later, a new study says.

Continued high blood pressure increases their risk of another stroke.

The study examined racial and ethnic differences in these strokes, called intracranial hemorrhage or […]