American Heart Association

Study: Heart failure drug shows big promise

An experimental drug showed great promise in prolonging the lives of people with heart failure and could become the standard of care for millions of people with the condition, researchers said Saturday.

The drug, which is being developed by the Swiss company Novartis, reduced both the risk of dying from […]

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” […]

Top ten things to know: AHA e-cigarette policy statement

This paper reviews the latest science around one of the newest classes of products entering the tobacco control landscape – electronic cigarettes, also called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), providing an overview on design, operations, constituents, toxicology, safety, user profiles, public health, youth access, impact as a cessation aid, […]

AHA: E-cigarettes threaten to addict next generation of smokers; regulation, further study needed

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products.

The American Heart Association – which […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: In Chase’s memory, family teaching others to know risks of sudden cardiac arrest

Around midnight at the end of a busy day, 16-year-old Chase Morris felt a bit dizzy.

So even though friends were still hanging out and playing ping pong outside, Chase headed inside to sleep.

A few minutes later, a friend found Chase on the ground and unresponsive.
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While his mother called an […]

American Heart Association seeks new audiences to fight heart diseases and stroke

The American Heart Association is reaching out to new audiences, including the hip festival of music and film, South by Southwest, one of the largest and most influential gatherings in the country.

AHA CEO Nancy Brown is making a bid to be a presenter at the gathering March 13-22, with […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Strong resolve leads stroke survivor from being immobile to hiking 7 miles

Amy Steinbrech spent the last night of 2012 with family. She enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, then they all hung out and watched a movie.

Early on the first morning of 2013, the 40-year-old public relations specialist was in the bathroom and realized she couldn’t turn off the […]

Study underscores excessive sodium consumption as global health problem

Excessive sodium consumption is having a dire health impact on people around the world, killing about 1.65 million people globally each year from related cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to a new study released Thursday.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at a range of […]

Teen has gone from a stroke during art class to helping strike out stroke

Ryan Banks was sitting in his high school art class in Trenton, Ohio, when he began feeling funny. He texted his mom, Sherry, that his right arm was tingling and he felt confused.

Sherry recommended that Ryan go see the nurse. Meantime, Sherry headed to the school, thinking Ryan – […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Husband, wife exemplify the importance of knowing CPR

With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR.

He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved.
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It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny and their 8-week-old son […]