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Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study […]

Harry Fozzard, pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, dies

Harry Fozzard, a pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, died Dec. 9 at the age of 83 at his home in Dana, North Carolina.

Fozzard was active in the American Heart Association for decades and was named a Distinguished Scientist in 2005. The Distinguished Scientist designation was created in 2003 […]

High fitness level reduces chance of developing hypertension

 

People with the highest fitness levels are less likely to develop hypertension, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“If you’re exercising and you’re fit, your chances of developing hypertension are much less than someone else who has the same characteristics but isn’t fit,” said […]

When Santa’s heart stopped — again — people responded … again

Dan Wessel was still wearing his Santa Claus outfit when the school nurse began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

A student already had called 9-1-1. Another student grabbed the automated external defibrillator and brought it to the nurse.

Their textbook response saved Dan’s life. Again. Just six months earlier, Dan had his […]

AHA CEO appointed to C-TAC’s board of directors

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown has been appointed to the board of directors of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

Brown also serves as co-chairperson of C-TAC’s Steering Committee, a role she has held since the organization was founded in 2011. She was a panelist at C-TAC’s 2013 National […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 4 heart attacks, 5-way bypass, 35 stents – and that’s only part of this survivor’s story

Justin Faloon has had four heart attacks.

He’s endured a quintuple bypass.

He’s received an extraordinarily high number of stents – 35.

Yet perhaps the best part of his story doesn’t involve the care he’s received. It’s about the lives he’s saved.
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Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when […]

Butternut squash pasta takes advantage of fall produce

Fall is known as the harvest season for a reason. It’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of the cornucopia of fresh produce that is available.

Apples, kale, winter squashes and sweet potatoes are all at their best and ready to provide crisp fall flavors for a healthy […]

Statistical models used in determining flu numbers each year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications.

But those are only estimates. Precise assessments of the severity of influenza each year are impossible […]

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Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. However, these images may not […]

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 […]