American Heart Association

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 […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]

Trans fat consumption is linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults

High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In a recent study of approximately 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed notably worse performance on a word memory test. The […]

Cocaine users experience abnormal blood flow, risk heart disease

Cocaine users complaining of chest pain may have abnormal blood flow in the heart’s smallest blood vessels that may not be detected in regular testing, putting these patients at risk for heart complications or death, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Cocaine use is […]