American Heart Association

Enhanced ultrasound imaging helps diagnose blood clots, manage treatment


An enhanced type of ultrasound imaging offers a potential way to simultaneously diagnose and treat blood clots, as well as monitor patients’ responses to clot-dissolving drugs, according to research presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers […]

Boston survivor running to fight stroke


As a child, Katie Buteau always woke up early to tune in to the Boston Marathon on TV. Then she’d secure her spot on the route to root for the racers as they came through her hometown of Wellesley. For her, it was like Christmas.

“It […]

Being active a few days a week lowers risk of heart disease, stroke in women

Middle-aged women who are physically active a few times each week have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots than inactive women, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. More frequent physical activity does not appear to lower the risks any further, researchers […]

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

World Thrombosis Day: Understanding the often hidden risks, dangers of potentially deadly blood clots

Nearly three years after suffering a pulmonary embolism and six blood clots in her leg veins following routine knee surgery, Amy Fordham-Duff is still healing. But thanks to a small army of loving, supportive family, friends and health and wellness specialists, she’s winning her battle.

“I never could have imagined […]

Chinese stroke patients recover better when hospitals follow guidelines

Chinese stroke patients are less likely to get pneumonia or die when hospitals follow treatment guidelines, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Closer adherence to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program led to a drop […]

Anti-clotting drugs may help save stent patients’ lives

Coronary artery stent patients’ lives may depend on filling their prescriptions and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The risk of heart attack and death is highest within the first 30 days for […]

Blood thinners recommended for people with irregular heartbeat to prevent stroke

People with irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, should take blood thinners to prevent stroke, according to an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. About one in 20 people with untreated atrial fibrillation will likely have a stroke in the next year.

The uneven heart rhythm of […]