American Heart Association

Congenital heart diseases are not just for kids anymore

When Betty de Aragon pushed her husband to see a doctor about his high blood pressure, it took her back to a role she thought she’d left in childhood – that of a congenital heart disease patient.

Due to CHD – which involves heart and blood vessel abnormalities present at birth […]

April 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gospel singer’s new tune praises importance of being heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gospel singer LaJaye’ Britt always kept one foot in the music world and another in the medical field.

Whether performing on stage or working as a technician with dialysis and cardiac patients, Britt was totally in tune with others. Then, one day last May, it was time […]

Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell changed his weight and his life

In the years after he retired from professional football, quarterback Scott Mitchell saw the number on his scale rise about 10 pounds per year. His blood pressure numbers rose along with his weight, as did his triglycerides and the number of times he would stop breathing during the night […]

Lower systolic blood pressure reduces risk of stroke

People 60 or older, especially minorities and women, have a lower risk of stroke if the top number in their systolic blood pressure is below 140 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

A report published in JAMA […]

Heavy drinking in middle-age may increase stroke risk more than traditional factors

Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may raise stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

In a study of 11,644 middle-aged Swedish twins who were followed  for 43 years, researchers […]

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Cans lined with Bisphenol A may increase blood pressure

Drinking or eating from cans or bottles lined with Bisphenol A could raise blood pressure, according to new research reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

The consumption of BPA, a chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastic bottles, has been associated with high blood pressure […]

December 8th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

Healthy diet linked to decreased blood-pressure measurements

A heart-healthy diet is related to decreased blood pressure measurements, researchers said in a study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart and blood vessel disease.  While it is known that following U.S. dietary […]

Poison control data show energy drinks and young kids don’t mix

More than 40 percent of 5,156 calls about energy drinks to U.S. poison control centers involved children younger than 6 with some suffering serious cardiac and neurological symptoms, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

This disproportionate representation of children is concerning given […]

It takes a village to control blood pressure

A community-based program called “Check It, Change It” used in combination with the American Heart Association’s Heart360 and on-the-ground providers effectively reduced blood pressure among a large group of diverse patients, according to a recently published study.

The success of this pilot program was noteworthy because it demonstrated that varied and […]