More than 10 percent of heart attack patients could have diabetes

At least 10 percent of people who have a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

To understand more about undiagnosed diabetes, researchers studied data on 2,854 heart attack patients without diagnosed diabetes at 24 […]

Study shows women do worse than men after heart attack

Women age 55 and younger may fare worse than men after having a heart attack, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Previous studies show young women have a greater burden of pre-existing risk factors,” said Rachel P. […]

Q&A: Weighing potential benefits and risks of daily aspirin therapy

A daily dose of aspirin should not be used routinely to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in people who don’t have cardiovascular disease or evidence of heart disease, according to U.S. regulators. They cite a lack of research showing such treatment is beneficial to those who aren’t […]

Sales of red fitness trackers to help fight heart disease in women

Fitbit, Inc., manufacturer of the Fitbit Flex activity and sleep tracking wristband, will donate a portion of sales of its new Red Flex products and red bands to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.
The company will give the AHA $10 for every Red Flex wristband and $2 for every […]

New Health eHeart Study actively recruits participants

The Health eHeart Study, an internet-based clinical research study from the University of California, San Francisco, is actively recruiting participants interested in helping investigators better understand cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association is working closely with the Health eHeart investigators on several initiatives, including helping to recruit participants.

The study needs […]

Marijuana use may increase heart complications in young, middle-aged adults

Marijuana use may result in cardiovascular-related complications — even death — among young and middle-aged adults, according to a French study published on Wednesday.

“In prior research, we identified several remarkable cases of cardiovascular complications as the reasons for hospital admission of young marijuana users,” said Émilie Jouanjus, Pharm.D., Ph.D., lead […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gulf War veteran recovers from heart attack to run marathon; he dedicates race to his cardiologist

It was the Monday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, and Greg Weglowski was on his bicycle.

Greg – a Gulf War veteran who at the time was a special agent for the federal government – knew something was wrong. When he pushed the pedals, “it just felt impossible,” he […]

About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment

About 12.8 million more adults would be eligible for statin drugs under new guidelines designed to help doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering therapies, which should lead to risk discussions with their physicians to determine if it is an appropriate treatment, say guideline writers and the American Heart Association.

The 12.8 million […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 17 days before co-chairing Heart Walk, he underwent open-heart surgery

As a father, husband, businessman and co-chair of the 2012 Heart Walk in Lincoln, Neb., Craig Gies kept plenty busy.

He was so busy that about two weeks before the event, he’d yet to write a letter seeking donations from family and friends.

The fact he wrote it from his hospital […]

Health leaders urge worldwide effort to fight heart disease

A massive effort is needed from health, government, business and education leaders to stop premature deaths from heart disease – the leading cause of death in the world – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said Thursday during a panel discussion in Washington on fighting the global crisis.

“Heart disease […]