Pulse oximetry screenings save lives of babies with congenital heart defects

Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Babies with undetected CCHD have a significant increased risk of disability or death.

About nine of every 1,000 babies are […]

More than 5 million treated through Get With The Guidelines

More than 5 million people have received heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines, thanks to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association program that helps hospitals follow those guidelines.

The association’s Get With The Guidelines program hit the 5 million-patient milestone this month and also the […]

South Carolina: Stroke hospitalizations up for some blacks

Stroke hospitalizations among middle-aged blacks is increasing in South Carolina — highlighting the need for intervention among younger, high-risk groups, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Stroke, the No. 4 killer and a primary cause of long-term disability in the United States, affects more […]

Four-time stroke survivor makes trek across the country for the fourth time

He’s at it again. Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy, 63, has his walking shoes on and he is making his way from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

This is Brandy’s fourth walk since beginning his treks around America to raise awareness about stroke. Along the way, he meets and greets […]

Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]

One-third of young people who survive a stroke lose independence

One-third of people who survive a stroke before age 50 are unable to live independently or need assistance with daily activities 10 years after their stroke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

About 10 percent of strokes occur in 18- and 50-year-olds.

“Even if patients seem relatively […]