American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Woman who ignored symptoms now advises others to be aware

More than anything, Melissa Blount wanted to give her daughter Safiya a sibling.

She built her life around her quest for another child. In her late 30s, this meant refusing to take medicine to lower her high cholesterol. While this raised her chance of heart disease, she didn’t worry about […]

Top 10 reasons why you overindulge

Excuses – we’ve all got them when it comes to making healthier food choices. Any of these ring true for you?

1. Because it’s a holiday

We applaud Joey for the creative repurposing of maternity pants as “Thanksgiving” pants. But if your planned binge involves specialized clothing, you may want to rethink […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Personal chef sheds 100 pounds, gains new perspective on food

Kirsten Helle grew up loving food. And there was always plenty to love.

“Celebrations were built around food,” she said. “Every night, dinner was a big production and you ate until you burst.”

Her parents were both great cooks. Her father even had a side business doing catering, making food an even […]

Older men who walk one to two hours each day have reduced stroke risk

Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day compared to less than half an hour per day had a reduced risk of stroke, according to a large population-based study.

In the study of 3,435 healthy men age 60 to 80, researchers asked distance walked each week […]

TV personality Star Jones recounts personal health journey

Star Jones is a successful attorney, author, TV personality and American Heart Association National Volunteer. A decade ago, she was also obese, stressed out, and wondering what to do about it.

“I was the one who went from sexy and full figured to sloppy and fat,” she said Thursday at […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Rapper’s wife urges empowerment through fitness, knowledge about stroke

Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do at least once a day. They’re laughing about a new TV comedy when one drops the phone and falls to the ground. She tries to explain what’s happening, but her words are slurred.

Crystal Wall recognizes her older sister is […]

McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in child care settings. We believe that reaching kids in these environments and teaching them how to make healthy decisions can help […]

Doctors should not ignore physical activity during routine check-ups

Doctors should evaluate your physical activity as often as they check blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association statement.

“Most healthcare providers have not routinely assessed physical activity levels among their patients because they have not had the right tools,” said Scott Strath, […]

Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy habits

Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.

“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heart disease survivor puts focus on health, giving back

It was over 100 degrees in Orange County, Calif., and Gary Stover was in the stands watching his son’s soccer team advance through a tournament.

After the second round of games, Gary’s belly started to hurt. He sat down to rest, and ended up passing out. Gary had a heart […]