American Heart Association

Women with diabetes exposed to air pollution at higher risk for heart disease


Women with diabetes who are exposed to air pollution for long periods may have a much higher risk for heart disease, according to a long-term, nationwide study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Although studies have shown that people with diabetes are particularly […]

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Clean Air, Heart Disease, Women|Tags: , |0 Comments

AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand


Like many people of his generation, Nathaniel Creager spent the prime years of his life with a constant companion: cigarettes.

He fired through three packs of unfiltered Chesterfields daily for about 30 years. Later in life, after he’d finally quit, his legs hurt when he walked […]

Mom refuses to let strong family history seal her fate


Kathy Pacella knows all too well how devastating heart disease can be.

She lost three grandparents to heart disease before she was a born and the fourth when she was a young child. At 16, she was there when her father died at age 51 from […]

St. Jude Medical Foundation commits $1 million to improve heart failure care


St. Jude Medical Foundation is donating $1 million to improve hospital care for heart failure patients in Minnesota and Texas.

The pilot sponsorship program for the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative will fund staff, training, clinical tools, patient education materials and data […]

Younger adults, women experience only slight declines in heart disease deaths


Deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the past few decades, but younger people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement, according to new research.

Using data on adults ages 25 and older, researchers tracked annual percentage changes in heart disease death rates […]

August 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Smoking in front of your kids may increase their risk of heart disease as adults


Kids exposed to their parents’ smoking may have a higher risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than those whose parents didn’t smoke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The study’s results add to the growing evidence that exposure to smoking from […]

March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Evidence linking marijuana and risk of stroke grows

Smoking marijuana may increase your chances of having a stroke, according to a review of 34 different studies published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Researchers found a link between marijuana use and stroke in a total of 64 stroke patients (80 percent men, average age 32).

They also found:

81 […]

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

High cholesterol during young adulthood raises heart disease risk

New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation shows that long-term exposure to elevated cholesterol substantially increases lifetime risk for heart disease. For every ten years you have even mildly elevated cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55, your risk of heart disease may be increased by […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]

Education and feedback may help improve heart health among high-risk groups

Using a smart phone app for education and feedback about heart-healthy behavior may decrease the risk for heart and blood vessel disease among young black women, researchers said in a pilot feasibility study presented this week at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“We need to raise awareness among women […]