American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw.

Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck.

Cheryl stayed in the […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]

Inflammation may be key to diabetes, heart disease link

Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, raising the possibility that anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to lower the risk of blood vessel disease in people with diabetes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘You don’t have to be overweight and out of shape to have a heart problem’

Susan O’Brien was living happily with her new husband Mark and their two puppies in their dream home, enjoying good times as summer approached.

“Life was wonderful,” recalled Susan, a petite woman in her 50s who exercised regularly and was in seemingly good health. “I felt great.”

Then something startling happened […]

Kids’ salty diets of nuggets, pizza, and pasta put them at risk for heart problems

Kids eat too much salt with popular “kid-friendly” foods such as chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta accounting for almost half of their sodium intake, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings paint an uphill battle with reducing salt in the diets of […]

Report shows obesity disparities disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics

A new analysis of weight statistics nationwide shows how the rate of obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans and Hispanics, with much of the disparity hinging on economics and access to healthy food and safe environments.

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, released Thursday by the Trust […]

Study finds significant drop in hospitalizations, deaths from heart disease, stroke

The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation. 

A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association volunteer and director of […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heartburn? Hardly. Under an hour later, his life-threatening problem was resolved

John Perotti was mowing the lawn outside his Utah home office when he felt what he thought was “heartburn from hell.” He headed indoors for some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping that would soothe him.

“The minute I got the spoon to my lips, I spit it out,” he said. […]

Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

This is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and higher carotid artery intima-media thickness – thickening of […]