American Heart Association

New ambassador program to support heart failure patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Am I going to die?

It’s the first question many people ask when they’re told they have heart failure.

But a group of American Heart Association volunteers are heralding a positive message: A heart failure diagnosis isn’t a death sentence if patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, stay […]

Actress learns of heart problem after collapsing on soccer field

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A few summers ago, Amber Waller Karasawa went into cardiac arrest while playing in a co-ed soccer game. Thinking she was having a seizure, the other players stood back.

But a teammate with military training knew what to do and quickly started CPR. Two other players […]

Women, men with heart failure both benefit from implanted defibrillators

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women with heart failure benefit from implantable cardiac defibrillators as much as men, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

“Despite current guidelines recommending that health practitioners consider adding these devices to standard heart failure treatments in both women and […]

Heart failure deaths rising after decade-long decline

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart failure-related deaths reversed a 12-year decline and increased from 2012 to 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

In 2014, the rate of heart failure-related deaths after adjusting for age was at 84 deaths per 100,000 Americans, up from 81.4 deaths in […]

December 31st, 2015|Categories: Heart Failure, Patients|Tags: |2 Comments

Baseball great Rod Carew winning fight for life

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The way Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew sees it, his body is in a slump.

The way his doctors see it, he’s winning the fight for his life.

Carew’s world took this drastic turn Sept. 20, when he suffered a heart attack while playing golf. A […]

Dallas man heart failure-free thanks to new heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As Todd Cunningham approached his 52nd birthday, he began to notice some troubling changes.

The brisk 3- to 4-mile walk he’d regularly do around a nearby park was getting harder. He just didn’t seem to have as much stamina, and would get short of breath.

“I figured […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Physical activity: More is better for heart failure prevention

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doubling or quadrupling the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity lowered the risk of developing heart failure by 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“Walking 30 minutes a day as recommended in the U.S. […]

Heart failure numbers to increase by nearly 40 percent in next 15 years

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The number of Americans diagnosed with heart failure is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent during the next 15 years and the costs of managing the illness will almost double, according to a new report from the American Heart Association released Tuesday.

Congestive heart failure […]

Survey reveals potentially dangerous misconceptions about heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most people lack a basic understanding of heart failure, a public health threat affecting nearly six million Americans, according to a recent national survey commissioned by the American Heart Association.

Two-thirds of respondents confused heart failure with heart attack; 58 percent mistook heart failure for a […]

June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |4 Comments