American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: NFL PLAY 60 ‘Super Kid’ inspires others fighting heart defects

Before the most recent Super Bowl, 10-year-old Hunter Paulin kicked off the biggest event on America’s sports calendar by running to midfield at the Superdome and handing the official game ball to the referee.

The scene brought tears to the eyes of Hunter’s mother, Wendy, who’d often wondered if Hunter’s […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It can be tough being a kid with a heart problem; author helps ease pain he felt with book aimed at others going through it

Samuel Ward III wants kids with heart conditions to know they’re not alone.

He knows how they feel because he was once one of them.

The author – who goes by Len, and by the pen name Len N. Wallace – was born with a hole between the walls of his heart.

Shortly […]

American Heart Association featured in new Huffington Post series

The American Heart Association and The Huffington Post are producing a new series to address important, timely topics in heart health and wellness. The series, which launched Tuesday, features American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and other experts who will examine the issues related to heart disease and provide […]

Study questions use of BMI as health measure

A new study questions the use of body mass index (BMI) to predict the effect of obesity on health, saying it ignores important health factors such as how fat is distributed, the ratio of muscle to fat and differences in body composition. The authors call for more accurate and […]

President George W. Bush cardiologist: Patient need should drive stress-test decisions

The cardiologist who performed the stent procedure on George W. Bush said in an interview with the American Heart Association that he decides whether to advise stress tests like the one performed on the former president based on each patient’s specifics.

Since the Aug. 6 procedure on the 67-year-old Bush, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke survivor turned beauty queen raises awareness wherever she goes

Karen Dionne and her fiancé Michael were busy making breakfast one morning in March 2007 when her head started to hurt. Dizziness and extreme exhaustion quickly set in. Then she noticed she couldn’t feel her left foot.

Soon, she couldn’t feel her entire left side.

Michael immediately recognized her classic symptoms: […]

Lakers star helping kids get active, eat healthy

Randy Ryan of the American Heart Association works with kids to make their own salad – the first they’d ever eaten.

Lettuce, watermelon and a fresh batch of herbs are growing at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, and Lakers star Pau Gasol – as well as the American […]

SimpleScience@Heart: If you were a preemie, beware possible heart problem

People who were born prematurely should pay special attention to their heart health.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found that young adults who were born more than a month early were more likely to have problems in the right side of their hearts. And the […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Your eyes may give a peek into future stroke risk

Doctors may one day be able to peek into your future stroke risk by looking at a picture of your eyes.

In a new study, patients with damaged blood vessels and mild eye blood pressure on pictures of their retina were 35 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Those […]

Traveling doesn’t have to interrupt your workout routine

Traveling can be stressful, no matter whether it’s for work or pleasure. Between making sure you get there and get back, making time for to exercise might be down on the to-do list. But it doesn’t have to be, nor should it be.

Here are some ways to squeeze in […]