American Heart Association

Bran Lackey’s heart could not stop him from jumping to raise money

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eleven-year-old Bran Lackey was born with a serious heart defect but he has still jumped his way to raising more than $80,000 through Jump Rope For Heart, including $25,000 this year.

Although Bran’s current school doesn’t participate in the fundraiser, the fifth-grader has been donating the […]

Low health literacy linked to heart failure deaths after hospitalization

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have difficulty understanding health information are more likely to die following hospitalization for acute heart failure, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The findings suggest that it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of their patients’ […]

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Traumatic events, financial struggles may threaten women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traumatic life events such as the death of a loved one or life-threatening illness increased the chances of a heart attack by more than 65 percent among middle-aged and older women regardless of heart disease risk factors or socioeconomic status, according to research that was published […]

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LVADs may lead to declines in health, cognitive thinking in some heart failure patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Left ventricular assist devices are life-prolonging devices for many patients with advanced heart failure but they also may leave some patients in poor health or with declines in brain function, according to two studies that were published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular […]

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Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Arriving to the hospital by ambulance speeds up life-saving treatment for heart attack patients in rural areas and confirms the important role paramedics have in expediting care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The […]

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Hispanic women tend to have lower heart disease risk, healthier attitudes than Caucasian counterparts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the United States, Hispanic women have an average life expectancy of 87 years — six years longer than Caucasian women. Part of the reason could be that Hispanic women may have better cardiovascular health accompanied by more positive attitudes about life, according to research […]

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Primary care physicians, non-physicians provide comparable cardiovascular care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The overall quality of heart disease and stroke outpatient care at primary care practices was comparable between physicians and non-physicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The research […]

Heart attack patients live longer when admitted to hospitals with lower death rates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart attack patients admitted to hospitals with low 30-day death rates for heart attacks live longer than those admitted to hospitals that have comparably high 30-day death rates post heart attack, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: […]

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Friends and social networks valued by heart failure patients and healthcare providers

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients consult family members for advice about their heart failure symptoms; while health care providers engage in social networks to improve communication and heart failure care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.
The research was […]

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Depression raises risk of poor outcomes for blacks with heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Among black heart failure patients, moderate depression may increase the risk of being hospitalized or dying, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Comparing outcomes of 747 blacks to 1,420 whites with heart failure using a patient-reported scale of depressive symptoms, researchers […]

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