American Heart Association

Video series personifies the heart to curb hypertension

The heart can break up with you if you don’t treat it right. That’s the message in a series of public service announcements launching Thursday to get people to take better care of their hearts.

The videos, created in a partnership with the American Heart Association and the Ad Council, […]

Community program helps lower blood pressure among minorities

Minorities using a community-based program significantly lowered their blood pressure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers assessed the use of the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. program in 18 urban, predominantly African-American communities where there was a high rate […]

Lowering blood pressure requires more than one ‘miracle’ food

Faster than a speeding blender. Able to lower blood pressure with a single smoothie. Look! Up in the farmers market. It’s kale. It’s beetroot. It’s superfood!

Not exactly.

The news has been filled recently with so-called, blood-pressure-lowering miracle foods, including: tomato sauce, tuna and tequila. Some of these foods have been shown […]

Spreading the word about hypertension through Check. Change. Control.

After her brother died of a massive heart attack at the age of 57, Hazel E. Riley and her siblings felt a call to action. They wanted to spread the word about hypertension. How to diagnose and monitor the condition. How to take control of their health.

So, Riley became […]

Reduced salt intake critical, American Heart Association says

New research questions the link between sodium consumption and health problems, but the American Heart Association reiterated Wednesday that the connection is well established and urged Americans to continue to lower the salt in their diets.

A report published in the American Journal of Hypertension analyzed 25 existing studies on […]

About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment

About 12.8 million more adults would be eligible for statin drugs under new guidelines designed to help doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering therapies, which should lead to risk discussions with their physicians to determine if it is an appropriate treatment, say guideline writers and the American Heart Association.

The 12.8 million […]

Bread and cereal add the most salt to kids’ diets

Every day, children in London eat an unhealthy amount of salt – with 36 percent of it coming from bread and cereal , according to a study published Monday.

Excessive salt consumption is one of the major factors contributing to high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease and stroke. […]

Gospel singing competition searching for performers

The power of music is helping to raise awareness of stroke — and potentially help the careers of budding artists and musicians.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition is searching for dynamic gospel performers who will raise stroke awareness — particularly in the African-American […]

Teamwork key to controlling blood pressure, advisory says

Doctors, other healthcare providers and hospitals need to collaborate on programs that help patients control high blood pressure, which is on the rise despite proven treatments being available, according to a new science advisory from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the Centers for Disease Control […]

Older men who walk one to two hours each day have reduced stroke risk

Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day compared to less than half an hour per day had a reduced risk of stroke, according to a large population-based study.

In the study of 3,435 healthy men age 60 to 80, researchers asked distance walked each week […]