American Heart Association

Achieving Life’s Simple 7 reduces more than heart disease


Achieving the seven heart-health metrics of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 also helps reduce many other chronic diseases, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers analyzed the health information of 6,814 adults, who were followed for an […]

Cardiovascular disease on the rise as fewer people achieve ideal cardiovascular health


The number of people who have the ideal cardiovascular health score, as defined by the goals in the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7, has decreased during the last 20 years, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

There have […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After swapping cigarettes for junk food, Minnesota woman’s new habit is being heart-healthy


Shivering outside on her deck to have a cigarette in January 1990, Joyce Hobbs decided she’d had enough.

She was 29, and she’d been smoking since she was 13. It was time to quit.

She dropped the habit cold turkey, a major step in protecting herself […]

Heart-health tool may help lower risk of blood clots in deep veins and lungs


Life’s Simple 7 is a tool from the American Heart Association that helps people reach the goal of ideal heart health. It also may help reduce the risk of blood clots in the deep veins and lungs, according to a new study.

Researchers recently reported that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Improving health can also improve, extend life after a stroke

Seven health factors deemed “the fountain of youth” for preventing heart disease and stroke can also greatly improve and extend the lives of people who have already had a stroke, according to two research abstracts presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.

Called “Life’s Simple 7,” the factors […]

Former VP Dick Cheney says heart troubles were always on his mind

Dick Cheney had already survived five heart attacks, the first at age 37. He’d undergone multiple surgeries, including coronary artery bypass, stenting and angioplasty.

But by the summer of 2010 the former Vice President’s heart health was in serious decline. While at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., he blacked out […]

Positive lifestyle changes could reverse aging on a cellular level

 Comprehensive lifestyle changes could increase the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control cell aging, according to a pilot study published in The Lancet Oncology. The findings may lead to a better understanding of how lifestyle changes could reverse aging on a cellular level. 

Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes at […]

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 […]