American Heart Association

Burwell begins role at Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell has assumed her duties as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, the White House budget director for the past year, was selected for the job after Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April.

Aside from heading up the Office of Management and […]

Over 1 million students to learn lifesaving CPR skills each year

More than 1 million high school students a year will be trained in CPR, thanks to the latest state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement.

Oklahoma this year became the 16th state to pass a CPR law – measures the American Heart Association and other organizations have […]

Childhood obesity rates leveling off, despite long-term increases

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, especially in Hispanic girls and black boys, according to the study.

The study indicated that rates […]

Working to promote a culture of women’s heart health

Women in the entertainment industry joined in on a discussion Thursday on how best to promote a culture of heart health for women.

At the luncheon — hosted by the American Heart Association and Variety magazine in Los Angeles — CEO Nancy Brown shared the key successes of the Go Red For Women program, […]

E-cigarettes should be kept from minors, convenience store group says

U.S. convenience stores should sell electronic cigarettes only to adults, following the same ID procedures used for tobacco sales, according to a position statement issued by a national association of stores Friday.

The National Association of Convenience Stores, which represents about 3,800 retailers and supplier companies, said convenience stores are the largest retail […]

Senators highlight care of people with advanced illnesses in new video

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care launched a story collection initiative Thursday with a brief video featuring Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. ,  Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.,  sharing their policy views and caregiving experiences.

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown chairs C-TAC’s steering committee, which oversees over 100 member organizations. […]

State of Women’s Heart Health talks research, prevention

Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute headlined a “State of Women’s Heart Health” webinar Wednesday, discussing cardiovascular diseases, the nation’s No. 1 killer of women.

The webinar was held by the American Heart Association and WomenHeart: […]

Star-studded Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards honor fight against women’s heart disease

Actress and producer Rita Wilson will host Woman’s Day magazine’s 2014 Red Dress Awards, honoring those who have advanced the fight against heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women.

The awards presentation — Tuesday evening at Lincoln Center in New York — benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red […]

Surgeon General’s report: Tobacco causes additional diseases, unnecessary death

Smoking has caused an enormous avoidable public health tragedy with almost 500,000 Americans dying every year due to cigarettes, according to a report released on Friday.

Unless efforts like smoke-free policies and well-funded tobacco cessation programs are bolstered, 5.6 million young Americans who are alive today will die from smoking, according to Acting […]

CEO Nancy Brown: Improving our nation’s health, community by community

When the American Heart Association set an ambitious goal for improving Americans’ cardiovascular health by 2020, it was worded very carefully.

The goal is not merely “to help all Americans.” It reads: “to help all Americans.”

The emphasis matters because there is no one-size-fits-all way of beating heart disease and stroke, […]