American Heart Association

Plan dramatically reduces risks of heart disease, death, amputation in PAD patients


ORLANDO, Florida – A risk reduction plan dramatically reduced the risk of amputations, heart attack, stroke or death for people with peripheral artery disease, according to new research presented Monday at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

PAD affects the legs the same way that […]

AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand


Like many people of his generation, Nathaniel Creager spent the prime years of his life with a constant companion: cigarettes.

He fired through three packs of unfiltered Chesterfields daily for about 30 years. Later in life, after he’d finally quit, his legs hurt when he walked […]

Compound in cocoa and other foods may help people with narrowed leg arteries

In a small study, people with narrowed leg arteries walked a little farther, for a longer amount of time after eating dark chocolate, a food high in antioxidants called polyphenols, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

The authors suggest that polyphenols in cocoa may reduce oxidative stress and improve blood […]

PAD risk increases with lower economic status

Low income and lower education levels are associated with an increased risk for peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, arms, head and most commonly in the arteries of […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]

FDA issues alert for some Samaritan Public Access Defibrillators

The Food & Drug Administration issued a safety alert today on some Samaritan 300/300P Public Access Defibrillators, saying that the equipment might not work correctly in an emergency.

The alert was issued because the devices sold by HeartSine Technologies were found to “intermittently turn on and off, which may eventually […]