American Heart Association

10-year-old continues to defy expectations after her stroke

Christine Winchester believes her daughter has interests, ideas and dreams that are typical of other 10-year-olds. But the stroke that Rhys suffered before she was born — and how she has handled herself since – illustrate her unique perseverance and strength.

Christine’s pregnancy was typical for twins and she, her […]

Gestational diabetes may be early risk factor of post-pregnancy heart disease

Gestational diabetes in pregnant women may be an early risk factor of heart disease, apparent before full blown diabetes or other metabolic diseases show up later in the mother’s life, according to a study released Wednesday. 

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually disappears afterwards, but it increases the risk of […]

Blood clot risk remains higher than normal for at least 12 weeks after women deliver babies

SAN DIEGO — Women’s blood clot risk remains elevated for at least 12 weeks after delivering a baby — twice as long as previously recognized, according to a large study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The chance of a blood clot rises during pregnancy, when […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Pregnancy masked her heart failure; now she helps warn others about heart disease

When Jill Russell started feeling chest pains late in her pregnancy, her doctor offered a simple explanation. It was probably just anxiety over the arrival of her daughter.
Relax, she was told.
Jill figured that made sense. After all, before becoming pregnant, she was the epitome of good health – at […]

Environmental toxins linked to heart defects

Children’s congenital heart defects may be associated with their mothers’ exposure to specific mixtures of environmental toxins during pregnancy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. Defects may […]

Heart disease No. 1 cause of pregnancy-related deaths in California

Heart disease is the leading cause of women’s pregnancy-related deaths in California — but nearly one-third could be prevented, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Maternal death rates have been increasing in California and the United States since the mid-1990s, according to statistics from […]

Test may predict severe high blood pressure during pregnancy

 A new test that checks the level of a placental protein could help doctors determine if a woman will develop a severe form of high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

 High blood pressure affects 6 percent to 8 percent of […]