American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Camper. Hiker. Triathlete. And at 23, a stroke survivor

Nicky Leto was about as active as a 23-year-old woman could be. She liked to hike, camp, swim and compete in triathlons.

One morning, Nicky awoke with a headache and numb arm. She didn’t worry much – at least, not at first. She had occasional headaches because of a past […]

Deadline nearing for healthcare enrollment

AmandaJean Beaulieu, a 32-year-old stroke survivor, welcomed 2015 with one less thing to worry about—health insurance coverage.

Despite her pre-existing medical condition that deemed her too high of a risk under previous insurance plans, she – like the 7.3 million uninsured Americans with a history of heart disease – is […]

January 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health and stroke risk

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

Love and family support helped Chuck Frank after his stroke

They found Chuck Frank on the floor of the hospital bathroom.

“That’s when I had what I call ‘the big one’ that took everything,” he said of his stroke.

It was the love and support of his family that helped him through.

“Love keeps us going,” said Julie, his wife. “We have […]

December 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Physicians should do all they can to control every other modifiable cardiovascular risk factor in patients with asthma,” said […]

New type of medical research centered on patient values and needs

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has been a leader in the field of medical research for heart and stroke care for decades. This includes research studies that help refine treatment guidelines for hospitals and clinics. But until recently, direct patient engagement in these research studies has been lacking.

Research […]

November 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Patient research provides suggestions on care after stroke

Doctors who work with stroke survivors should acknowledge uncertainties and empower their patients with positive communication about stroke recovery, according to stroke survivors who participated in a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes this week.

“Healthcare providers often measure our recovery with functional status assessments and activity scales, […]

November 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Long-term benefits of popular diets are less than evident

Popular commercial diets can help you lose some weight in the short term, but keeping the weight off after the first year and the diet’s impact on heart health are unclear, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

Nearly 70 percent […]