American Heart Association

Motorcycle lover shares his story for World Stroke Day

At 39, Gabe Scofield felt he was in the best shape of his life. A service manager at a motorcycle dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scofield regularly spent time racing motorcycles offroad, mountain biking and weight training.

The father of two boys—13-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Zander—Scofield strove to take good […]

Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke risk

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping blood pressure under control can lower the risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated to guidelines published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors […]

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increase 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The Australian study is the first to include 10 years of follow-up data on stroke cost estimates, which may also apply to the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She knew what to do when her husband, a TV meteorologist, struggled to say ‘nightstand’

Bonita Jefferies was relaxing in her bedroom, watching “The Bachelor” on TV, when her husband, Jay Jefferies, walked into the room. To her, his timing was unusual; “The Bachelor” wasn’t his type of show.

What really got her attention was when Jay – a TV meteorologist in Augusta, […]

World Thrombosis Day: Understanding the often hidden risks, dangers of potentially deadly blood clots

Nearly three years after suffering a pulmonary embolism and six blood clots in her leg veins following routine knee surgery, Amy Fordham-Duff is still healing. But thanks to a small army of loving, supportive family, friends and health and wellness specialists, she’s winning her battle.

“I never could have imagined […]

Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current […]

EMT used stroke warning signs to save her son’s life

It was a snowy January day and Alex Newton was home from school watching cartoons when he felt the entire right half of his body start tingling.

Soon after, the 10-year-old told his mother that his face also felt tingly.

“The hair on the back of my neck stood up because […]

Mini-stroke’ may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder

A “mini-stroke” may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Transient ischemic attack, like stroke, is caused by restricted blood supply to the brain. A TIA is temporary and often lasts less than five minutes, without causing permanent brain […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body.

Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand.

“It was like it was there, but it wasn’t mine,” she recalled. […]

Support Network helps in heart disease, stroke emotional recovery

When Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the association reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges.

“At the time, I had no idea where to turn […]