American Heart Association

AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Mom refuses to let strong family history seal her fate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kathy Pacella knows all too well how devastating heart disease can be.

She lost three grandparents to heart disease before she was a born and the fourth when she was a young child. At 16, she was there when her father died at age 51 from […]

Latin American Summit on stroke to be held in Chile

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On Thursday, World Stroke Day, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will convene a three-day Latin American Summit in Santiago, Chile. It is the first such summit in the region, where stroke is among the leading causes of death.

Representatives from leading health organizations and government […]

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Stroke|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Young woman kept asking questions after stroke symptoms – and found answers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kristy Harding endured vertigo spells so intense the room seemed to spin. When she moved her head even slightly she would vomit.

Scans of her brain were inconclusive, and doctors had no solid diagnosis. She suspected that the episodes, which happened about once a month and […]

Clinton Foundation CEO Donna Shalala suffers stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Donna Shalala, 74, a former cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton and currently chief executive and president of the Clinton Foundation, has had a stroke.

Shalala was with colleagues Tuesday evening when the stroke occurred, following a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation’s spinoff […]

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top exec fights his way back after disabling stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

David Miller had made a quick trip to Cambodia in May 2010 for a board meeting at a local orphanage. But he never showed up for the 9 a.m. meeting.

The senior executive worked for various technology firms and was never late, something his worried colleagues […]

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |10 Comments

Young cyclist suffers stroke during ride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michelle McVeigh was the picture of athleticism and loved the great outdoors. An avid bicyclist, she was accustomed to long rides and racing on a biking team. Years earlier, she competed for the United States in world junior rowing.

Nothing seemed to slow her down.

“I’ve always […]

August 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |1 Comment

Making the 911 call for stroke differs by race, sex

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely, to use EMS transport, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Between […]

August 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Uric acid may lessen women’s disability after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Uric acid – a chemical at high levels can lead to serious illness – may lessen women’s disability after stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

High levels of uric acid can lead to kidney stones or the inflammatory arthritic condition […]

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Some children’s hospitals already have rapid response processes for when a child comes in with stroke-like symptoms, but most hospitals do not, said Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., […]

July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments