American Heart Association

Stroke patients receiving better, more timely care

One in four acute ischemic stroke patients treated with a time-dependent clot-busting drug were quickly transferred from an emergency department or smaller community hospital to a certified stroke center, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

This study will also publish simultaneously in the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

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