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Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 15, 2018 to include CORRECTED information about Christine Norton’s involvement in research, which compared clinic-based care for high blood pressure to telehealth-based care.  

Christine Norton has never settled for easy answers. As a high school English teacher, she pushed […]

March 14th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Heart disease advocate uses her own experiences to push for evidence-based research

Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated throughout on March 9, 2018, with event results.

Retired pro football player Mark Schlereth benched 225 pounds 26 times, taming social media taunts and raising money for a cause dear to his and his granddaughter’s heart.

The Facebook.com/1043TheFan live event Friday was […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patricia Nelson was leaving a restaurant after dinner last June with friends when she started hearing wind blowing in her ear before she’d even stepped outside. “I just didn’t feel right,” said Nelson, a stroke rehabilitation nurse.

The 51-year-old from Atlanta knew something was wrong and […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One of the longest and most comprehensive studies to date has found more evidence that people diagnosed with a type of rapid or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

The new study can’t say whether the association […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating nutrients like proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids has no apparent effect on excessive sodium’s negative impact on heart health and blood flow, new research shows.

The results affirm that lowering sodium intake can reduce high blood pressure, one of the major risk factors […]

March 5th, 2018|Categories: Nutrition, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

More patients eligible for crucial stroke treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently issued new treatment guidelines that make many more patients eligible for two important stroke treatments.

The guidelines – a list of recommendations for clinicians nationwide – is for the most common type of stroke, called ischemic stroke. […]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on More patients eligible for crucial stroke treatment

The heart should be considered when treating breast cancer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medical experts are trying to figure out how to decrease heart disease risk for older women who survive cancer.

The American Heart Association advises heart disease be considered during breast cancer treatment since cancer outcomes can be influenced by heart health. In addition, some types of […]

February 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Prevention, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The heart should be considered when treating breast cancer

Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A person who suffers a cardiac arrest in public has more than twice the chance of surviving if a bystander steps in to restart the heart with an automated external defibrillator before an emergency crew arrives at the scene, a new study has found.

Heidi Stewart […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

Study involving mice injected with cocaine examines drug’s cellular impact

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Numerous studies have determined that cocaine use increases blood pressure and the hardening of arteries in its users, but now new research has helped pinpoint just how that actually happens on a molecular level – at least in mice.

The discovery opens up potential methods of […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Study involving mice injected with cocaine examines drug’s cellular impact

Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A recent study shows that most pregnancy-related heart failure occurs during the first six weeks after the baby is born.

That’s an issue because usually women are discharged a few days after they deliver and don’t go back to their doctor for six weeks, so important […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Failure, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth