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Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meredith Gorham was finally relaxing after a busy, hot day of running around on July 17, 2009. But when she tried to stand up from the couch, she suddenly collapsed.

Her shocked husband, Chris, tried to help her up. But after realizing she was unable to […]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

Adjusting to a ‘new normal’ during the holidays after a heart attack, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the first Christmas after she suffered a major stroke, Chris Richards was determined to craft her traditional family celebration at their home in Laramie, Wyoming, rising at 5 a.m. for a day of baking, cooking and wrapping presents.

“I was trying to prove I could […]

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Adjusting to a ‘new normal’ during the holidays after a heart attack, stroke

Hispanics born outside U.S. more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hispanics born abroad who now live in the United States have higher odds of dying from cardiovascular diseases than U.S.-born Hispanics, a new study shows.

The findings suggest Hispanics born outside the United States — who make up about a third of all U.S. Hispanics […]

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs honors father, grandmother with custom cleats

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs laces up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll be paying tribute to his dad, who died from heart disease when Diggs was 14.

Aron Diggs never saw his son play high school football, but he nurtured his […]

Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cyteria Knight spent more than a quarter-century caring for others as a social worker. Then a stroke forced her to become the patient.

Knight was visiting her daughter Raquanza Miller in Pineville, North Carolina, on Jan. 17 when she suddenly passed out. Susan Miller, Knight’s partner […]

November 28th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Time is brain. That’s the mantra of physicians who warn that those with stroke symptoms need immediate medical attention.

The sooner a stroke is treated, the greater the possibility of saving brain cells and achieving recovery.

Now, about a dozen hospitals nationwide are evaluating and treating patients […]

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

Pregnancy complication linked to heart failure risk, especially among Asian women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Doctors have known for some time that high blood pressure during pregnancy puts women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Now, a new study shows these women — particularly Asians and Pacific Islanders — are more likely to be […]

High-dose statin drugs were more effective than low doses in Japanese patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — For years, Asian doctors haven’t had the kind of solid evidence that U.S. doctors have had to show high-dose statins could lower heart risks in their patients. But a large new study released Monday does just that.

“There has been substantial reluctance to […]

Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Not as many heart surgery patients may need to be exposed to the potential dangers of blood transfusions, according to a new study that researchers say may change current practice.

About half of all heart surgery patients receive blood transfusions, but until now […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fewer heart surgery patients may have to be exposed to blood transfusions, researchers say

AHA president urges colleagues to amplify the voice of patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California – Early in his cardiology career, John Warner worked at a clinic that catered to many of the poorest, sickest people in Dallas. The lines were so long that doctors only had time to address an immediate problem or refill a prescription before […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on AHA president urges colleagues to amplify the voice of patients