American Heart Association

AHA releases principles to address challenges faced by patients related to accessibility and affordability of drugs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drugs are getting more expensive, threatening the affordability and accessibility of much-needed therapies for patients, a new report says.

An American Heart Association presidential advisory issued Thursday said the current and projected costs of drugs and biologics have raised serious concerns among policymakers, health care providers, […]

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on AHA releases principles to address challenges faced by patients related to accessibility and affordability of drugs

North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jasmine Harris had a stroke six months before her high school graduation.

It started with a headache a couple days before Christmas. The family from Raleigh, North Carolina, had spent the day volunteering so her mother, La’Wana Harris, assumed her 17-year-old daughter was just tired.

But the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Children, Health, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic patients, blood glucose levels may spike during recovery. Such spikes are problematic: People diagnosed with acute stress hyperglycemia are more likely to die […]

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner.

Hispanic-American adults of any race have […]

CDC: Obesity rates hit a new high

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The obesity epidemic in America is getting worse, new federal data show.

As of 2015-2016, about four in 10 U.S. adults were obese, up from 37.7 percent during 2013-2014.

The news for children and teens isn’t much better. Overall, nearly 19 percent were obese in 2015-2016, up […]

Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many teenagers, Jillian Marks had a flair for the dramatic as she navigated adolescence. Then she encountered real drama, provided by a word that young people don’t expect to hear: stroke.

“I do tend to overreact,” said Jillian, a sophomore at the State University of […]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

Two strokes, decades apart, and a cancer diagnosis in between

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Belinda De La Rosa was driving to a doctor’s appointment for what she thought was tennis elbow. A nagging pain in her left arm had been bothering her for days.

She happened to be passing a hospital on that day in 1997 when the […]

October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Health, multicultural, Patients, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Two strokes, decades apart, and a cancer diagnosis in between

Parody of 1970s hit reminds people to act fast during stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Village People’s iconic 1970s hit “Y.M.C.A.” is getting some fresh lyrics.

A new music video from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association takes a lighthearted approach to recognizing the most common symptoms of a serious and life-threatening condition — stroke.

In the video, “Y.M.C.A.” becomes […]

October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Health, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Parody of 1970s hit reminds people to act fast during stroke

Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from one […]

September 25th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk