American Heart Association

Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Children living in a part of the Southeastern United States, known as the stroke belt, are no more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than children in non-stroke-belt states, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Adults in the stroke belt are more likely to be […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Positive factors in youth linked to better heart health later in life

Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Positive psychosocial factors include growing up in a family that practices healthy habits, is financially secured, is a stable emotional environment, and where children learn to control aggressiveness […]

January 12th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant

More children with dilated cardiomyopathy are surviving without a heart transplant, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart is enlarged (dilated) and the pumping chambers contract poorly (usually left side is worse than right). It can have genetic and […]

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |Comments Off on More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant

Unhealthy behavior may be cross-generational

Children whose parents spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or other screen are more likely than other children to have excessive screen-time habits, as well as associated risks for heart and blood vessel disease, according to a study presented this week at the American […]

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

Poison control data show energy drinks and young kids don’t mix

More than 40 percent of 5,156 calls about energy drinks to U.S. poison control centers involved children younger than 6 with some suffering serious cardiac and neurological symptoms, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

This disproportionate representation of children is concerning given […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]

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Poll finds most parents support higher school nutrition standards

A majority of parents favor strong national nutrition standards for food and drink sold at schools, according to a poll released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.

In addition, the poll found that parents would also like to see salt […]

Attempts to change standards for school foods stalled

Attempts to change standards that make school foods healthier stalled out this summer in both chambers of Congress leaving the current guidelines in place as the school year begins.

While the House Appropriations Committee approved language in their version of the agriculture spending bill that would allow schools to opt […]

American Heart Association launches new custom solution for EMS audience

Each year, more than 400,000 children and adults experience a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Only 10 percent survive. Oftentimes, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals arriving at the scene are the first to provide quality patient care to these victims. These healthcare professionals on the frontlines need training […]