American Heart Association

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service


As a child, Donna Arnett was glued to TV shows like Marcus Welby, M.D., her heart already firmly set on a medical career. She was drawn by the science, lured by the idea of helping people.

Her early devotion showed while shopping for a lunchbox with […]

Cracking the genetic code on heart problems in African-Americans


Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Day after day at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida where Donna Arnett, Ph.D., worked as a research […]

Obama details ‘precision medicine’ research initiative

President Obama on Friday announced the “Precision Medicine Initiative,” a $215-million research effort to collect genetic information from one million or more Americans with the hope of developing personalized treatments to prevent and treat disease.

The new program will take advantage of technological advances that have made it possible to analyze […]

Army veteran Joe Sullivan blends running, recycling and raising money

Barely back home from Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joe Sullivan was in for a shock.

As he helped oversee fitness tests for fellow Army soldiers, who do push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run periodically to check their physical ability, Sullivan underwent his own fitness test at Fort Carson, Colorado.

“Ordinarily, […]

Antman addressing cardiology meeting in China

American Heart Association President Elliot Antman, M.D. is heading to Beijing, China, to participate in the annual Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology.

The conference will be held Oct. 16- 19 at the China National Convention Center.

As an invited speaker, Dr. Antman will chair and lecture in a joint AHA/GW-ICC session […]

Wearable activity trackers in the mainstream

Wearable fitness devices have moved into the mainstream helping people pick up the pace of their daily activities.

The devices are flooding the marketplace as the technology and sports industries create “wearable fitness coaches” for customers interested in tracking their activity levels, food intake, heart rates and sleep patterns.

Most of […]

AHA marks 90 years of saving, improving lives

The American Heart Association’s founders faced shocking ignorance and hopelessness about heart disease. Tuesday the organization will mark how far it has come in fighting the No. 1 killer of all Americans, 90 years to the day six doctors decided to disprove the idea that people with heart disease were simply doomed.

On June 10, […]