American Heart Association

Stroke Connection highlights progress in post-stroke treatments

 The fall edition of  Stroke Connection, a free, quarterly magazine published by the American Stroke Association, offers a look at treatment advances for post-stroke depression and a condition that causes involuntary and often inappropriate emotional responses.

“Then & Now: Getting Better & Feeling Better,” provides information for survivors who experience cognitive, physical, emotional or […]

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Vitamin B supplements may modestly help reduce stroke for some people, study says

Taking vitamin B supplements might modestly reduce the risk of stroke for some people who don’t fit the typical profile for stroke, according to research analysis.

Fourteen clinical trials were reviewed by researchers at Zhengzhou University in China and found that Vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke for some […]

Sodium reduction recommended, despite new study conclusions

People should continue to lower their sodium intake to improve their health despite new research questioning the effectiveness of large-scale sodium-reduction efforts, said Elliott Antman, M.D., the president-elect of the American Heart Association.

Significant research shows too much sodium can increase blood pressure and risks for heart disease, stroke and […]

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A progress check on the nation’s race against childhood obesity

Although childhood obesity rates have stabilized, the fight to combat the epidemic is far from over, according to American Heart Association Deputy Chief Science Officer Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Sanchez tells parents in a video that they must work closely with schools and communities to help children reach and maintain a healthy weight.

He suggests parents […]

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Elmore Leonard dies of stroke complications

Famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard, 87, died Tuesday at his home near Detroit from complications of a stroke he suffered several weeks ago. Leonard’s death was announced on his website.

The prolific writer had published 45 books, including such well-known titles as “Get Shorty,” and “Freaky Deaky.”

When he first started out […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke survivor turned beauty queen raises awareness wherever she goes

Karen Dionne and her fiancé Michael were busy making breakfast one morning in March 2007 when her head started to hurt. Dizziness and extreme exhaustion quickly set in. Then she noticed she couldn’t feel her left foot.

Soon, she couldn’t feel her entire left side.

Michael immediately recognized her classic symptoms: […]

SimpleScience@Heart: If you were a preemie, beware possible heart problem

People who were born prematurely should pay special attention to their heart health.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found that young adults who were born more than a month early were more likely to have problems in the right side of their hearts. And the […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Your eyes may give a peek into future stroke risk

Doctors may one day be able to peek into your future stroke risk by looking at a picture of your eyes.

In a new study, patients with damaged blood vessels and mild eye blood pressure on pictures of their retina were 35 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Those […]

Study: Half-cent tax does not impact consumption of sugary drinks

The consumption of sugary drinks will not be impacted by a half-cent per ounce tax, according to new data published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, examined how a sugar-sweetened beverage tax would impact consumers. […]

Heart Healthy Vacationing

When traveling by car, you’ve already spent a lot of time planning your trip. We all want to make good time, but it’s also important to schedule several breaks into your itinerary, especially if you have children.

Pack a cooler full of healthy snacks, and even complete meals. Chopped veggies, […]