Annabelle Jimenez receiving Lifestyle Change Award from Macy’s executive vice president Molly Langenstein.

She’s half the woman she used to be, going from 380 pounds to certified personal trainer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOIATION NEWS Lea en español Annabelle Jimenez’s knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. “I couldn’t walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain,” […]

Marcella Roberts, winner of the American Heart Association's Louis B. Russell, Jr. award.

Making the case for better health in public housing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As an attorney and vice president of a real estate firm, Marcella Roberts makes decisions based on data — cold, hard facts. But the stats about heart disease in women didn’t become real for her until it became personal. Two years ago, while attending the […]

Work colleagues walking down stairs

Returning to work after a heart attack can be tough, but also good medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After five weeks off recovering from her heart attack, Melissa Murphy looked forward to returning to her job. “I’m back out, and I’m contributing again,” the Iowa mother of two remembered thinking. “I’m not a victim, which is how you sometimes feel when you’re sitting […]

Skylar Doerwaldt had a stroke in her 20's. Thanks to fast action from a friend who recognized her symptoms, and treatment with a clot-busting drug, she left the hospital within 48 hours. (Photos courtesy of Skylar Doerwaldt)

The tattoo on her left forearm offers a unique way for this stroke survivor to open a dialogue with others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo on her left forearm. The dark, jagged lines represent the arteries […]

Stephanie Austin had a cardiac arrest at age 35. Her sons Alec (left) and James (right) were at home when their father called 911 and did life-saving CPR.

Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning. Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon. Worse yet, it […]

Dr. Karen Larimer

Nursing professor committed to clean air, healthy kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When it comes to improving cardiovascular health in communities, Karen Larimer rarely thinks small. “I want to have a bigger impact on health care throughout the world,” she said. “I want to get the biggest bang for our buck.” That ambition, vision and drive earned […]

Dr. Mariell Jessup

Heart failure expert sees great changes ahead for landscape of heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS By the time Mariell Jessup left home to attend the University of Pennsylvania, she already knew she wanted to be one of two things after graduation: an actress or a physical therapist. But while studying physical therapy, she gradually noticed almost all of her classmates […]

Betty Thrasher (center), with Carolyn Williams (left) and Anna Tranum Kessler (right) at a fundraiser for Altrusa International in Temple, Texas.

Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite. “The way we look […]

Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage. Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused […]

She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen. She was watching the movie “Unbroken” when that […]

Luckily, her daughter was home – and remembered what her science teacher said a few days before

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn’t going like it should. She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed globs of toothpaste out of the tube, seemingly everywhere but onto the bristles of her brush. “I […]

Higher weight gain in first-time pregnant moms could boost chance for dangerous condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Higher weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women giving birth for the first time, new research shows. The study published Monday explored how weight affects preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy condition related to gestational high blood pressure. Ten million women around the world […]

He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The night before leaving on a cruise, Alisa Mari was trying to free up room on her DVR to record programs she would miss while on vacation. One of the space-eaters was a talk show demonstrating how to perform CPR that she’d been saving for […]

Lifesaving information is not always a phone call away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago. Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher […]

Pregnant woman in hospital with fetal heart monitor

Low-dose aspirin could help pregnant women with high blood pressure avoid a dangerous condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose […]

Newborn baby in an incubator

Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks […]

Paramedica David Crabtree with Heidi Stewart

After 5 years, cardiac arrest survivor finds her rescuer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When Heidi Stewart’s heart stopped at age 18 in her high school in Vancouver, Washington, quick-acting school administrators and teachers jumped into action, starting CPR. Taking turns, the principal and teachers kept Stewart alive until the EMS team arrived. She was able to thank the […]

Maria Juarez

Mother of three didn’t know what a stroke was – until she had one on Christmas Eve

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español On the morning of Dec. 24, 2016, Maria Juarez awoke in her San Antonio home with a bad headache. She also noticed something wrong with her hearing – she thought water from the previous night’s shower had lodged in her ear. She […]

Sarah Belliveau with husband Jim and sons Sam and Andrew

Quick recognition, treatment help Maine stroke survivor recover in hours

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee. The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn’t. She forgot how. “I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button,” she said, “but there was a […]

Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Kendra Plumley didn’t spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn’t a choice. She had to protect her new […]

Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who develop elevated blood pressure before age 10, according to a new study. Past studies have linked high blood pressure in both children and adults with direct […]

Nutritious eating, physical activity boosts mom’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As Mother’s Day approaches, many families are busy planning a special day for Mom. Perhaps it will include a delicious brunch, a family cookout or a thoughtful card. It’s also an excellent time to encourage women to consider the biggest gift they can give themselves […]

Olympic medalist and freestyle skier Shannon Bahrke Happe, pictured with husband, Matt, and daughter Zoe.

Advice from Olympians and ‘regular’ moms: The healthiest Mother’s Day gift is self-care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Motherhood. Career. Fitness. For many women, it doesn’t always feel like all of these can coexist, much less find balance. But this Mother’s Day, putting another word at the top of that list could make all the difference: self-care. Experts agree nutritious foods, physical activity, […]

pregnant woman getting blood pressure checked

OB-GYNs, cardiologists join to fight the No. 1 killer of women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Regular annual visits to the OB-GYN can be a linchpin to improving women’s heart health, according to an advisory issued Thursday that encourages collaboration with cardiologists and spells out recommendations on how the two can prevent heart disease. More than 90 percent of women have […]

Belinda Waggoner at the podium of the Go Red For Women luncheon in Kansas City

Mother of the bride survives heart attack on Mother’s Day

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Belinda Waggoner is the type of person who gives her all to everything she does. She devoted so much to the human resources company she founded that she wound up with high blood pressure. So her focus became getting healthy. She started by walking, then […]

Infections could trigger stroke in pregnant women during hospital delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke […]

Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new study reinforces the idea that it’s never too late to start eating your veggies – especially ones like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. Australian researchers who examined nearly 1,000 women ages 70 and older found that so-called cruciferous vegetables may be […]

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April. For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann […]

High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure before conception may increase the risk of miscarriage for healthy young women with a history of lost pregnancies, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, was the first to focus specifically on differences […]

Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have babies with a heart defect have a 25 percent greater risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular issues later in life, according to a new study that says the baby’s condition could be an early warning of heart disease for some mothers. The […]

In women, antibiotic use linked to increased risk of death from heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s a health warning Americans have heard for years: Only use antibiotics when necessary, or you might end up with an infection that is difficult to treat because it contains bacteria that are resistant to these drugs. But there may also be other reasons to […]

Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Women with bigger waists relative to their hips face a higher risk of heart attacks than men with a similar body shape, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that a […]

The heart should be considered when treating breast cancer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Medical experts are trying to figure out how to decrease heart disease risk for older women who survive cancer. The American Heart Association advises heart disease be considered during breast cancer treatment since cancer outcomes can be influenced by heart health. In addition, some types […]

Not enough sleep can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Some preliminary research shows that older women who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have poor cardiovascular health. Since sleep disturbances typically increase for women as they age, researchers studied what impact that has on their health. They followed about 21,500 women health […]

Pregnancy-related heart failure most often in weeks after birth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A recent study shows that most pregnancy-related heart failure occurs during the first six weeks after the baby is born. That’s an issue because usually women are discharged a few days after they deliver and don’t go back to their doctor for six weeks, so […]

9 African-American pioneers in medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The contributions of African-Americans to medicine date back to the American Revolutionary War. In honor of Black History Month, this list highlights some of the notable figures who have championed better health care access for black Americans, helped develop medical breakthroughs and broke glass ceilings […]

Surviving a heart defect to become an American Ninja Warrior

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Molly Hemphill is a congenital heart survivor and recently selected as a competitor on television series “American Ninja Warrior.” She shares her life story and future goals: At 25 years old, my life changed overnight. I was struggling to fall asleep, unsure why, when my […]

Women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Bystanders are less likely to give women CPR, according to a recent review of data compiled from clinics that study cardiac arrest and trauma. According to data compiled by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada, 45 […]

Women in Congress wear red to support women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nearly 40 bipartisan women lawmakers wore red Wednesday to celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. The Congressional women gathered on Capitol Hill for the photo and pledged to be part of the effort to reduce women’s heart disease and stroke risks. […]

Becoming an Olympian? Probably not. But lifelong fitness is still within reach.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The dedication and athleticism on display during the Winter Olympics is awesome to watch, both as exhilarating entertainment and as a reminder of just how impossible these feats can seem for us mere mortals. But a few of the U.S. Olympic Team’s […]

After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam. Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it […]

Red Hot: Celebrity models walk the runway for women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Red dresses, heart signs and dance steps all traveled down the runway Thursday night as celebrity models showed their support in kicking heart disease by kicking off New York’s Fashion Week. Celebrity models, actresses, social influencers and musical artists all donned red designer gowns — […]

Emerging designer to move into the fashion show spotlight

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Fashion designer Taneasha Prunty hesitated when she got the invitation to submit a sketch for New York Fashion Week’s annual Red Dress Collection fashion show. She eventually talked herself out of applying. But then she continued to mull over the idea and realized she needed […]

Country goes red to draw attention to heart disease and stroke in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Nothing can keep Kimberly Moore from spreading the word about heart disease and stroke in women – not even surgery. From her hospital bed this week, Moore urged family and friends on social media to wear red on Friday to show their support, raise awareness […]

Avoiding heart disease should be considered during breast cancer treatments

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Older women who survive cancer are at much higher risk of death from heart disease, according to a panel of experts who are working to lessen that double whammy. In its first scientific statement on cardiovascular disease and breast cancer, the American […]

Most U.S. women don’t know their personal risk for heart disease, poll finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High cholesterol, diabetes and obesity can all lead to heart disease and stroke. But most American women don’t know if they’re at risk, a new poll finds. Six in 10 women are unaware of their cholesterol numbers, blood sugar levels or body mass index, according […]

Rare type of stroke becoming more common in pregnant women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The proportion of pregnant women who experience a rare type of stroke has increased, researchers reported Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. Overall, the risk of having a stroke during pregnancy is small, with about 34 strokes occurring for every 100,000 deliveries. […]

For pregnant women, heart failure most likely in weeks after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After her third child was born, Golda Black complained to her doctors about a persistent cough while lying down, along with fatigue, dizziness and chest pains. As she looked for possible explanations online, heart failure kept appearing in her results. “My husband thought I was […]

Mental stress puts the squeeze on women’s blood vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ’Tis the season for last-minute holiday shopping to generate anxiety – over whether presents will arrive on time and how much money is being spent – and the headaches over guests and travel. But a new study hints that people with heart disease, particularly women, […]

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 […]

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 […]

New survey reveals Hispanic-Americans’ attitudes toward health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hispanic-Americans are less likely to seek health screenings or preventive care compared with their black and white peers, according to a new survey that provides a detailed and ongoing assessment of the Hispanic community’s attitudes toward health care. The Healthy Americas Survey, […]

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 […]

Catching up on sleep over the weekend may not help the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Using the weekend to catch up on sleep may not be good for heart health, a new study suggests. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, included more than 21,000 older female health care professionals without a history […]

Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it’s a man or woman

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR in public and far more likely to die afterward, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events that occurred between 2011 and 2015 and released their preliminary results Saturday at American Heart Association’s […]

High school teacher preps for third heart valve surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High school teacher Debra North constantly felt worn out in the days leading up to spring break. Then one day during lunch, she felt numbness in her right arm and pressure on her chest. She was planning to finish the day, but school officials called […]

Exercise helps lower risk of death in older women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Exercising more and at a higher intensity could dramatically lower the risk of death in older women, a new study shows. The study, published Monday in Circulation, is one of the first to investigate physical activity — measured using a wearable device called a triaxial accelerometer — and […]

Teen mothers may have higher heart risk later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Past studies have shown a link between cardiovascular disease and the number of times a woman has given birth. But giving birth as a teenager may also pose heart-related risks to mothers later in life, a new study suggests. The study, published Wednesday in the […]

Heart truths about breast cancer treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In a way, Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October — is also Cardiac Effects Awareness Month. Or at least it should be, many oncologists, cardiologists and survivors believe. After all, when Barbara Collins received a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer at age 52 in […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

Singing cardiologist gets the band back together

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Unfortunately, a Beatles reunion will never happen. But for the lucky people of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rick and the Arrhythmics returned for a long-awaited (by some, at least) encore. Back in the 1980s, the band, which included several local doctors, specialized in rowdy, three-chord classic rock, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español 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 […]

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Study suggests ‘full-term’ pregnancy may need narrower definition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Studies have shown strong links between preterm births and future health risks such as heart failure. But being born early, yet still within the full-term range, may also pose heart-related risks later in life, a new study suggests. The findings could have far-reaching implications in […]

Women, doctors need to focus on both heart health and reproductive health, experts say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women, only a fraction of them discuss heart health during annual ob-gyn visits, according to a new survey. That missed connection between heart and reproductive health is important because many women consider their ob-gyns as […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows. In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

Her heart touched by social issues, doctor turns ‘probing scientific mind’ to peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Aruna Pradhan, M.D., grew up in the 1970s in Selma, Alabama, when the small Southern city was tending to wounds from its years of racial unrest. She was bothered by things she saw and even experienced as a teenager, but she was not sure just […]

Exposure to violence may up cardiovascular risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Mexican women who experience violence as adults may be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that exposure to violence is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease — an […]

More strokes among younger people worry experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When the crushing headache and other sudden problems first hit Brooke Bergfeld, she assumed they were childbirth-related. The pain came on just a week after her new son was born, after all. Fortunately for Bergfeld, her mother knew better. She quickly called 911 after recognizing […]

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago. First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier. That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in […]

Former AHA President Donna Arnett honored for service

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 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 […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too. “My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant. He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — […]

Climbing to the mountaintop to tell her message

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and could have settled into a quiet life, relishing her renewed health and extra years without a lot of excitement. But that was never the plan for her, or her husband Craig. “We wanted to do something […]

Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study. In general, the findings are good news because they show […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone. “I […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday. The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back. Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest. In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven […]

Knowing heart attack symptoms postpartum

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The terrifying chest pains and tightness started two weeks after Bronwyn Pullin had her baby boy. “I brushed it off as anxiety about a new baby and all the changes that come with it,” said Pullin. “I would try laying down, moving around or eating. […]

Research takes deep dive into women’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday. The grants were made possible through a $5 million gift made in 2015 by Bill and Sally Soter in […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate. With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health. But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go […]

Gum disease, tooth loss may raise risk of death in postmenopausal women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Gum disease and tooth loss may increase risk of death in postmenopausal women — but not cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that periodontal disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause and loss of all natural […]

Son continues March Madness tradition in mom’s honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Jeff Logan was a teenager when he started bonding over basketball with his mom, Pat. This will be the eighth year he’s had to fill out his NCAA tournament bracket without her. But Jeff, now 53, rallies others to do it in her memory. Pat […]

Nothing could slow down this busy working mom — until her stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lilian Tsi Stielstra was a couch potato. But at age 46, that changed. Waking on a Saturday in 2010 in her San Francisco home, she recalls feeling tired. She brushed it off as stress from her demanding bank sales job. Walking up the stairs, she […]

Women with mild heart blockage report poorer health, more anxiety and negativity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women with mild heart blockage have poorer health and more anxiety and negative outlooks than men with the same condition, according to new research. In non-obstructive coronary artery disease, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is partially restricted. The blockage of coronary arteries […]

African-American women at risk for heart disease report greater loneliness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS HOUSTON — African-American women at risk for heart disease face more loneliness than white women, a new study suggests. The findings, released Tuesday as part of a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that black women were about twice as […]

Katie Holmes, other celebrities share why they wear red

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Celebrities and heart disease survivors turned the runway red last week when they showed off fiery fashions created by designers for the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. The fashion show helped kick off New York Fashion Week, which ends Thursday. As part of […]

Rocking the red dress to put women’s heart disease in the national spotlight

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW YORK — They smiled, laughed, danced and sang down the runway. Unlike the traditional fashion show featuring solemn supermodels, this was a catwalk of celebration. Actresses, musicians, talent show hosts, reality stars and survivors of cardiovascular disease walked in red dresses — and one […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease. Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as […]

Trump proclaims February as American Heart Month

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS President Donald Trump helped bring attention to the importance of heart health by declaring February as American Heart Month, kick-starting the annual awareness campaign for the nation’s No. 1 killer. In a proclamation, Trump said that he and First Lady Melania Trump encourage all Americans […]

Going red to save women’s lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Television news anchors, members of Congress and Americans nationwide wore red Friday to spotlight a health threat many women don’t realize: cardiovascular diseases. Major landmarks and buildings, including Niagara Falls and Graceland, will also be lit up red from coast to coast to celebrate National […]

AHA volunteer rings in awareness at Nasdaq

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Just ahead of National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association signaled its investment in heart health with a volunteer ringing the closing Nasdaq bell Thursday. National Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February, when the AHA encourages people to wear red to […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies. In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, […]