American Heart Association

Health and fitness facilities need defibrillators
05 Mar 02 | The joint position statement, "Automated External Defibrillators in Health/Fitness Facilities," advises larger facilities and those with special seniors programs to be equipped with the devices and to provide training. "Many more Americans are ...

Stopping statins may cause rebound that triples risk of death
05 Mar 02 | "Withdrawal of statin therapy shortly after the onset of symptoms completely eliminated the protective effect of statins in coronary heart disease patients hospitalized with severe chest pain." The study compared the effectiveness of two blood-...

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association work together to save lives by improving response to cardiovascular emergencies
04 Mar 02 | "Operation Heartbeat and Operation Stroke are our top priorities at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association because they can immediately help us save lives," said David Faxon, M.D., president of the American Heart ...

Microbleeds may be risk for serious stroke complications
01 Mar 02 | Cerebral bleeding (CB) can be a devastating complication of ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot). The purpose of the study was to detect if previous microbleeds - microscopic bleeding in the brain - are associated with an increased risk of ...

Homocysteine gene implicated in spontaneous cervical artery tears
01 Mar 02 | People in the study with elevated blood levels of homocysteine were significantly more represented in the group of patients with a form of stroke called spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCAD) than stroke-free control subjects - 64 percent ...

American Heart Association healthcare quality improvement program recognized by US Health and Human Services
28 Feb 02 | An American Heart Association program designed to improve hospital care of heart attack patients was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The American Heart ...

Forerunner to insulin may predict coronary heart disease
26 Feb 02 | Additional studies are needed to clarify the insulin findings, as well as the factors involved in the association between proinsulin and heart disease, Oh and her colleagues conclude. Increased levels of insulin and proinsulin have been associated...

Five-week antibiotic treatment may improve cardiovascular function
26 Feb 02 | Coronary artery disease patients who tested positive for C. pneumoniae showed improved blood flow in the brachial artery (in the arm) and reduced blood levels of two known markers for endothelial dysfunction after five weeks of daily treatment ...

Gene therapy to treat angina appears safe
26 Feb 02 | The Angiogenic GENe Therapy (AGENT) trial is the first placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of the therapy in humans and tested the safety and effectiveness of injecting a growth factor gene into the heart. Gene therapy may be a better approach...

Residual lifetime risk for developing hypertension in middle-aged women and men
26 Feb 02 | "Americans need to take note of this study," says David A. Meyerson, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins University. Blood pressure remains one of the most treatable risk factors for heart ...

American Heart Association joins other health groups to urge action on state tobacco excise taxes
25 Feb 02 | The American Heart Association joined with other public health groups today to urge governors and other lawmakers to increase state tobacco excise taxes as a means to save lives, improve health, and support budget shortfalls at a Smokeless States'...

Mild Hypothermia for Cardiac Arrest
20 Feb 02 | Individuals who suffer cardiac arrest are treated with devices that restore heart rhythm, but there are often neurological complications due to the lack of blood flow to the brain. Researchers tested whether mild hypothermia administered shortly ...

Raloxifene and Cardiovascular Events
19 Feb 02 | However, the study also found that in a subset of women previously diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, the risk of suffering an event was decreased by 40 percent. Recent studies have begun to clarify the issue of whether hormone replacement ...

Young women at greater risk of death than men after bypass surgery
19 Feb 02 | Before determining the risk of death for each age group, they examined the patients' health characteristics, what other illnesses they suffered besides coronary artery disease, and their heart-disease risk factors. Among bypass patients age 80 and...

Statement of M. Cass Wheeler, CEO, American Heart Association on American Legacy Foundation's effort to block Lorillard Tobacco Company lawsuit
13 Feb 02 | The American Heart Association supports the efforts of the American Legacy Foundation to block Lorillard Tobacco Company's attempt to shut down a popular and highly effective anti-tobacco advertising campaign that is successfully addressing the ...

Newest version of 'the pill' confers same stroke risk as old pill
13 Feb 02 | The first major study of ischemic stroke in women taking the latest form of low-estrogen birth control pills finds that they still have about double the stroke risk of women not taking the pill. Previous studies of second-generation OCs found an ...

Blood pressure drugs relax heart, reduce heart failure risk
11 Feb 02 | Diastolic ventricular dysfunction means that the left ventricle fails to properly fill during the relaxed or "diastolic" phase of the heart's pumping action. The American Heart Association estimates that 4.8 million Americans have congestive ...

Abrupt changes in body position can trigger stroke
08 Feb 02 | Sudden movements as simple as jumping when the doorbell rings can trigger ischemic stroke, according to a preliminary study presented today at the American Stroke Association's 27th International Stroke Conference. Researchers assessed the ...

Researchers question conventional wisdom on mini-strokes
08 Feb 02 | People who experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) have different risk profiles from those who suffer mild strokes, which may indicate a different underlying cause and treatment, researchers report today at the American Stroke Association's ...

Robotic physical therapy improves movement long after stroke
08 Feb 02 | The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. Danger, Will Robinson" images for many Americans, a diminutive 30-inch robot named MIT-Manus is challenging conventional wisdom about stroke rehabilitation, according...

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