American Heart Association

American Heart Association applauds introduction of bill to help reduce threat of stroke, the nation's No. 3 killer
25 Nov 03 | The U.S. Senate introduced a bill late last week to address the need for greater public awareness of and more effective treatment for stroke the nation's No. 3 killer and a leading cause of disability.

High blood pressure and high CRP escalate cardiovascular risk
25 Nov 03 | High blood pressure and elevated levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) may work together to increase cardiovascular risk in women, according to a study in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the AHA.

More sudden deaths after left-sided stroke than after right-sided
21 Nov 03 | Strokes that attack the left side of the brain significantly increase the five-year risk for sudden cardiac death, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association and OSHA join forces to protect America's workforce from nation's leading killers
21 Nov 03 | A new alliance between the American Heart Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will help protect America's workers from heart disease and stroke leading causes of lost productivity, disability and death.

Healthcare teams should use right timing, technique to prepare children for heart surgery
18 Nov 03 | Healthcare professionals should individualize pre-procedural education to prepare children for heart surgery, says an expert American Heart Association panel. They suggest that children should be prepared based on age and previous experiences.

Best early heart attack treatment is matter of time
18 Nov 03 | The first randomized comparison of clot-busting drugs given en route to the hospital and balloon angioplasty upon arrival finds that clot-busting drugs (thrombolytic agents) seem preferable for patients treated within two hours of symptom onset.

Smoking increases bleeding strokes among women
13 Nov 03 | Smoking increases a woman's risk of having an intracerebral hemorrhage, a severe and often fatal stroke, according to a study published in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Heart attacks rose at Brooklyn hospital after terrorist attack
12 Nov 03 | The number of heart attack cases surged at a Brooklyn, New York, hospital in the two months after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, suggesting that psychological stress can trigger serious heart problems.

Tissue-engineered valves give diseased hearts new life
12 Nov 03 | Heart valves engineered from patients' own tissue may offer a new treatment for valvular heart disease, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Poor neighborhood linked to poor heart attack survival
11 Nov 03 | Living in a low-income neighborhood increases the risk of death after a heart attack. Patients living in neighborhoods with a high percentage of residents living below the poverty line had a death rate after heart attack 30% higher.

Hospital work shifts influence survival from cardiac arrest
11 Nov 03 | The odds of surviving cardiac arrest in the hospital are lower during the night shift, according to one of the largest studies of its kind. Hospitals may be less prepared to identify and respond to cardiac arrest during the night shift.

Men's social isolation linked to higher heart disease risk
11 Nov 03 | In a study examining factors that influence successful aging, researchers found that among a group of men in their 70s, social isolation was linked to increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and fibrinogen in the blood.

A little electrical boost may help many heart failure patients
11 Nov 03 | An electrical device that can strengthen the heart's pumping power shows promise as a new treatment for heart failure a disease that affects some 4.9 million Americans, researchers reported today.

Air pollution, even at "safe" levels, is bad for the heart
11 Nov 03 | Urban air pollution is linked to increased rates of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study presented today. The researchers conducted the study in the greater Athens area from 1992 to 1997.

Stents open arteries, but keep costs down
11 Nov 03 | Stents, which prop open narrowed arteries, are initially more expensive than balloon angioplasty alone, but they prove durable and cost-effective with time, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation.

A heart-strengthening pace: brisk but comfortable
11 Nov 03 | The pace that feels right probably is. When it comes to fitness, a brisk, comfortable walking pace strengthens the heart, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Growth factor grows stem cells that help heal hearts
11 Nov 03 | A drug that stimulates bone marrow to produce stem cells helped regenerate damaged heart muscle in one of the first studies of its kind. The drug, granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), treats some forms of cancer.

Bone marrow stem cells build new circulation to lungs
10 Nov 03 | A bone marrow stem cell transplant restored circulation to injured blood vessels in animals with pulmonary hypertension, according to a study presented today, promising a potential new treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Heal thyself: Patients' bone marrow cells restore failing hearts
10 Nov 03 | Bone marrow stem cells restored heart muscle that was damaged from a heart attack, providing a new treatment for failing hearts. The bone marrow cells came from patients' own blood and were injected into their ailing hearts, fueling new cell growth.

Studies describe heart disease following smallpox vaccination
10 Nov 03 | Heart-related complications can occur after the smallpox vaccine, but symptoms are usually mild. The rate of adverse cardiac events was about 58 per 100,000 vaccinations in data collected between January and May 2003.

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