American Heart Association

Cardiac imaging can be 'gatekeeper' for implantable heart-shocker
07 Oct 03 | High-tech images of the heart and its surrounding blood flow can help identify patients who will benefit most from implanted electronic devices that treat heart rhythm disturbances, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation.

CPR improves quality of life for cardiac arrest survivors
07 Oct 03 | Cardiac arrest survivors who received bystander CPR were likely to have a "good quality of life" one year later, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

A low-sodium diet does not raise blood cholesterol levels
25 Sep 03 | Reducing the amount of sodium in a person's diet does not as some scientists have proposed increase blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, researchers reported today.

Clean Air 'epidemic' spreads across U.S.
25 Sep 03 | The evidence against secondhand smoke has been mounting for years prompting cities and states to pass laws in what they might call a clean indoor air "epidemic." The AHA and other World Heart Day partners say it's a movement that could save millions.

Genes can individualize treatment for high blood pressure
24 Sep 03 | Genes that cause hypertension may also determine which blood pressure-lowering drugs are most effective for different people, according to research presented today by the American Heart Association.

High blood pressure is a factor in some "senior moments"
23 Sep 03 | Memory problems commonly associated with age and called "senior moments" might be related to reduced blood flow to the brain caused by high blood pressure, according to a report at the AHA's 57th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference.

Low-dose aspirin is best choice for cutting bleeding risks
23 Sep 03 | A little aspirin goes a long way in helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes while reducing bleeding complications, according to a study published in today's rapid access Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Diabetes and hypertension combo invite silent stroke
19 Sep 03 | Having diabetes along with high blood pressure dramatically raises the risk of brain lesions known as "silent strokes," researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Fruits and vegetables may protect against major types of stroke
19 Sep 03 | Eating fruits and green or yellow vegetables daily may protect against both major types of stroke, according to a study of Japanese people reported in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Saying "yes" to regular physical activity says "no" to stroke
19 Sep 03 | Moderate and high levels of physical activity are associated with reduced risk of stroke, according to a meta-analysis published in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Personal computers bring high-tech stroke evaluation to rural areas
19 Sep 03 | Armed with a personal computer and a telephone, specialists can accurately assess brain damage in stroke patients in rural areas miles away, scientists report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Judah Folkman honored with American Heart Association/Novartis award for high blood pressure research
17 Sep 03 | Judah Folkman, M.D., is the winner of this year's Novartis Award for Hypertension Research. He is a pioneer in the field of angiogenesis, which is how the body generates new blood vessels.

Poor fitness increases risk of death in women more than in men
16 Sep 03 | Physical fitness level predicts death in women more than in men, Chicago researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Bypass surgery may relieve chest pain better than angioplasty plus stent
16 Sep 03 | Bypass surgery is better than stent-assisted angioplasty at relieving chest pain and improving quality of life in the year after the procedure, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

Evaluation needed to gauge silent threat lurking within stroke patients
09 Sep 03 | Up to 40 percent of patients with "mini strokes" and ischemic strokes have silent heart disease, so doctors need to evaluate their heart risk even if patients don't have symptoms, according to a scientific statement published today.

American Heart Association urges Senate to vote for increased NIH funding in FY 2004
08 Sep 03 | The American Heart Association today urged the U.S. Senate to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for FY 2004 by voting for an amendment to be offered by Senators Arlen Specter, Tom Harkin, and Dianne Feinstein.

Cholesterol drug increases pain-free walking distance
02 Sep 03 | A cholesterol-lowering drug has the added benefit of improving walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease, which causes frequent leg pain, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the AHA.

Black women receive less care for coronary heart disease than whites, despite greater risk
26 Aug 03 | Black women are twice as likely as white women to have or die from coronary heart disease, but are less likely to receive adequate treatment, according a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Long-term survival after cardiac arrest improves over time
26 Aug 03 | The average survival time for people resuscitated and discharged from the hospital after out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest improved substantially over time, according to 25 years of data reported in today's issue of Circulation.

CRP increases in children as weight increases
19 Aug 03 | There is a significant association between body mass index and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in children, according to a study in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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