American Heart Association

On the go: Clot buster-blood thinner ambulance combo may jump-start heart attack treatment
08 Jul 03 | Combining a clot buster with a form of the blood thinner heparin can be safely initiated for heart attack victims enroute to the hospital – an approach that reduces the time to treatment and could significantly improve survival.

American Heart Association outlines 'chilling' plan to prevent brain damage after cardiac arrest
08 Jul 03 | Lowering the body temperature of a person who has been resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest can help prevent brain damage, according to an international advisory statement published today in Circulation: Journal of the AHA.

Study suggests new risk factor associated with poor stroke outcome
04 Jul 03 | A buildup of uric acid, a byproduct of protein metabolism, appears to be an independent risk factor for poor outcome after stroke, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Smokers who first lit up as teens more likely to smoke after stroke
04 Jul 03 | Smokers who took up the habit at an early age, and those with a history of depression or alcohol use, are more likely to resume smoking after suffering a "bleeding" stroke, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke.

Primary care doctors make a difference in stroke deaths
04 Jul 03 | More primary care physicians may result in fewer stroke deaths, according to a study in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Growth factor promotes new blood routes in rat brain, which may prevent stroke
01 Jul 03 | Injections of a stimulant agent into rat brains expanded blood vessels and improved blood flow, a finding that may lead to a new, non-invasive way to prevent stroke, researchers reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation.

American Heart Association says AEDs safe to use on children ages 1 to 8
01 Jul 03 | Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – devices that shock the heart to restore a normal heartbeat after a life-threatening irregular rhythm – are safe for children as young as age 1, according to an American Heart Association statement.

The Mechanical Heart celebrates 50 lifesaving years
22 Oct 02 | Their efforts, funded in part by the American Heart Association, revolutionized cardiac surgery when doctors in 1952 used the Dodrill-GMR (General Motors Research) Heart Machine to perform the first "open heart" surgery to save a man's life. Other...

American Heart Association weighs in on fat substitutes
11 Jun 02 | The jury is still out on whether fat substitutes provide a health benefit, because individuals who use them seldom lose weight, according to a new American Heart Association statement published today in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart ...

Beta-blockers after heart surgery show double benefits
11 Jun 02 | Beta-blockers should be used as a first-line medication to prevent postoperative atrial fibrillation, a common complication of heart surgery, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart ...

Genetic abnormality may increase stroke risk fourfold among young
07 Jun 02 | After accounting for other stroke risk factors, the researchers found that presence of the 192 variant increased stroke risk by a factor of 4.10 compared to absence of the genetic abnormality. The fourfold increased risk associated with the PON1 ...

A helping hand: healthy arm helps retrain stroke-impaired arm
07 Jun 02 | In one group, electrical stimulation known as electromyography (EMG)-triggered stimulation was coupled with bilateral movement, a therapy where the unaffected arm helps the affected arm by mimicking its movement. The third group, "the controls," ...

American Heart Association leaders testify on Hill
06 Jun 02 | The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health heard from two leading physicians in the field of heart disease and stroke in a hearing addressing NIH research. Focusing his remarks on heart disease research, Bonow told the ...

Statin drugs lower heart disease risk in postmenopausal women
04 Jun 02 | Women taking statins had a 21 percent lower risk of heart attack and death related to heart disease and a 33 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during four years of treatment, compared to women who did not take statins. The primary ...

Doppler test detects those with gene for early heart enlargement risk
04 Jun 02 | A simple imaging test may identify individuals who are at risk for having the gene for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes thickening of the heart and early sudden death, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of ...

New marker of inflammation predicts death from artery disease
03 Jun 02 | The inflammatory marker is called interleukin-18 (IL-18). In previous animal studies it has been shown to accelerate atherosclerosis and influence plaque instability. The researchers then followed the subjects for about four years looking for ...

Male cells in transplanted female hearts show regeneration possible
28 May 02 | Heart muscle cells (myocytes) from male hearts were found in biopsied specimens from eight of 13 recipients of female hearts. "The female heart was able to recruit male cells and transform them into myocytes," explains senior author Michael B”hm, ...

Experts recommend increased funding, focus on resuscitation science
28 May 02 | Increased research, education and funding will improve the treatment of people who experience cardiac arrest, according to a report by resuscitation experts published in the May 28 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. -...

While-you-wait implantable heart assist device appears effective
28 May 02 | A new implantable device that gives failing hearts a boost while patients await a heart transplant appears to be reliable and safe, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. The ...

High blood pressure drug eases vessel stiffness, lowers systolic pressures
28 May 02 | Systolic pressure is the upper number in the blood pressure reading and indicates the blood pressure when the heart is contracting. Omapatrilat reduced such peripheral pulse pressures by 8.2 mm Hg, while the ACE inhibitor reduced pressures by 4 ...

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