American Heart Association

American Heart Association applauds final passage of community AED legislation; urges President to sign measure into law
24 May 02 | The American Heart Association today congratulated both houses of Congress for incorporating the Community Access to Emergency Devices Act (Community AED Act) into the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act, and urged President Bush ...

Stress leaves blood vessels tightly wound
21 May 02 | Mental stress causes the inner layer of the blood vessels to constrict, which may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers report in today's rapid access Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. This study provides the...

The low-down on high blood pressure - more focus on prevention and treatment
17 May 02 | May is designated High Blood Pressure Month and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP), an initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to get Americans to treat and ...

Statement of M. Cass Wheeler, CEO, American Heart Association on Centers For Disease Control and Prevention report on decline in smoking among nation's high school students
16 May 02 | The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on youth smoking released today offers anti-smoking advocates and public health groups encouraging news that smoking among the nation's high school students has declined over the past...

Implantable device pumps up ailing heart
14 May 02 | In one of the longest follow-up studies of an implantable left ventricular assist device, heart failure patients reported a substantially improved quality of life, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the ...

Repeat stenting not always durable
14 May 02 | The 34 patients who had irradiated lesions were divided into four groups: old stent not re-stented; old/new stent overlap, new stent only and lesions treated without re-stenting. In patients treated with radiation, the lumen volume was larger for ...

Aspirin steps up as anti-inflammatory for arteries
14 May 02 | Researchers found that aspirin can protect the blood vessels from dysfunction caused by even mild inflammation. Aspirin is often given to people with heart disease to help thin the blood, but other effects could make it useful to prevent heart ...

Radiation rids arteries of re-narrowing for up to five years
13 May 02 | Restenosis occurs in about 20 percent of heart patients undergoing procedures such as angioplasty or stenting. The study involved 55 patients, 26 of whom received radiation and 29 who took a placebo treatment.

Drill and suction procedure holds promise for clogged arteries
07 May 02 | Researchers used a marker of heart function called an ST-segment score to determine whether the X-sizer suction device could benefit heart patients. The faster the ST-segment score decreases, or resolves, after a heart attack, the better the ...

Heart health should be the front line of diabetes care
07 May 02 | Intensive treatment of cardiovascular risk factors is vital for people with diabetes, according to a series of reports from the American Heart Association's Prevention Conference VI: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease published in today's ...

Steeped in research: Tea linked to survival after heart attack
07 May 02 | Drinking lots of tea may reduce a person's risk of dying after a heart attack, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Moderate tea use was associated with a 28 percent lower ...

Have you had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart failure, angina or heart disease? Find your best treatment option with new online tool
06 May 02 | Have you had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart failure, angina or heart disease? The American Heart Association recently launched Heart ProfilersŪ, a free, Web-based interactive tool that provides personalized information, based on the ...

American Stroke Association kicks off American Stroke Month with renewed focus on preventing nation's No. 3 killer
03 May 02 | American Stroke Association kicks off American Stroke Month with renewed focus on preventing nation's No. Yet it is nowhere near the forefront of Americans' minds, according to an American Stroke Association survey conducted Feb. 1-3, 2002.

Foods rich in folate may reduce risk of stroke
03 May 02 | Researchers found that people who consumed at least 300 micrograms (mcg) of folate per day had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and a 13 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those consuming less than 136 mcg of folate per day. "For ...

Stroke survivors have brittler bones, more likely to fracture
03 May 02 | Doctors may need to add treatment for osteoporosis to stroke rehabilitation therapy, according to a report in today's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers say prescribing biophosphonates, drugs that prevent bone loss ...

Heavy drinkers bear the heavy burden of bleeding stroke
03 May 02 | Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, accounting for 10 percent to 20 percent of all strokes. "The increased risk with a family history implies that genetic factors may be associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage," Kissela says.

Stroke - America's No. 3 killer - is the least of Americans' health worries
02 May 02 | The survey's results have prompted the American Stroke Association to increase its efforts in May - American Stroke Month - to encourage Americans to become more aware of their risk and how to prevent stroke. Consumers can learn their risk of ...

American Heart Association 'Citizen Advocates' Ask Congress for More Money to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke
30 Apr 02 | More than 350 American Heart Association volunteer "citizen advocates" from virtually every state in the Union are converging on Capitol Hill today to ask their congressional delegations to significantly increase research and prevention funding ...

New drug holds promise to block clots in people with artery disease
30 Apr 02 | The compound, DX-9065a, inhibits the action of factor Xa, one of the thirteen known factors involved in forming blood clots in coronary arteries. Blood clots lodged in the coronary arteries block blood flow to the heart and cause most heart ...

American Heart Association 'Citizen Advocates' Ask Congress for More Money to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke
30 Apr 02 | More than 350 American Heart Association volunteer "citizen advocates" from virtually every state in the Union are converging on Capitol Hill today to ask their congressional delegations to significantly increase research and prevention funding ...

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