American Heart Association

Fatty acid from fish oil fights arrhythmias, sudden death
09 Apr 02 | Daily supplements of a fatty acid found in fish oil halves the risk of sudden death in heart attack survivors, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. That study found that 1 gram daily of n-3 ...

Tiny device blocks useless part of heart, prevents blood clots
09 Apr 02 | A tiny device implanted into the heart to prevent blood clots could reduce the risk of strokes in people with atrial fibrillation (AF), researchers report in today's rapid access publication of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart ...

American Heart Association chairman named to NIH director's Council of Public
08 Apr 02 | American Heart Association Chairman of the Board Lawrence B. Sadwin has been selected to serve on the National Institutes of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives (COPR), effective immediately. The up-to-20-member council is a ...

Spiral scan sees stroke blockage more clearly
05 Apr 02 | Physicians working in emergency rooms typically do a physical examination of stroke patients, including a standard CT scan of the head. A standard CT scan can quickly determine whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic.

Overstocked blood drains nation's supply
05 Apr 02 | Researchers say it may be time for hospitals to change their policies to reflect surgical advances that require less blood. These tests include ABO and Rh typing (to determine blood type), an antibody screen and a cross-match.

Medicine implants drastically reduce stroke complications
05 Apr 02 | Implanting tiny rods containing a calcium-channel blocker in brain vessels prevented vasospasm, a complication that can occur after surgical repair of a brain hemorrhage, according to a report in today's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart ...

New study of coated stent - long-term results disappointing
02 Apr 02 | This prevents in-stent restenosis, which can cause a heart attack. Patients' blood vessels were examined at six months and 12 months after stenting.

Arsenic in well water related to atherosclerosis
26 Mar 02 | For the first time, researchers report a strong dose-dependent relationship between arsenic exposure and accelerated development of atherosclerosis in the arteries leading to the brain. Our results indicate that long-term arsenic exposure may ...

Aspirin resistance increases risk of death
26 Mar 02 | The American Heart Association recommends aspirin for all patients with artery disease and a second antiplatelet medicine for those with uncontrolled chest pain called unstable angina. High levels of 11-dehydro thromboxane B2 in urine can identify...

New study says people take mental stress to heart
26 Mar 02 | Mental stress can trigger a lack of blood flow to the heart and increase the risk of death in people with coronary artery disease, researchers report in today's rapid access Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Previous studies ...

Clarification of Association's recommendations on egg consumption
20 Mar 02 | Recent reports in the media may have understandably left many individuals confused about the American Heart Association's dietary recommendations in reference to eggs. So an egg a day could fit within an individual's dietary budget only if ...

Myocarditis plus pulmonary hypertension means transplant sooner
19 Mar 02 | Pulmonary hypertension can predict death for people with myocarditis and suggests the need for a heart transplant or other aggressive therapy sooner, according to a report in today's rapid access Circulation: Journal of the American Heart ...

Preventing sudden death with implantable defibrillators
19 Mar 02 | The study, called MADIT-II (Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial), included 1,232 patients who had suffered a heart attack and had an ejection fraction of 30 percent or less. "Should patients with these characteristics - prior ...

American Heart Association applauds introduction of legislation to strengthen emergency medical services
15 Mar 02 | Legislation introduced in the Senate yesterday to streamline coordination between the federal agencies that support community-based emergency medical services (EMS) also will help reduce the number of deaths from heart disease, stroke and other ...

In heart failure, beta-blockers boost survival advantage for women
12 Mar 02 | Pooled data from the three largest heart failure studies of beta-blockers found increased survival in women taking beta-blockers. Researchers analyzed the effect of metoprolol CR/XL in women in the Metoprolol CR/XL Randomized Intervention Trial ...

Air pollution causes healthy blood vessels to constrict
12 Mar 02 | In the study, 25 healthy people inhaled elevated concentrations of fine particles plus ozone for two hours. After exposure, volunteers' blood vessels constricted between 2 percent and 4 percent on average.

Three-month antibiotic treatment reduces risk of future heart attack
12 Mar 02 | An antibiotic prolonged life and reduced risk of future heart attacks in people hospitalized for heart attack or unstable angina, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. "...

Lethal heart condition traced to cocaine use
12 Mar 02 | Cocaine use is not a commonly recognized risk factor for aortic dissection, which usually occurs in older people with high blood pressure. However, researchers at San Francisco General Hospital noticed younger patients coming to the hospital with...

Statement of M. Cass Wheeler, chief executive officer, American Heart Association on federal tobacco lawsuit
11 Mar 02 | A news report disclosing the federal government's proposed remedies in its racketeering lawsuit against the tobacco industry appears to represent yet another needed piece in the puzzle to ensure that the public, particularly our children, are ...

Light-weight heparin has heavy-weight results in heart attack treatment
05 Mar 02 | Enoxaparin previously has been shown to be superior to unfractionated heparin (another blood thinner) for patients with milder heart attacks (non-ST segment elevation). Major bleeding events occurred in 2.4 percent of UFH-TNK patients and 1.9 ...

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