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AHA News: Lifelong Runner and Newlywed Gets Pacemaker to Power Her Heart

After their Hawaii honeymoon, newlyweds Jackie Ng-Osorio and her husband, Kane, set a goal of training together for the Honolulu Marathon.

The race went well. Afterward, Ng-Osorio, who was 26 at the time, eased back into shorter daily runs. But she noticed her heart rate stayed high well after running.

She went to her doctor. A treadmill stress test found no problems. "You could sto...

AHA News: Improving Heart Health at Midlife and Beyond Could Lower Future Risk of Stroke, Dementia

Good heart health promotes better brain health and can help reduce the risk for stroke and dementia. But is it ever too late to make a difference? New research suggests the answer is "no."

The study, to be presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Dallas, found that improving heart health in midlife and beyond was associated with a lower p...

Kids Conceived Via IVF Have No Higher Risk of Heart Issues

The heart health of children conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) is similar to that of their naturally conceived peers, researchers have found.

The large study found no robust difference in blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and glucose mea...

AHA News: Indigenous Populations May Have Higher Stroke Risk

In highly developed countries, Indigenous populations may have a higher rate of stroke, according to new research that highlights a dire need for more data and well-designed studies.

Each year, nearly 12 million people worldwide have a stroke, which takes place when a vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a clot or the vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain, causing brain ce...

AHA News: They Married at Hospital Chapel, Days Before Groom's Triple Bypass Surgery

Although weekday weddings are a growing trend, Daniel Pecoraro and Lisa Siegel hadn't originally scheduled theirs for a Monday afternoon. And certainly not at a hospital near their home in Boynton Beach, Florida.

But married life requires adjusting to situations, and they faced a drastic one days before their vows were to be exchanged.

Last October, during his workday as a middle sc...

AHA News: Genes, Neighborhoods and a Surprising Finding on Stroke Risk

A genetic score may be able to identify higher stroke risk – but only for people living in the most privileged neighborhoods, according to new research that highlights inequities related to wealth and health.

Researchers looked at acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. It is caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain. Genetic factors are known to influence stroke ...

Black Stroke Survivors Less Likely to Get Treated for Complications

Having a stroke is a life-altering experience, and complications can crop up afterwards, but a new study finds the color of your skin may determine whether you are treated for them.

In the year following a stroke, Black and Hispanic patients were not treated for common complications as often as white patients were, researchers found.

"Black patients were less likely to receive...

Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your Heart Risk

Americans who live near a "food swamp" may have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study finds.

A number of studies have looked at the health consequences of living in a so-called food desert -- areas with few grocery stores or other options for buying fresh food.

Food swamps are different: The term was coined to describe communities where fast food restaurants, conv...

AHA News: Pregnancy Complications Could Increase Woman's Stroke Risk at Earlier Age

Women who have pregnancy-related health problems face an increased risk for having a stroke much earlier in life than their peers with uncomplicated pregnancies, a risk that climbs with each complicated pregnancy, new research suggests.

The findings, which will be presented Feb. 8 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Dallas, show women with two or more c...

AHA News: Las complicaciones durante el embarazo podrían aumentar el riesgo de derrame cerebral a temprana edad

Las mujeres que presentan problemas de salud relacionados con el embarazo se enfrentan a un mayor riesgo de sufrir un derrame cerebral mucho más temprano en la vida que sus contemporáneas con embarazos sin complicaciones, un riesgo que se acrecienta con cada embarazo complicado, sugiere una nueva investigación.

Las conclusiones, que se presentarán el 8 de febrero en la Conferencia Int...

AHA News: 11 Things to Know to Save a Life With CPR

When a heart stops, seconds matter. But too often, when someone has a cardiac arrest away from a hospital, people in a position to help don't.

Misunderstandings about CPR can keep people from acting. That costs lives. We asked experts to help clear things up.

You can't wait.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and don't wait for professional...

AHA News: 11 cosas a saber para salvar una vida con RCP

Cuando un corazón se detiene, cada segundo importa. Pero con demasiada frecuencia, cuando alguien sufre un paro cardíaco lejos de un hospital, las personas que pudieran ayudar no lo hacen.

Los malos entendidos acerca de la reanimación cardiopulmonar, o RCP, pueden impedir que las personas actúen. Eso cuesta vidas. Le pedimos ayuda a los expertos para aclarar las cosas.

N...

AHA News: Depression, Poor Mental Health in Young Adults Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Risks

Young adults with depression or overall poor mental health report more heart attacks, strokes and risk factors for cardiovascular disease than their peers without mental health issues, new research shows.

The findings, published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association, add to a large body of evidence linking cardiovascular disease risk and death with depression, but leav...

AHA News: Student-Athlete's Parents Grateful for National Spotlight on Cardiac Arrest

Dylan Dorrell fell in love with running when he was in kindergarten and ran a 5K with his mom on Mother's Day. As a 17-year-old senior in high school, he'd just finished practicing with his cross-country team at a local park in Denton, Texas, when he went to the bathroom to wash his hands.

He never came out.

Dylan's heart stopped while alone in the bathroom. It was a sudden cardiac ...

Estrogen Exposure Could Impact a Woman's Odds for Stroke

When it comes to reducing stroke risk among women, new research suggests that the more estrogen a woman is exposed to over the course of her life, the better.

The finding follows nearly a decade spent tracking stroke risk among roughly 123,000 Chinese postmenopausal women.

In the end, investigators concluded that those who had a relatively long reproductive period before menopause ...

AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

People hospitalized with COVID-19 may have an increased risk for heart damage, but not so much the type of inflammation previous research suggested, according to a new study.

Early in the pandemic, several studies suggested many COVID-19 survivors experienced heart damage even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized. The new study, published...

Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

Researchers have uncovered a serious risk for folks who have an extra X or Y chromosome.

Those with the genetic condition known as supernumerary sex chromosome aneuploidy have a risk for blood clots in a deep vein or lung that’s four or five times higher than usual, a new study<...

Heart Disease When Young Could Bring Memory Issues by Middle Age

People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.

The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers...

AHA News: After a Stroke at 87, Woman Had to Convince Family She Was Really OK

Barbara Bartels and a friend were catching up over coffee on a Sunday morning in August. They'd met up at a café not far from Bartels' home in Santa Cruz, California. As an artist and a bit of a self-professed hermit, Bartels didn't socialize much beyond her regular art critique group. But she did occasionally accept invitations to go out.
At 87, Bartels recently had felt herself slowing d...

AHA News: Older LGBTQ Adults Face Unique Challenges in Giving and Receiving Care

Every morning, Luther Moxley helps his partner of 35 years, Wayne Curtis, out of bed and into his wheelchair. Curtis, who has Parkinson's disease and is partially blind, washes himself seated in the shower, but he needs Moxley to dry him and help him back into his chair.

Moxley makes their meals and cuts Curtis' food into bite-sized pieces. He manages the household and does the grocery sh...

AHA News: A Thump to His Chest During a Game Stopped His Heart. Textbook Response Saved Him.

On April 16, 2021, Peter Laake was a starting freshman defender for his prep school's varsity lacrosse team. He'd had a good year, and now his team was playing a key rival on home turf in Towson, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb.

The first quarter was nearing an end when the ball walloped Peter's chest. Sitting in the stands, his mother heard the ball's impact, then watched her son take a few...

AHA News: Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Lower Risk For Cognitive Problems in More People

Several years ago, researchers published in JAMA a promising discovery: intensively lowering blood pressure appeared to reduce the risk for cognitive decline in people 50 and older with high blood pressure. But questions remained about whether the strategy was safe or effective in people whose diastolic blood pressure – the bottom number in a blood pressure reading – was low. Some data sugg...

AHA News: At Annual 'Thriller' Event, Zombie Went Into Cardiac Arrest

A week before Halloween 2021 and five days before her 68th birthday, Sarah Katzenmaier slipped into a royal blue bridesmaid dress and carefully applied her zombie makeup.

Then she made her way to Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, like she had for the past 12 years to perform in the annual "Thriller" event.

Sarah was waiting in her assigned location with hundreds of zombies and spe...

AHA News: Simple or Moderate Congenital Heart Defects Might Not Impair Fertility

Women and men born with simple or moderate heart defects who choose to have children are no more likely than others to experience infertility as adults, a study in Denmark suggests.

The researchers said it is the first study to examine the risk of infertility among women and men with congenital heart defects and offers reassurance to patients who are concerned about how the condition may ...

AHA News: ER Worker's Heart Stopped, Leaving Her 'the Color of Cookie Monster'

As a child life specialist in the emergency room of a children's hospital, Christi Eberhardt spent a Wednesday morning getting kids comfortable with their upcoming procedures. She showed them IVs and other surgical equipment.

Around midday, Eberhardt, who was 29, left the Akron, Ohio, hospital to make a phone call. She collapsed on the bridge connecting the garage to the building. Hospita...

AHA News: Dr. Ralph Sacco – First Neurologist to Serve as AHA President – Dies at 65

Between his first and second years of medical school, before he was certain about what he'd specialize in, Ralph Sacco landed a job alongside Dr. Philip Wolf.

Sacco's role included feeding punch cards into a machine, a tedious but necessary step in the rudimentary days of electronic data collection. The fascinating part was seeing what happened next – the way Wolf used the information t...

AHA News: Black People Rarely Hit the Slopes, But Those Who Love Winter Sports Work to Change That

Like many skiers, Dr. Ouida Brown can't narrow her love of the sport down to just one element.

"I love the scenery," said the orthopedic surgeon from Chicago. "I love the people." She loves being the first to make tracks in fresh powder in the morning. She loves the physical and mental challenge of trying to improve her time on a racecourse.

But it's another type of challenge when B...

AHA News: 5 Things to Know About AEDs After a Defibrillator Helped Save Damar Hamlin

We've all walked past them: Little red, yellow or green boxes with hearts on them and the letters "AED." They can be found in office buildings, gyms, schools, airports, shopping malls – almost anywhere large crowds gather.

These little boxes can save lives. But few people use them.

An AED – short for automated external defibrillator – is an easy-to-use medical device that can ...

AHA News: When He Stopped Breathing, His Dog Called Out For Help

On a Friday morning in late February, Ken Walsh and his wife, Nicole, sat on their couch in East Brunswick, New Jersey, having coffee and talking about weekend plans.

Their dog, Indiana, a 6-month-old Australian Shepherd mix, sat on the floor at Ken's feet. She was a happy, friendly dog who loved walks. She was especially attached to Ken, often curling up by the door after he left for wor...

What Exercise 'Snack' Is Best for Your Health?

Millions of adults spend too much time at a desk or in front of a screen, and experts have long advised them to sit less, move more.

But if lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and a mood boost are the goals, what's the bare minimum of movement that will get the job done?

Apparently just five minutes of walking every 30 minutes.

That’s the finding of a small, new study th...

AHA News: Uric Acid Linked to Later Risk For Irregular Heart Rhythm

High levels of uric acid in midlife may significantly raise the risk for a serious type of irregular heartbeat in the decades that follow, even in people without traditional risk factors, new research shows.

The study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that uric acid may play an important role in the development of atrial fibrillation, or AFib, ...

Happy, Loved Teens Become Heart-Healthier as Adults

When teenagers feel good about themselves and their lives, it may also do their hearts good in the long run, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that teenagers who generally felt happy, optimistic and loved went on to show better cardiovascular health in their 20s and 30s, versus kids who lacked that level of mental well-being.

Overall, they were more likely to maintain a healt...

AHA News: ER Nurse Went Into Cardiac Arrest at Daughter's School

Laura Rodriguez felt dizzy after dropping off her 5-year-old daughter for one of the first days of kindergarten.

Then she began sweating as she walked the halls of the elementary school in Arlington, Texas. This made no sense. It wasn't separation anxiety.

Rodriguez was planning to go running at a park across the street. But she couldn't shake off whatever was making her feel ill. A...

AHA News: Ginger Brings Zing to a Meal – But Does It Do More?

Ginger is not subtle. Whether sprinkled from the jar in your kitchen cabinet or sliced fresh from the produce section, its sweet, sharp warmth stands out.

But is it a healthy way to spice up your world?

Ginger is certainly an old spice, having been used in India and China perhaps 5,000 years ago. It was a valuable trade good in the Middle Ages, when a pound of ginger would have been...

AHA News: Quinton Aaron of 'The Blind Side' Aims to Be an Inspirational Story of His Own

Quinton Aaron knows the power of a success story featuring a talented young man and a mother figure who helps him beat the odds. Those elements helped make the 2009 film "The Blind Side," which he starred in alongside Sandra Bullock, a blockbuster.

That film was about football star Michael Oher, but Quinton's life has its own Hollywood-worthy arc: A sudden rise to fame. The loss of the mo...

U.S. Stroke Deaths Fall, But New Rise in Strokes Is Likely

U.S. stroke deaths have dramatically declined in the past several decades. But, researchers caution, their new study also found the potential for a resurgence.

“After nearly four decades of declining stroke-related mortality, the risk appears to be increasing in the United States. Our research underscores the need for novel strategies to combat this alarming trend,” said lead study au...

FDA Approves Second Alzheimer’s Drug, Despite Safety Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a second Alzheimer's drug, lecanemab, despite reports of rare brain bleeds linked to use of the drug in some patients.

However, the FDA pointed to the drug's benefits, as well.

“Alzheimer’s disease immeasurably incapacitates the lives of those who suffer from it and has devastating effects on their loved ones,” Dr. Bill...

AHA News: New Year, Healthier You? Here's How to Gradually Improve Your Eating Patterns

Losing weight is a popular New Year's resolution. But people often fail to keep this commitment or quickly gain back the pounds.

Instead of jumping on the latest fad diet, experts advise improving the nutritional quality of what goes into your body. A gradual shift to healthier eating is more likely to stick and can reap long-lasting rewards, such as better heart health and a lower risk o...

AHA News: Report Highlights Lack of Medical Worker Diversity – And How to Fix That

Racial and ethnic diversity among medical workers is critical to Americans' health, but more needs to be done to recruit, train and support those professionals, a new report says.

The report, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, describes barriers to a diverse workforce, highlights statistics on the problem and sugg...

Patients, Doctors Await FDA Decision on Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

Lecanemab: It's an experimental medication that's been shown in trials to slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

It's also up for accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with a decision expected by Jan. 6.

However, the drug has also been linked to two deaths from brain bleeds among people who’ve used it in trials, so safety concerns c...

AHA News: NFL Player's Cardiac Arrest Was a Triggering, Traumatic Event for Many

When Damar Hamlin's heart stopped, millions held their breath.

Monday night in Cincinnati, the 24-year-old football player for the Buffalo Bills had a cardiac arrest after making a tackle. In the packed stadium, thousands watched as medical workers performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to restore his heartbeat. Players and coaches hugged, wept and prayed as he was tak...

AHA News: Heart Attack at 46 Led to a New Heart and New Outlook on Life

Eddie Garcia juggled roles as the chief of staff for an elected official and the president of a school board. The positions seemed to be wearing him down.

At 46, he felt short of breath, his neck was sore and he had chest pain. Could it be a panic attack, he wondered?

Later that day, a trip to a clinic led to a trip to the emergency room, and then to a diagnosis: One of the main art...

AHA News: Want a Short-Term New Year's Resolution You May Be Able to Keep? Try Dry January.

For many people, New Year's resolutions fall flat on their face by the first of February. But what if your "New Year, New You" is only supposed to last a month?

Enter Dry January, a promise to not drink alcohol for 31 days. Launched a decade ago as a public health initiative by a British group, the practice has gained popularity on this side of the Atlantic. A 2022 national survey suggest...

What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking

Giving up cigarettes can be excruciating, with cravings and withdrawal symptoms lingering for weeks, especially if you aren’t strongly motivated.

Yet, just minutes after that first smoke-free breath, your body starts to change for the better. And with all the heal...

Stress Can Help Bring on a Stroke, Study Shows

Stress is rarely a good thing for your health, but new research warns that it significantly raises the risk of a stroke.

The study found that increased stress at home or work and recent stressful life events — like getting divorced or a major family conflict — were associated both with increased risk of stroke due to a clot, known as an ischemic stroke, and a stroke due to bleeding in...

AHA News: Days Before Christmas, New Mom Had a Stroke

Two weeks after giving birth and a week before Christmas 2016, Ashley Hammontree was enjoying a snowy day at home in Greenwood, Missouri. Wearing pajamas, she nursed her baby, Elijah, and set him in a swing.

Her husband, Ryan, came inside from playing with their dogs. He made two mugs of hot chocolate while Ashley mulled over what movie to watch.

For the Hammontrees, celebrating the...

AHA News: Heart Transplant Recipient Honors Her Donor 'By Living the Best Possible Life I Can'

Even now, years later, Linda Jara's voice resonates with notes that can only be fully appreciated by certain people -- people like her who carry someone else's heart.

Her tone is filled with gratitude. Awe. Contemplation. Thoughtfulness. Sorrow. Exuberance. The overwhelming feeling that someone else -- a total stranger -- made the ultimate sacrifice of allowing their own heart to beat in ...

AHA News: Heart Failure More Common in Heart Defect Survivors Starting at Young Age

People born with heart defects may face a nearly ninefold higher lifetime risk for heart failure and develop it decades earlier than people born without heart abnormalities, new research shows.

Though heart failure is extremely rare in young people, any occurrence in young congenital heart defect survivors signals a need for better screening and follow-up, starting early and continuing th...

AHA News: Why a Sportswriter's Sudden Death Should Lead You to Ask About Your Own Family History

The sudden death of celebrated sportswriter Grant Wahl at a World Cup match in Qatar last week shocked those who knew him -- and of him. He had just turned 49 and seemed healthy, aside from recent complaints about chest pressure, which he attributed to exhaustion and bronchitis.

On Wednesday, Wahl's family said he'd died from the rupture of an undetected ascending aortic aneurysm. "No amo...

AHA News: He Used to Hike Mountains. A Stroke Left Him Learning to Walk Again.

Richard Samuelian recently got back from a hike in Yosemite National Park.

A few years ago, the 52-year-old couldn't walk down the hallway of his home in Fresno, California, without help.

Richard was watching television one day when he noticed he was having trouble seeing the screen. He started to see double and felt queasy. He got up and tried to walk down the hallway but couldn't ...

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