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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 ...

AHA News: Soccer Helps These Doctors Stay on Top of Their Game

When Dr. Arianna Heyer left medical school in Philadelphia for an internal medicine residency in Miami, she found herself working constantly, with little time or opportunity to take care of her own health or make new friends.

A longtime soccer and basketball player, Heyer missed getting outside and moving. "I'm a very active person," she said. "It's part of my identity."

Then her ch...

AHA News: It's the Flavor of the Season, But Be Wary of Peppermint Platitudes

Peppermint, like Santa Claus, seems to be everywhere you turn at the holidays. And also like Santa, when it comes to evaluating claims about it, the most scientific minds will tell you they need more evidence.

An internet search will turn up all kinds of statements about peppermint's powers, said Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham, an associate professor of nutrition and integrative physiology at...

AHA News: Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Player Won't Be Sidelined by Heart Surgery

When Tionna Herron was 8, she learned some valuable things: She was good at playing basketball. And she had a rare heart condition that sometimes made her chest hurt after she played.

Her condition had a long name -- anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA). It meant one of the arteries coming out of her heart was misaligned, making it harder for blood to flow. When it gave he...

Climate Change's Extreme Temperatures Could Mean More Heart Deaths

Both extremely hot and very cold days take their toll on people who have heart disease, particularly those with heart failure.

A new multinational analysis of 32 million heart-related deaths over the past 40 years found more occurred on days with severe temperatures, an issue that climate change could make even worse.

Although the greatest number of deaths were due to heart failure,...

AHA News: You're Not a Polar Bear: The Plunge Into Cold Water Comes With Risks

Jumping into icy cold water in the dead of winter might seem like a crazy idea, but the so-called polar bear plunge has become a popular activity, often paired with raising money for charity.

Boosting its allure is another anything-but-hot trend, the practice of cold therapy, based on the belief that exposing the body to cold water and air may strengthen the immune system and improve card...

AHA News: He Collapsed After 2-on-2 Basketball Game Against His Son. His Teammate Saved His Life.

On a sunny fall day, Baltimore dads Joe Greco and John Holschuh teamed up to take on their teenage sons in a game of 2-on-2 basketball in the Greco family's driveway.

The boys were tough foes. Teammates on their high school squad, the teens pushed their dads hard for an hour, leaving Greco and Holschuh tired and needing a break.

The boys went inside to play video games. Greco and Ho...

AHA News: A Heart Attack During Pregnancy, Then Heart Valve Surgery

As she walked up to her fourth-floor apartment, Marisa MacDonnell figured something was different with this pregnancy, her second.

She felt winded. She had to take deeper breaths. And when she carried her then-2-year-old son, Sam, he felt heavier than his actual weight. Even the activities she loved -- walking and running -- seemed more laborious.

She chalked it all up to working fu...

AHA News: Keeping High Blood Pressure at Bay for the Holidays

No matter what winter holiday traditions you celebrate, you probably won't find "think about blood pressure" on your to-do list, even after checking it twice.

But that would be a nice idea for your heart's sake, experts say.

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke, said Dr. Angela L. Brown, director of the hypertension clinic at the Washington Univer...

AHA News: 'Supernatural' Actor Had a Stroke at a Fan Convention. Now, He's Giving Back in His Own Way.

Actor and musician Rob Benedict was in his natural habitat, onstage and entertaining an audience, when two of his friends decided to pull a practical joke on him.

They were all gathered in Toronto for a fan convention for "Supernatural," the long-running TV series. Benedict, who played the author Chuck Shurley (aka God) on the show, was taking part in a panel discussion when his two actor...

Shingles Ups Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack By Almost 30%

People who've had a bout of shingles may face a heightened risk of heart attack or stroke in later years, a new, large study suggests.

Anyone who ever had chickenpox can develop shingles — a painful rash that is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers for Diseas...

AHA News: After Cardiac Arrest at College Basketball Game, He's Ready to Cheer Again

For more than 50 years, Stan Goldstein has donned his red, black, white and gold -- the colors of the University of Maryland's Terrapins -- to cheer for his alma mater's men's basketball team at home games.

In the 1990s, the team invited him to travel on their charter plane with other donors, so he became a fixture at road games, too.

In January, Stan, 75, left his home in Potomac, ...

Winter Holidays Are High Time for Heart Attacks: Protect Yourself

The winter holidays are a time of celebrating and sharing precious time with family and friends, but they can also be deadly: More people die of heart attacks on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year.

Experts aren't certain what's behind that troubling fact, but they offer some suggestions to help ensure that you and your loved ones aren't among them.

"The holidays are a ...

AHA News: What's New With the Flu? Here Are 7 Things to Know

Don't call it a comeback if it was never really gone, but the flu is poised for a breakout year.

Like the killer in a horror movie franchise, this season's flu is bringing fresh twists to a familiar theme. Here are seven things you should know to stay safe.

Early season

Several factors make this flu season unique, including an early start, said Dr. Ellen Eaton...

AHA News: As Winter Approaches, Seasonal Depression May Set in for Millions

Winter's coming. The leaves have fallen, temperatures are dropping and there's less daylight to brighten our moods.

While some enjoy the changing of the seasons, millions of U.S. adults will experience a form of depression during the winter months known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. It can feel just like regular depression, because it is, said Thea Gallagher, a clinical assistan...

Put Away That Salt Shaker to Shield Your Heart

Toss out your salt shaker if you want to lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Even if you already follow a low-salt diet, sprinkling salt on your food can raise your risk for heart disease, heart failure and plaque in cardiac arteries, researchers report.

"Compared with people who always added salt to foods -- usually at the table -- those who sometimes, rare...

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