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Fluctuating Personal Income May Be Associated With An Increased Heart Disease Risk

DALLAS, TX--Sudden, unpredictable drops in personal income during young adulthood are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and/or dying from any cause, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. In the United States, the recent rise in income inequality suggests that a larger… Read More

Study Finds ADHD Drugs Are Unlikely to Cause Cardiac Damage in Children Who Take Them

The results contribute important evidence to an ongoing controversy about whether or not MPH is associated with sudden cardiac death. BUFFALO, NY-- With more than 1.8 million children in the U.S. being treated annually with drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the possibility that such drugs could damage their hearts has… Read More

A New Model for Increasing Cardiac Arrest Survival Requires We Fix the National AED Shortage, Too

The obvious reason for the AED shortage is the fact these life-saving devices are, with a few exceptions, not legally required at most locations. But voluntary deployments are clearly not getting the job done on their own. This is the second in a series of articles on the state of affairs in public access automated external defibrillators (AEDs)… Read More

Should Pacemakers, Defibrillators Be Recycled – And Reused in Others?

Reuse and recycle. Americans employ the concept on nearly everything. Now, medical researchers are working hard to apply it to pacemakers and defibrillators. Millions of sick people in low-income nations suffer or die each year because they can't afford these implantable medical devices that could help regulate their heartbeat. Researchers argue… Read More

Study: Risk of Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest Increases on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

NOTE: The following article was originally published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and states there is a high risk of both heart attacks and cardiac arrest at Christmastime. However, the original article it references, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, refers to heart attacks only. While heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac… Read More

Shaquille O'Neal's Son, Shareef, Sends Out Message After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, appears to be doing well after undergoing heart surgery Thursday. The 18-year-old UCLA freshman underwent the procedure to fix an irregularity with his heart. During a summer practice, O’Neal said he “felt funny,” after which doctors discovered the condition. O’Neal will miss the entire 2018-19… Read More

AHA Launches New Video to Increase Bystander CPR Among Millennial Women

Research shows that women are less likely to receive bystander CPR in public DALLAS, TX--A new American Heart Association video spotlights the crucial role of bystander CPR among women in light of research findings that show gender disparities in bystander CPR response in public. The powerful video, produced by the American Heart Association, in… Read More

ECG App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Available Today on Apple Watch

Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm… Read More

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon

Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women’s basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members… Read More

Bill Requiring Hotels to Have AEDs in Populated Locations Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ--To protect the lives of New Jersey's hotel patrons, Assembly Members Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Gabriela Mosquera have sponsored legislation ensuring hotels have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the most populated areas of hotels. The bill cleared the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts Committee Monday. "We must… Read More