MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — What better way to celebrate American Heart Month and Valentine's Day than receiving a gift from the heart?
Rather, for the heart.
The Little Hats, Big Hearts program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, distributes little, red, handmade hats to babies born in February. The effort aims to spark conversations about congenital heart defects in newborn babies.
A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 3,000 babies born in Indiana during the month of February will receive reds hats courtesy of the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.
Heart association staff is delivering the tiny hats to more than 30 hospitals across the state this week. The hats were knitted or crocheted by more than 200 volunteers.
Doctors revise heart attack prevention guidelines
CHICAGO (AP) — Fish oil, vitamin D, novel drugs, new cholesterol guidelines: News from an American Heart Association conference over the weekend reveals a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems.
Dietary supplements missed the mark, but a prescription-strength fish oil showed promise. A drug not only helped people with diabetes control blood sugar and lose weight, but also lowered their risk of needing hospitalization for heart failure.
WASHINGTON (AP) — What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn't detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died — yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game.
At issue is cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. It is rare in young people, especially athletes thought to be at the peak of health.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state.
The organizations on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act on the proposal before adjourning for the year next week.
A growing number of local communities including New York City, Nassau County and Westchester County have already raised their smoking ages to 21.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor is receiving a $750,000 grant from the American Heart Association to study the effect of aging fat tissue on cardiovascular and metabolic conditions.
CHICAGO (AP) — Babies born across the Chicago area are donning red caps knit by volunteers to raise awareness of heart disease.
The Daily Herald reports the hats are part of the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The first thing Heidi Stewart did when she woke up in the cardiovascular intensive care unit was try to wiggle her fingers and toes. The 18-year-old high school senior had suffered sudden cardiac arrest. She feared that the rest of her life she would be confined to a hospital bed.
When she saw her fingers and toes move, Stewart knew she had defied the odds.
"I told myself I would never take my second shot at life for granted," Stewart said.
Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light.
In its first statement on the topic, the American Heart Association on Thursday said women should consider carefully the risks and benefits of any therapies that may hurt hearts. Not all treatments carry these risks, and there may be ways to minimize or avoid some.
CHICAGO (AP) — Residents across the Chicago area will be knitting and crocheting more than 20,000 tiny red hats for newborn babies to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A University of Louisville researcher will lead a summit on stem cell science at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association next month.
Dr. Roberto Bolli is chief of the university's division of Cardiovascular Medicine and director of UofL's Institute of Molecular Cardiology.
He was asked by the association to organize its stem cell research event this year in Anaheim, California.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Bicyclist Chris Figureida has an important message to share with young people, and he has pedaled more than 40,000 miles over the past 11 years to deliver it.
CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.
Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances — a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life or death.