Babies receive hats with heart through program
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.
Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease
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.
3,000 Indiana newborns to receive red hats in February
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
Heart meeting features fish oil, vitamin D, cholesterol news
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.
Health groups push to raise smoking age to 21
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.
For men under 50, the more cigarettes smoked, the higher the stroke risk
Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked — and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research.
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In an effort to elevate public awareness of the No. 1 killer of women and to raise funds for cardiovascular disease and stroke research, the American Heart Association will host its 14th annual Houston Go Red For Women Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
A Fairfield resident will led the organizational and recruitment efforts in the New Haven area for the 2018 Greater New Haven Heart Walk next month.
Jill Hummel was announced as chairwoman of the American Heart Association walk on Thursday. The walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5.
Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. at Savin Rock in West Haven.
Mixing celebration with information, and fast facts with inspiring stories, the American Heart Association is set to hosts its Permian Basin Go Red for Women Luncheon in Odessa this May.
The event is set for May 2 at Odessa Country Club. Donna Hartley is set to be featured as keynote speaker during the event, which will also feature a silent auction, a heart-healthy lunch and more involving the Go Red for Women campaign.
High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage
High blood pressure before conception may increase the risk of miscarriage for healthy young women with a history of lost pregnancies, according to a new study.
SPEARFISH — Nearly 300 students from West and Creekside elementary schools participated in Tuesday’s Jump Rope for Heart Jump-a-Thon.
The students raised more than $32,770 for the American Heart Association.
Three students were recognized at the event for raising the most in their schools.
Eva Geffre, a first-grader at West Elementary School raised $1,020. Second-grader Regan Brott, raised $1,014.
Mason Wilde, a fourth-grader from Creekside Elementary raised $445.
Your height may have affected your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for decades. In several cases they’ve found connections.
Randolph jumpers rocket to milestone: Jump Rope for Heart total reaches nearly $259,000
RANDOLPH — When it comes to reaching new heights, rope jumpers at Randolph Elementary School rocket (the school’s mascot) to the top.
A total of 128 children in kindergarten through grade six raised $13,440 with their 36th annual Jump Rope for Heart campaign. That brings the school’s grand total to $258,956.
In early February students began their fundraising efforts, and they logged time jumping during physical education classes for several weeks.
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TYNGSBORO -- Greater Lowell Technical High School recently hosted an educational event focusing on healthy living and heart health. Students collaborated with the American Heart Association to unite on National Wear Red Day.
If the person next to you were to go into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?
Ron Mullins has seen what can happen when a person who could help does not know what to do, properly provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation-known as CPR.
More than 400 high school girls and their mothers spent a recent Saturday morning helping others and learning how they could help themselves.
Bear Creek United Methodist Church hosted members of 11 National Charity League Chapters from the west and northwest Greater Houston area who made heart-shaped pillows for nonprofits and who participated in the Feb. 24 NCL, Inc. National Philanthropy Initiative through the NCL's recent alliance with the American Heart Association.
Mandy Poole, an Aiken resident and a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, spent Dec. 3, 2016 as a mommy-daughter shopping day; the day ended with Poole in cardiac arrest in her home.
In anticipation of the CSRA Heart Walk on Saturday, March 10, Poole wants to encourage everyone to learn CPR.
“You have no clue whose life you may end up saving one day with the knowledge you have of knowing CPR,” Poole said.
DeKALB – As part of Sodium Reduction Week from March 12 to 18, public health agencies around the state are teaming with the American Heart Association to launch the “Break Up with Salt” campaign.
The campaign will feature a number of social media activities throughout the week that are open to any Illinois resident, school, hospital or other organization.
Farmington Hills is offering a course next week aimed at teaching residents about performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator and first aid methods.
The Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission is partnering with the Farmington Hills Fire Department to offer an American Heart Association Heartsaver class from 5:30 to 10 p.m. March 15 in the upstairs training room at Fire Station #4, 28711 Drake Road.
Moms, daughters learn, volunteer together at National Charity League event
More than 400 high school girls and their mothers spent a recent Saturday morning helping others and learning how they could help themselves.
Bear Creek United Methodist Church hosted members of 11 National Charity League Chapters from the west and northwest Greater Houston area who made heart-shaped pillows for nonprofits and who participated in the Feb. 24 NCL, Inc. National Philanthropy Initiative through the group's recent alliance with the American Heart Association.
Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, led by the American Heart Association and sponsored locally by Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, presented hats to thousands of newborns across Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susequehanna Valley in February in observance of American Heart Month, to raise awareness of the importance of the early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States. Red baby caps were collected from local volunteers who...
Over the last few weeks, the American Heart Association has ramped up efforts to educate various communities about the dangers of heart disease.
Various events are held throughout cities and states to raise awareness about heart disease during February. Throughout the year, American Heart Association holds heart walks and luncheons to educate the community about heart health.
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(NAPSI)—Even serious cases of heart valve disease can occur without symptoms or go unnoticed or be mistaken for other conditions because symptoms develop slowly.
One Man's Story
Al Ridgely figured his increasing shortness of breath and lagging stamina were symptoms of his emphysema and getting older, until a fainting episode led doctors to discover he was one of the 2.5 percent of Americans with heart valve disease (HVD).
There was something comforting about witnessing some 800 folks assembled together, all dressed in red, supporting American Heart Association and its Go Red mission. The annual Go Red Luncheon, a movement to prevent heart disease and stroke, was held at Cobo Center this year.
Students jump rope to raise funds for heart charity
Elementary school level students at The John Cooper School jumped rope Friday to raise funds for the American Heart Association.
Physical education instructor Elaine Harris has been involved in the organization of Jump Rope for Heart for 23 years. She explained that leading up to the event, everything is done online, from registration to collecting donations, for the safety of the children and because it's most efficient.
(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.
A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first things you think of when looking at ways to support your body's most important muscle, but to really make your heart health initiatives as effective as possible, you need long-term solutions, not quick fixes.
Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Moses Taylor Hospital are partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) this month for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign. The program aims to raise awareness about congenital heart defects, which are structural problems with the heart present at birth. The American Heart Association put out a call to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts across Northeast Pennsylvania in December. Volunteers then knitted or crocheted small, red hats.
Newborns receiving red knit caps for American Heart Month
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.
Woman who suffered cardiac arrest aims to educate others
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.
‘Go Red’ for heart disease: Events planned in Florence area
FLORENCE, S.C. – What are you wearing Friday?
The American Heart Association suggests something red.
Friday is the association’s “Go Red for Women” Day in honor of women who suffer from heart disease. It’s part of American Heart Month.
Doctors warn of heart risk from some breast cancer therapies
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.
ALBANY — Revised guidelines released late last year concerning what defines high blood pressure may mean more people need to be treated aggressively at an earlier stage for diseases related to hypertension than previously thought.
BRIDGEPORT — All babies born at Bridgeport Hospital in February will get a swanky new accessory — a little red hat.
The American Heart Association is urging everyone to wear red on Friday to help shine a light on the number one killer of men and women — heart disease.
TEWKSBURY -- Abigail Downing, and her mother, Nicole, never knitted before Jan. 1.
But when they heard about a good cause to knit tiny red hats for newborns, they turned out 22 hats in 11 days.
Do you like to party? Do you like to raise money for a good cause? Those that answered yes can do both at the upcoming annual Heart Ball.
The American Heart Association (AHA) Montgomery County Heart Ball, themed "A Night at the Grand Prix: Rev Your Hearts," is a black-tie affair that raises funds to support local research on heart disease and stroke.
St. Clare Hospital has received national recognition for treating patients with heart failure.
The Baraboo health care center this month earned the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
There are a bunch of factors that can put someone at risk for heart disease — family history, smoking, etc. But, according to a study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, the winter holiday season also is considered a risk factor for cardiac and noncardiac death.
The 2017 Lincoln Go Red for Women event was jam-packed with individuals and companies who donated their time and treasure to creating a world without heart disease and stroke. But two attendees’ devotion to the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission shined brighter than the rest – Jill Duis, RN and Erin Starr, RN.
Has your once-acceptable blood pressure suddenly been recast as "high"?
If so, you're among 1 in 7 Americans who suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of an important dividing line, thanks to new blood pressure guidelines recently set by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology.
And if so, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor.
Before, a blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg was the threshold of "high." Now, that standard has been lowered to 130/80.
Chicago residents help raise awareness for heart defects
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.
The American Heart Association is seeking to train residents in northwest Harris County how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation through its Anytime CPR program.
The Tomball Regional Health Foundation gifted the association approximately $87,000 as part of a grant train 3,000 residents how to perform CPR in Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Hockley by May 2018.
Marilyn Kinyo, chief administrative officer of the foundation, said that training people and putting those skills to use can save lives.
Statins are one of the bestselling pharmaceuticals of all time.
If you’re not on medicine to lower your cholesterol yet, you might be soon. Recent new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs have raised many eyebrows. Based on these guidelines, the number of people in this country who are on statins would double from the almost 1 in 4 Americans older than 55 currently taking a statin drug!
American Heart Association seeks little hat donations
The American Heart Association is calling on knitting and crocheting enthusiasts across Connecticut to donate red knit or crocheted infant-sized hats to support the third-annual Little Hats, Big Hearts program.
Donated hats should be made with red cotton or acrylic yarns that are medium to heavy weight, as well as machine washable. Those wishing to donate can use their own patterns or free, simple hat patterns can be found at www.heart.org./littlehatsbighearts.