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American Heart Association and People’s Republic of China Ministry announce new relationship to save lives by training millions in CPR

Although death rates in the United States are declining, 38 million people die annually from noncommunicable diseases (NCD) globally, with cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) remaining the leading cause of death in the world. As part its commitment to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke around the world, the American [...]

State stroke legislation increases US primary stroke centers

Individual state stroke legislation plays a compelling role in certifying primary stroke centers and improving availability and accessibility of care to acute stroke patients, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. A hospital that has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center (PSC) has met specific standards for delivering prompt stroke care. [...]

Stroke education helps patients recognize stroke symptoms; encourages fast response

Intense education can help stroke survivors quickly recognize symptoms of a subsequent stroke and seek prompt treatment, according to a study in Stroke, Journal of the American Heart Association. Few stroke patients arrive at an emergency department within three hours of symptom onset. The U.S. FDA has approved the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or [...]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease

African Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but the burden is greater for African [...]

Bystander CPR helps cardiac arrest survivors return to work

In Denmark, more bystanders performing CPR contributed to more cardiac arrest survivors returning to work. More bystanders performing CPR contributed to more cardiac arrest survivors returning to work in a Danish study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. In the largest study to date to examine return to work after cardiac arrest, researchers [...]