(drbueller/E+, Getty Images) Transplants from donors with hepatitis C may be a safe option for those awaiting new hearts – a major development in curbing the nationwide organ shortage, according to new research. Patients who received heart transplants from donors who had hepatitis C saw similar outcomes a year after surgery as those whose donors…

Brian Keith (right) celebrates his son Jahari’s first football championship. (Photo courtesy of LaKeisha Barron-Brown) When Brian Keith discovered that his 4-year-old son Jahari got part of his rock collection stuck in his right ear, he responded with his usual calm. When his car ran out of gas near the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C….

Dan Reeves on the sideline with former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway. (Owen C. Shaw, Getty Images) You’re not likely to find any studies linking heart disease and NFL coaches – just a long list of familiar names. Among them: Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears, who had heart attacks in 1988 and 2018. Bill…

(SciePro/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) After a heart failure diagnosis, people who are HIV-positive are more likely to be hospitalized or die of any cause than those not infected with HIV, new research shows. The study is the largest to date to look at how HIV status affects people diagnosed with heart failure, a chronic…

(GIPhotoStock/Cultura, Getty Images) Men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to be diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, according to a new study. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an irregular or quivering heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure. The condition affects up to 6.1 million people in the United States. Past…

(Andrew Brookes/Cultura, Getty Images) Bacteria in the saliva of people with clogged arteries appears to be different from that of healthy people, according to a small study. The finding which could open the door for new strategies to fight heart disease. The preliminary research, presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, comes…

AHA President Dr. Robert Harrington discusses the importance of using scientific evidence to guide medicine in an address Sunday at Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. (AHA/Phil McCarten) PHILADELPHIA – American Heart Association president Dr. Robert Harrington used his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions to spotlight the two pillars of his career: clinical trials and supporting the…

Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, also served on the American Heart Association’s board of directors. (American Heart Association) PHILADELPHIA – Bernard J. Tyson, a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association who helped shape the organization as a member of its board of directors and co-founder of the CEO Roundtable, was…

(Jan-Stefan Knick/EyeEm, Getty Images) Quitting smoking leads to major changes in intestinal bacteria, according to new research. But just what the changes mean will need further investigation. The small pilot study, to be presented Monday during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, comes in the wake of past research showing a link between…

(YinYang/E+, Getty Images) Experiencing a heart attack may be so terrifying that it triggers post-traumatic stress disorder, and those who develop PTSD have twice the risk of having a second heart attack. That’s according to new research that suggests this may be because PTSD keeps them from taking their cardiovascular medication. Researchers electronically monitored medication…