(efks via DepositPhoto) During his 11-year NBA career, Harvey Catchings shared the court with legends. With the Philadelphia 76ers, he suited up with All-Star Caldwell Jones and slam-dunked Darryl Dawkins. Later, he played against Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Catchings, 67, is the only one of the four still alive. “Sometimes I think about that….

Carolyn Jackson won the American Heart Association’s 2019 Award of Meritorious Achievement. (Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company) As chair of the 59th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball last year, Carolyn Jackson didn’t sit idle. Instead, the marketing maven went into overdrive, transforming the event into an educational, inspirational yearlong campaign. By the end of 2018,…

Three-time heart attack survivor Bernie Dennis will receive the 2019 American Heart Association Gold Heart Award. (Photo by Tim Sharp for AHA) Bernard “Bernie” Dennis considers the heart attacks that nearly killed him more than two decades ago a “blessing, not a bad thing.” That seems a strange stance, but not when you consider his…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc, Getty Images) Contradicting previous research, a large new study says veterans who had post-traumatic stress disorder or depression were more likely to use cardiac rehabilitation services than those who didn’t. The finding means mental health disorders might not be barriers to preventive cardiovascular efforts, said Nirupama Krishnamurthi, the study’s lead author…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki, Getty Images) A potentially fatal buildup of abnormal proteins in the heart and other organs is being delayed in its diagnosis and undertreated – despite new drugs that can combat it, a new study suggests. Although the condition, known as transthyretin amyloidosis, is still perceived as rare, advances in imaging techniques have led…

(7activestudio, Getty Images) Artificial molecules that target artery-obstructing cells while allowing others to heal could lead to new treatments for people who receive stents, a study has found. Stents – small, wire mesh tubes – are inserted to prop open blocked arteries in people at risk of heart attack or stroke. Some stents are coated…

Dr. Hector Ventura, winner of the 2019 Ron Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award. (Photo courtesy of Hector Ventura) Dr. Hector O. Ventura is such a regular volunteer that when former American Heart Association president Dr. John Warner wrote him to request a call recently, the email said, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you for…

Jim Weyhenmeyer, recipient of the American Heart Association’s Morgan Stark Memorial Award. (Photo courtesy of Jim Weyhenmeyer) Jim Weyhenmeyer was once a young researcher who applied for a grant. The American Heart Association awarded him one. That was before he was known as a financial wizard, before he was helping steer money into lifesaving technologies…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Arsenic, a toxic substance that can enter the body through water and food, may thicken the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber, a new study shows. That damage can eventually lead to heart failure. “This is the first U.S. study to measure heart function as related to arsenic…

(Martin Diebel, Getty Images) Prolonged exposure to low-dose radiation – like the type emitted by X-ray machines and CT scanners – can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, a key contributor to heart disease and stroke, a new study has found. Researchers examined the health records of more than 22,300 workers at the…