The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. Originally formed in New York City in 1915 as the Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease, it is currently headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency. They are known for publishing standards on basic life support and advanced cardiac life support , and in 2014 issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They are known also for operating a number of highly visible public service campaigns starting in the 1970s, and also operate a number of fundraising events. In 1994, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, an industry publication, released a study that showed the American Heart Association was ranked as the 5th "most popular charity/non-profit in America." Elliott Antman, M.D., is president of the American Heart Association for its 2014-15 fiscal year. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 23, 2017
MAYWOOD, IL - Intensive treatment to lower systolic (top number) blood pressure to below 120 would prevent 107,500 deaths per year in the United States, according to a study by researchers at Loyola University Chicago and other centers. Two thirds of the lives saved would be men and two thirds would be aged 75 or older, according to the study, published in the journal Circulation. Senior author of the study is Richard S. Cooper, MD, chair of Loyola's Department of Public Health Sciences. First author is Adam P. Bress, PharmD, MS, of the University of Utah. Current guidelines recommend keeping systolic blood pressure below 140 mm Hg. When the treatment goal was lowered to a maximum of 120 mmHG, there was a major reduction in mortality, the study found. To determine whether intensive treatment to lower systolic blood pressure could alter mortality, researchers applied findings from a multicenter study called SPRINT to the U.S. adult population. (SPRINT stands for Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial.) Loyola University Medical Center was among the centers that enrolled patients in the SPRINT trial, which included more than 9,350 adults ages 50 and older who had high blood pressure and were at high risk for cardiovascular disease. The SPRINT trial found there was a 27 percent reduction in mortality from all causes when systolic blood pressure was lowered to below 120 mm Hg, compared to the standard treatment of lowering blood pressure to below 140 mm Hg. While saving lives, an intensive blood pressure regimen also would cause serious side effects. The new study in Circulation estimated that approximately 56,100 more episodes of low blood pressure, 34,400 more episodes of fainting and 43,400 additional electrolyte disorders would occur annually with implementation of intensive systolic blood pressure lowering in U.S. adults who meet SPRINT criteria. Most of these effects do not have lasting consequences and are reversible by lowering blood pressure medications. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. An estimated 1 in 3 people in the United States has high blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. The bottom number, diastolic, refers to the pressure between beats. In the SPRINT study, patients who were treated to achieve a standard target of less than 140 mm Hg received an average of two different blood pressure medications. The group intensively treated to achieve a target of less than 120 mm Hg received an average of three medications. (The study excluded certain patients, including diabetics and smokers.) Using data from the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers determined that more than 18.1 million American adults met the criteria of patients enrolled in the SPRINT trial. Researchers estimated that, among these 18.1 million adults, fully implementing an intensive regimen to lower systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg would prevent 107,500 deaths per year. The study is titled, "Potential Deaths Averted and Serious Adverse Events Incurred from Adoption of the SPRINT Intensive Blood Pressure Regimen in the U.S.: Projections from NHANES." In addition to Dr. Cooper, other Loyola co-authors are Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, Rasha Khatib, PhD, Vinod K. Bansal, MD, Guichan Cao, MS, and Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD. Other co-authors are from Henry Ford Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Findings from the study initially were presented at the American Heart Association's Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.
News Article | March 2, 2017
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jack B. Jewett will retire as Flinn Foundation president and CEO at the end of September, concluding more than eight years of service in which the foundation expanded and enhanced its program areas to better serve Arizona. Russell Reynolds Associates, an international executive search firm, has been hired by the foundation to conduct a national search to replace Jewett. The new CEO is expected to be named this summer. Jewett was hired in 2009 as the second CEO in the history of the Phoenix-based private, nonprofit grantmaking organization after a long career as an Arizona leader in health care, education and public policy, with extensive community involvement. He had previously served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 1998-2006, including a term as president; served five terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, from 1983-1992; held senior public policy and government relations positions with Tucson Medical Center for 13 years; and was president of Territorial Newspapers, a family-owned publishing and printing company in Tucson. As CEO, Jewett saw the need for a new initiative to cultivate civic leadership at a statewide level to assure a strong future for Arizona. The nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and its flagship Flinn-Brown Academy, established in 2010, was the philanthropic response to this need. Today, the Flinn-Brown Network of current and future state-level leaders from all walks of life is 260 members strong. This program joined the foundation’s continued dedication to supporting the biosciences, arts and culture, and the Flinn Scholars Program, a merit-based scholarship awarded to Arizona’s top high-school seniors to attend one of Arizona’s public universities. The biosciences have remained the preeminent target of the foundation’s grantmaking. Under Jewett’s leadership, the foundation started a Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program to benefit promising Arizona startup firms, updated Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap to continue the long-term strategic plan, launched a new direction in arts giving focused on bringing financial stability to organizations, celebrated the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and enhanced the Scholars Program by offering professional internships to Scholars at leading Arizona businesses and organizations. “Jack has provided tremendous leadership to the foundation and to Arizona over many years,” said Dr. David J. Gullen, chair of the Flinn Foundation board of directors. “Flinn’s new initiatives during his tenure have complemented and strengthened the foundation’s longtime goals and programs.” Jewett was hired in the midst of a deep recession, when the foundation’s endowment, as was the case throughout the philanthropic sector, was suffering. The foundation never canceled or reduced grant awards, or reduced staff, and the endowment has recovered to more than $200 million. Carefully targeted recent grants have supported major collaborative initiatives led by organizations such as Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Critical Path Institute and Translational Genomics Research Institute, as well as the state’s three public universities and a number of Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations. “Today, the Flinn Foundation is in excellent condition financially and programmatically, and opportunities abound for the foundation to play its proven pivotal roles of catalyzing, convening and grantmaking, and have a substantial impact on Arizona under the leadership of the next president and CEO,” Jewett said. The Flinn Foundation was established in 1965 by Dr. Robert Flinn and his wife, Irene, to improve the quality of life in Arizona. Robert Flinn, a leading cardiologist, headed the departments of cardiology and electrocardiography at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. He was chief of the medical staff at St. Joseph’s and at Phoenix Memorial Hospital, president of both state and county medical societies, and co-founder and first president of the Arizona affiliate of the American Heart Association. Irene Flinn was a woman of considerable wealth and generous philanthropy. Dr. Flinn died in 1984 at age 87; Mrs. Flinn in 1978 at age 78.
News Article | February 16, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Time Inc. launched Time Health™, a new multimedia brand that builds on Time Inc.’s trusted health and wellness journalism, practical information and actionable advice. The Time brand is already a leader in health journalism, with some of its most successful issues covering health and a large special interest health publication series sold at newsstands. The American Heart Association is an advertiser for Time Health’s new cardiovascular section on Time.com. Time Health expands Time Inc.’s editorial expertise and breadth in health and wellness content, creating a cohesive and comprehensive experience that covers everything from health information and condition-specific food recipes to healthy lifestyle management strategies. It draws on the full portfolio of Time Inc.’s brands, including Time, Health, Fortune, Cooking Light, Real Simple, My Recipes, Southern Living and People. Time Inc. has the ability to reach a targeted audience that seeks health information with intent and purpose. “Time Inc. is a trusted voice of the human story, and there is no human experience more personal than your health and the health of those you care about,” said Alan Murray, Time Inc. Chief Content Officer. “Time Health will allow us to leverage the full scale of Time Inc. to provide authoritative coverage of this critical area to all our audiences. We are delighted to have the American Heart Association as an advertiser for this initiative.” Time Health will introduce products and partnerships that are expected to allow patients, caregivers and health-minded consumers to expand their health knowledge through cutting-edge video content, including virtual reality and personalized user experiences, and rich data insights. Recognizing the importance of engaging with patients in physician offices, Time Health will also introduce point-of-care magazines to bring the company's trusted voice into waiting rooms that see over 900 million patient visits annually when people are discussing critical health topics with their clinicians. Time Health also expects to build close partnerships with healthcare leaders. Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multimedia landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc. has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform; The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio; and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The company is also home to celebrated events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
News Article | February 19, 2017
OPELIKA, AL, February 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- February is National Heart Month and local business, CarePoint Resources, is providing the public with an opportunity to receive life-saving CPR training at no charge. "The importance of having trained citizens in the community cannot be emphasized enough," says Randy Boone, CEO of CarePoint Resources, LLC. "In the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the chance of survival when EMS personnel are the first to provide treatment is only about 10%. If, however, bystanders provide CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock the heart within four minutes, the rate of survival can reach over 85%." The free, non-certified, training will be offered Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm, and will be held at Collaboration Station in downtown Opelika. Those who attend will learn bystander CPR for adults, how to use an AED and how to relieve a choking victim. Participants will also learn how to recognize and respond to a heart attack. The class will consist of discussion and hands-on practice. Those interested in receiving the training are encouraged to reserve their seat by visiting http://www.carepointresources.com or by calling CarePoint at (877) 242-2527. According to the American Heart Association, every year in the U.S., more than 300,000 Americans experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest. CarePoint reminds the public that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone at any time. SCA occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating effectively. Many victims appear healthy with no known risk factors. The only effective treatment for SCA is immediate bystander CPR and use of an AED. CarePoint Resources, LLC is on mission to increase the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the the home, workplace and community. Started in 2007, CarePoint Resources offers quality emergency response training and equipment nationwide. The professional staff of American Heart Association Instructors at CarePoint CPR + AED promote competency and confidence through top-tier emergency response training. CarePoint's AED sales division, Fenix AED, works to ensure emergency readiness and compliance by offering the most trusted AED brands available in the U.S. in addition to AED program management services to businesses, organizations and individuals.
News Article | February 28, 2017
CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A majority of Illinois voters support a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks to help address the state's budget deficit, according to a poll released today by the American Heart Association (AHA). The results show a resounding 56 percent o...
News Article | February 25, 2017
Many ischemic stroke patients do not get tPA, which can decrease their chances for recovery. Blacks, Hispanics, women and 'Stroke Belters' are less likely to get tPA. Patients treated in large, urban hospitals, stroke-certified hospitals and hospitals participating in the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® -- Stroke program are more likely to get tPA. Patients with private insurance were more likely to receive tPA than those with Medicare.
News Article | February 22, 2017
HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2017 - Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2017. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of long-term disability. Studies estimate that up to 85 percent of people who suffer a stroke will have cognitive impairments, including deficits in executive function, attention and working memory. Because there are no drugs to improve cognitive function, physical activity - such as physical therapy, aerobic and strength training - has become a low-cost intervention to treat cognitive deficits in stroke survivors. In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers analyzed the effects of various types of physical activity on cognitive function among stroke survivors. They found that structured physical activity training significantly improved cognitive deficits regardless of the length of the rehabilitation program (i.e., training longer than 3 months as well as from 1 to 3 months led to improvements in cognitive performance). The researchers also found that cognitive abilities can be enhanced even when physical activity is introduced in the chronic stroke phase (beyond 3 months after a stroke). "Physical activity is extremely helpful for stroke survivors for a number of reasons, and our findings suggest that this may also be a good strategy to promote cognitive recovery after stroke" said lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. "We found that a program as short as twelve weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvement in their cognition with an exercise intervention." The researchers analyzed general cognitive improvement, as well as improvement specific to areas of higher order cognition: executive function, attention and working memory. Exercise led to selective improvements on measures of attention and processing speed. The researchers also examined if cognitive improvements depended on the type of physical activity patients engaged in. Previous studies on healthy aging and dementia populations have found that aerobic exercise by itself is enough to improve cognition, but the effects are increased when combined with an activity such as strength training. Consistent with this work, the authors found that combined strength and aerobic training programs yielded the largest cognitive gains. "Integrating aerobic training into rehabilitation is very important, and for patients with mobility limitations, exercise can be modified so they can still experience increases in their fitness levels," Oberlin said. "This has substantial effects on quality of life and functional improvement, and I think it's really important to integrate this into rehabilitative care and primary practice." Author disclosures are on the abstract. Statements and conclusions of study authors that are presented at American Heart Association scientific meetings are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect association policy or position. The association makes no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at http://www. .
News Article | February 15, 2017
Vista College was one of the top 20 fundraising companies for the 2016 Dallas Heart Walk – American Heart Association’s annual premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. In 2016, over 400 Vista College staff and families participated, raising $62,200 – a 65 percent increase in the amount the company raised in 2015. Vista raised $25,200 more in 2016 and $16,600 more than the college’s overall goal. “It is an honor to be ranked as #19 of all Dallas company participants with our fundraising totals,” said Jim Tolbert, CEO, Vista College. “This is incredible given our size compared to all corporations in Dallas. This year, our company has moved up six spots from our ranking last year by increasing our participation numbers and raising a significant amount of additional funds. I couldn’t be more proud of all of our campuses and their involvement, which demonstrates the dedication of our employees toward such a worthy cause.” Vista’s Heart Walk campus participants included all seven of its Texas campuses, located in Amarillo, Beaumont, College Station, El Paso, Killeen, Longview and Lubbock, as well as its Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, campuses. Additionally, it includes Vista’s online division at the Richardson headquarters. Vista College first became involved in Heart Walk in 2014 with the support of all of its on-ground campuses operating at that time, as well as its Richardson headquarters. “The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is Vista College’s primary way of giving back to our community,” added Tolbert. “We look forward to this event each year with the hope of not only raising much needed funds for the American Heart Association, but also increasing awareness of ways we can prevent heart disease and strokes. Simply teaching others the importance of eating right and exercising within our communities goes a long way in the fight to reverse these two leading causes of death.” Vista College is a network of private, post-secondary career colleges offering a variety of training programs. These include healthcare, business, cosmetology, legal, technology and trades. Vista College offers online programs and has seven on-ground campuses in Texas (Amarillo, Beaumont, College Station, El Paso, Killeen, Longview and Lubbock), and campuses in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Vista College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350. Call (770) 396-3839. Vista College also has a separate Online campus accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Consumer information may be viewed at http://www.vistacollege.edu.
News Article | February 16, 2017
BEDMINSTER, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2017) - Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the promotion of Carolyn Larke to Senior Managing Director, Senior Trust Officer, Private Wealth Management at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2011, she is part of an experienced wealth management team responsible for the administration of private foundations, retirement accounts, estates and trusts. Ms. Larke began her career managing the trust and estate Tax and Administration areas as a Senior Legal Assistant and Senior Fiduciary Accountant at several New York law firms. She then moved to the Philanthropic Advisory Services area at U.S. Trust Company, also in New York, to start this newly-formed department. As Senior Philanthropic Officer, Carolyn guided individual clients through the compliance and administration issues of charitable trusts and foundations. Leaving New York behind after 25 years, Carolyn joined Beacon Trust Company in Morristown, New Jersey, as a Senior Trust Officer. Carolyn received her BA in economics and paralegal degree, specializing in estates and trusts, from New York University. She is an enrolled agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service since 1986 and is a Certified Financial Planner®. A resident of Oradell, New Jersey, Ms. Larke has served on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association Advisory Board and has volunteered for the AARP Foundation Tax Counseling for the Elderly program in Bergen County. Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a New Jersey bank holding company with total assets of $3.88 billion as of December 31, 2016. Founded in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a commercial bank that provides innovative private banking services to businesses, real estate professionals, non-profits and consumers, which help them to establish, maintain and expand their legacy. Through its private banking locations in Bedminster, Morristown, Princeton and Teaneck, its private wealth management, commercial private banking, retail private banking and residential lending divisions, along with its online platforms, Peapack-Gladstone Bank offers an unparalleled commitment to client service.
News Article | February 22, 2017
HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2017 -People who have heart disease risks in middle age - such as diabetes, high blood pressure or smoking - are at higher risk for dementia later in life, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2017. "The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to the health of your brain when you are older," said Rebecca F. Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., lead researcher and associate professor of neurology and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In an ongoing study that began in 1987 and enrolled 15,744 people in four U.S. communities, the risk of dementia increased as people got older. That was no surprise, but heart disease risks detected at the start of the study, when participants were between 45-64 years of age, also had a significant impact on later dementia, researchers noted. Dementia developed in 1,516 people during the study, and the researchers found that the risk of dementia later in life was: "Diabetes raises the risk almost as much as the most important known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease," Gottesman said. Overall, the risk of dementia was 11 percent lower in women. The risk was highest in individuals who were black, had less than a high school education, were older, carried the gene known to increase Alzheimer's risk, or had high blood pressure, diabetes or were current smokers at the time of initial evaluation. Smoking and carrying the gene known to increase the chance of Alzheimer's were stronger risk factors in whites than in blacks, the researchers noted. "If you knew you carried the gene increasing Alzheimer's risk, you would know you were predisposed to dementia, but people don't necessarily think of heart disease risks in the same way. If you want to protect your brain as you get older, stop smoking, watch your weight, and go to the doctor so diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected and treated," said Gottesman. Because Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities is an observational study, the current study could not test whether treating heart risk factors will result in a lessened dementia risk later in life. "The benefit is that this is a long-term study and we know a lot about these people. Data like these may supplement data from clinical trials that look at the impact of treatment for heart disease risks," Gottesman said. Author disclosures are on the abstract. The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Statements and conclusions of study authors that are presented at American Heart Association scientific meetings are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect association policy or position. The association makes no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at http://www. .