Washington, D.C., November 25, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Food and Drug Administration’s two final rules requiring restaurants, vending machines, movie theaters and grocery stores to display calorie information.
Study Highlights: Collaboration between paramedics and hospitals in treating heart attack patients resulted in shorter emergency department wait times. These were associated with better survival. Heart attack patients were at higher risk of death the longer they had to wait for treatment. The findings come from a demonstration project implemented in 16 U. S. metropolitan areas.
Tip Headlines: New leadless pacemaker safe, reliable; More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant; Unhealthy behavior may be cross-generational.
Study Highlight: A 3-dimensional printed model of the heart, combined with standard medical images, may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders.
Study Highlights: Survival is predicted to be higher for pediatric heart transplant candidates when the first suitable donor offer is accepted— even if they have antibodies that may lead to organ rejection. Costs of care are lower for children who don’t wait for an antibody-matched heart. Researchers say the decision to perform a heart transplant should not depend solely upon the patient’s antibodies.