Chicago, Illinois - Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival -  even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart - than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Chicago, Illinois - Using a smart phone app for education and feedback about heart-healthy behavior may decrease the risk for heart and blood vessel disease among young black women, researchers said in a pilot feasibility study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Chicago, Illinois - Men who have asymptomatic subclinical vascular disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who don’t have early stage vascular disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Chicago, Illinois - Adding another type of cholesterol-lowering drug to statin therapy can better prevent heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a large, long-term study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

San Diego, California - Hispanic women who have five or more successful births may have a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with no or fewer births, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Chicago, Illinois - The American Heart Association awarded its Basic Research Prize for 2014 to Ande Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic “for pioneering applications of emerging technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disorders.”Terzic received the prize during opening ceremonies of the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.