The latest COVID-19 news, information, experts and multimedia resources
from the American Heart Association

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COVID-19 is prompting widespread questions and concerns about the heightened risk for those with heart disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is responding to consumer questions through our websites, support networks, social media and other channels with the help of our volunteer medical and scientific research experts on the front line of this pandemic.


Expert interviews and Video and Podcast Series:


The American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge launched Kick Cabin Fever to the Curb.

It's a free 10-day challenge that helps families focus on staying healthy through four key areas - physical activity, community skills, personal growth and ways to bring the family together. By keeping kids active while schools are closed it can help reduce the stress and anxiety of being away from friends and routine. Heart.org/kickcabinfever

Audio News Release (mp3) ANR Script (doc)

copyright American Heart Association April 24, 2020


AHA expert interviews on COVID-19 topics - select clips below on calling 9-1-1, heart disease, stroke, disparities etc.

American Heart Association volunteer medical expert, Ileana Piña, MD, MPH, discusses COVID-19 and heart failure, women, sheltering in place ans more. She is professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and serves as an adviser/consultant to the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Division of Epidemiology. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.

Regina Benjamin, M.D., MBA, the 18th Surgeon General of the United States and member of AHA's Board of Directors, discusses COVID-19 and how it may be affecting blacks, U.S. Hispanics and rural populations at disproportionately higher rates. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.

Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC, AHA's immediate past president and Director, Cardiovascular Center, professor, medicine, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, and surgery, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses how the coronavirus may be disproportionately affecting people of color in some communities, including his hometown of Milwaukee. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.

Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., American Heart Association president-elect, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the American Stroke Association — a division of the American Heart Association, and professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York, responds to questions from stroke survivors about COVID-19 on April 1, 2020. Some of the responses could apply to anyone with heart and stroke disease risk factors and survivors. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.


Comilla Sasson, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, FACEP is the American Heart Association VP of Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science and Innovation and an Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver where she is a practicing ER physician. In April, she joined others on the front lines in New York City fighting COVID-19. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.

Michael Kurz, M.D., associate professor of the departments of emergency medicine and surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, offers his experiences on the front lines treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.

Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA, AHA's Chief Science and Medical Officer and Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention offer insight and answers to questions about COVID-19 and CVD via Zoom. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.


Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, AHA's Chief Medical Officer for Prevention on some of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.


Healthy Living Tips (staying active, healthy eating, emotional wellness, lowering stress):

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Enjoy the benefits of taking a walk.

Move More Tips

Grapes and apples

Eat more color for healthy snacking.

Healthy Eating Tips

Stress

Take action to control stress this week.

Stress Relieving Tips

Coronavirus news on social media stressing you out?

Tips on anxiety relief.


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Heart and Brain Graphics and illustrations.

Medical Illustrations

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AHA Heart and Brain Animations.

Medical Animations

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Keeping risk factors in check.

AHA Image Library



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