Editorial Guidelines

Un grupo de escritores y editores profesionales son los encargados de la producción de historias para el sitio web de la American Heart Association. La información se obtiene mediante entrevistas con voluntarios de la American Heart Association que son médicos, otros profesionales de la salud o expertos, o se compila a partir de los datos reunidos por el personal de la organización. Todas las historias recibidas basadas en datos científicos y estadísticos son revisadas por el equipo de asesores científicos y médicos de la American Heart Association. Todo el contenido es revisado y publicado online por nuestro personal de la AHA.

Puesto que somos una organización basada en la ciencia, la revisión de todas las historias por parte de asesores científicos y médicos es un paso fundamental en toda la producción editorial. El personal interno gestiona una base de datos de revisión y asigna cada revisión a un asesor como mínimo.  Si no se aprueba, entra en un circuito de retroalimentación, lo que, en última instancia, requerirá una revisión adicional.

Estas historias se escriben como un servicio público como apoyo a la misión de la American Heart Association: Fomentar vidas más saludables sin enfermedades cardiovasculares ni derrames cerebrales. Esta información está diseñada para ayudar a las personas a mejorar su salud, obtener información sobre la prevención, entender los riesgos de las cardiopatías y los derrames cerebrales, y aprender acerca de situaciones clínicas específicas. Esta información debería ser un apoyo para la salud de los lectores y ayudarlos a enfrentarse con sus enfermedades, pero no puede sustituir el asesoramiento de un profesional de la salud cualificado que esté familiarizado con las necesidades médicas de esa persona. Lea la Política de ética de la American Heart Association.

La American Heart Association no efectúa cargos ni requiere suscripciones para el acceso público a estas historias de su sitio web, y la organización no acepta ninguna forma de anuncios en su sitio web. El contenido de la sección Condiciones de nuestro sitio web está disponible para la concesión de licencias y redifusión para su sitio web. La American Heart Association mantiene relaciones con patrocinadores de sus activos digitales para respaldar su misión.

El público objetivo del contenido del sitio web heart.org es el público y las personas que buscan información sobre diversas enfermedades cardiovasculares, sus familiares, amigos y otras personas de sus vidas que consideren esta información útil. Las enfermedades cardiovasculares tratadas en esta sección del sitio web son la arritmia, el paro cardíaco, el colesterol, los defectos cardíacos congénitos, la diabetes, el ataque al corazón, la insuficiencia cardíaca, la hipertensión arterial, el síndrome metabólico, la enfermedad arterial periférica y el derrame cerebral. También ofrecemos información preventiva en la sección Vida saludable de nuestro sitio web, como alimentos saludables, recetas, control del peso, manejo del estrés, actividad física, salud en el lugar de trabajo y dejar de fumar.

La American Heart Association está comprometida con la prevención de las cardiopatías y los derrames cerebrales, las dos causas principales de muerte en Estados Unidos. Colaboramos con millones de voluntarios para financiar la investigación innovadora, luchar por una política de salud pública más fuerte y proporcionar herramientas e información que salven vidas para evitar y tratar estas enfermedades. La asociación tiene su sede en Dallas y es la organización formada por voluntarios más grande y antigua del país dedicada a luchar contra las cardiopatías y los derrames cerebrales. Para obtener más información o implicarse en la causa, llame al 1-800-AHA-USA1, visite heart.org, haga una donación o llame a cualquiera de nuestras oficinas situadas en todo el país.

Our Staff

John McFarland, Vice President of News, Content and Editorial, has overseen editorial processes at the American Heart Association since 2010 and American Heart Association News since 2013. Previously, he was an editor and reporter at The Associated Press and an editor at The Dallas Morning News. He holds a journalism degree from the University of North Texas.

AHA News Staff

Contact at editor@heart.org.

Melissa Weber, News Editor, joined the American Heart Association News staff in 2014. She is a nationally award-winning health and science journalist who previously served as managing editor of CURE, the nation's largest consumer magazine for people with cancer. She is also a former contributor to Cancer Today magazine, LIVESTRONG Quarterly and the American Cancer Society. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism.

Lucy Soto, Assistant News Editor, joined American Heart Association News in 2015. Before then, her journalism career spanned 25 years, as a freelance writer and a decade as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, covering everything from sprawl and state government to writing a weekly investigative column. She began her career at The Associated Press and earned a journalism degree from The University of South Carolina.

Jaime Aron, Senior Writer and Editor, has been part of American Heart Association News since its launch in 2013. He previously spent 20 years with The Associated Press, the last 13 as Texas Sports Editor. He's the author or co-author of seven books. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Merschel, Staff Writer, joined American Heart Association News in 2019. Previously, he worked for The Dallas Morning News, where he edited the Healthy Living section, books coverage and more. He won the Texas Institute of Letters' award for best middle-grade book and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.

Kayla Jackson, Production Editor, joined the American Heart Association News staff in 2019. She previously trained biomedical scientists in professional development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman's University.

AHA Editorial Staff

Contact at editorial@heart.org.

Dina Rogers, Senior Editorial and Content Manager, leads the AHA's editorial team. Before joining the AHA in 2007, Rogers was employee communications and publications manager for Horizon Health, and managing editor at M. Lee Smith Publishers. Rogers graduated with a bachelor's degree in writing, literature & publishing from Emerson College in Boston.

Roger Campbell, Senior Editor and Writer, has worked for the AHA since 1990. Previously, he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Associated Press. Campbell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and holds a master's degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Gloria Catha, Senior Content and Editorial Manager, develops patient content and custom content. Since joining the American Heart Association in 1996, she has spent most of her career managing patient education and consumer health content development for magazines, brochures and websites. She holds a business degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Karen Patterson, Writer and Editor, has covered medical science and health care for The Dallas Morning News, NurseWeek, and CURE and Heal magazines. Previously, she focused on cancer research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University.

Deborah Puccio, Senior Editor and Content Manager, manages healthy living content, including cookbooks. Before joining the AHA in 2004, she was a director for a publishing company providing editorial services to leading educational book publishers. She also was an editor for the elementary textbook imprint of Simon & Schuster. Puccio holds a journalism degree and political science degree from Rutgers University.

Science and Medicine Advisers

Radhika Rajgopal Singh, Ph.D., Vice President, Science, Medicine and Health and Professional Membership, oversees science and medicine review at the American Heart Association. She joined the AHA in 2017. She has over two decades of experience in strategic planning, operations and performance management with diverse academic, public and nonprofit organizations, including Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.

Anne Leonard, M.P.H, R.N., CCRC, FAHA, Senior Science and Medicine Advisor, joined the AHA in 2007. Previously, she spent 25 years as a neuroscience research nurse at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She earned her bachelor's degree from UT Health Science Center-San Antonio, and her master's from the UT Houston School of Public Health.

Paul St. Laurent, D.N.P., R.N., Senior Science and Medicine Advisor, joined the AHA in 2016. He has over 25 years of experience as an advanced practice nurse in clinical cardiovascular care. He has a doctorate of nursing practice degree from Chatham University as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana.

Sally S. Wong, Ph.D., R.D., CDN, FAHA, Senior Science and Medicine Advisor, joined the AHA in 2013 after a decade as clinical nutrition manager at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She also was a public health officer for the Nutrition and Dietetics Board in New York and provided nutrition consultation for the state's Office of Minority Health. She earned her nutrition master's and doctorate degrees from New York University.

Cammie Marti, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., Science and Medicine Advisor, joined the AHA in 2014. She has worked more than 20 years in public health. She has served as a state and national expert for health systems preparedness and emerging infectious diseases, including SARS, H1N1 and COVID-19. Her Ph.D. is in policy, with a focus on wellness and obesity prevention.

Prashant Nedungadi, B.Pharm, Ph.D., Director of AHA Stroke Guidelines, joined AHA in 2015. He has more than 15 years of academic research experience and has authored several peer-reviewed publications. He is a pharmacist and holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology/neuroscience. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as research/teaching faculty at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Johanna A. Sharp, M.S.N., R.N., Science and Medicine Advisor, joined AHA in 2018. She has over 25 years of experience in acute care nursing in specialties from neonatal to adult ICU, stroke, and clinical research. She earned undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University and Baylor University with a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Katherine A. Sheehan, Ph.D., Science and Medicine Advisor, joined AHA in 2014. Her Ph.D. is in cell and molecular physiology. She has over 20 years of experience in basic cardiovascular research focused on the molecular mechanisms that regulate cellular level contractility of the heart. She has published peer-reviewed research papers and taught undergraduate courses.

Barbara Entl, M.D., Science and Medicine Advisor. Before joining the AHA in 2020 she worked as a primary care physician, epidemiologist and tribal health policy analyst. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine.

Advisers for Science and Health Advancement

Comilla Sasson, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President for Science & Innovation for Emergency Cardiovascular Care, oversees science and medicine review at the American Heart Association. She also works in a Colorado emergency department and maintains appointments in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine and as the Special Advisor to the Medical Advisory Panel for the Veterans Health Administration.

Amber Hoover, R.N., M.S.N., Advisor for Science and Health Advancement, joined AHA in 2016 and moved to the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Team in 2019. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in emergency, trauma, cardiac cath lab and quality nursing with a strong focus on process improvement and cardiac systems of care.

Becky Lehotzky, Ph.D., Advisor for Science and Health Advancement, first joined the AHA in 2013. She has more than 10 years of experience in medical writing and consulting on topics such as cardiovascular health and disease, oncology and basic science. She earned her doctoral degree in biological chemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Melissa Mahgoub, Ph.D., Advisor for Science and Health Advancement, joined the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Team in 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and has over 10 years of experience in academia as a preclinical researcher and scientific writer. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and served as a scientific mentor to graduate students at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Amber Rodriguez, Ph.D., Advisor for Science and Health Advancement, joined the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Team in 2014. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin, and her postdoctoral work was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.

Contributing Writers and Editors

Genaro C. Armas; Leslie Barker; Deborah Lynn Blumberg; Jerry Bokamper; Thor Christensen; Diane Daniel; Mary Dunklin; Maria Elena Fernandez; Tate Gunnerson; Karina Ioffee; Stefani Kopenec; Suzanne Marta; Casey Miller; Michael Precker; Will Pry; Norma Pace Sanchez; Kelley J. Shannon; Kevin Swisher; Mati Vargas-Gibson; Laura Williamson