At the American Heart Association, everything we do is based on science. Simply put, we examine the evidence that comes from scientific studies and use it to provide advice to help people get healthier and prevent heart disease and stroke. That’s why I was so alarmed by the many inaccuracies and misrepresentations of scientific facts…

Faster than a speeding blender. Able to lower blood pressure with a single smoothie. Look! Up in the farmers market. It’s kale. It’s beetroot. It’s superfood! Not exactly. The news has been filled recently with so-called blood-pressure-lowering miracle foods, including: tomato sauce, tuna and tequila. Some of these foods have been shown in studies to lower…

Vandna Mittal had a stroke when she was only 15 Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif. When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to class, she dismissed it. “Who would think it was anything?” she recalled. “Just a headache –…

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker. Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt the left side of her…

Play without Auto-Play Play Video Text It was the time of year when many people indulge with abandon. Attorney Jan Thomas resisted, though. On this Dec. 28, she was remaining fit by spending her lunch break in her office gym, just as she did two or three times every week. A partner in a large…