Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report (link opens in new window)released Tuesday, stroke swapped positions with…

Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and stroke, but deaths caused by high blood pressure are on the rise, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. Although cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the U.S., deaths fell by nearly a third from 2001 to 2011—a drop scientists say reflects improvements…

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. “Our study found that the ability to…

The American Heart Association is no longer only keeping tabs on America’s health. For the first time in the 50 years that the AHA has released an annual snapshot of heart disease and stroke statistics in the U.S., the new report(link opens in new window) released Wednesday now adds a global view. Health data compiled…

Women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 10 or younger, or age 17 or older,  may be at higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and complications of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Researchers analyzed data collected from 1.3 million women aged 50 to…

Justin Faloon has had four heart attacks. He’s endured a quintuple bypass. He’s received an extraordinarily high number of stents – 35. Yet perhaps the best part of his story doesn’t involve the care he’s received. It’s about the lives he’s saved. Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when he was 29…