A mother holds her 9-month-old baby three months after Hurricane Maria destroyed their home in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year. Yet even as the recovery continues – and as Puerto Ricans look…

Stroke survivor Gerardo Lucio with his daughter, Karen. (Photo by Raoul Torresi for American Heart Association News) Last November, two days before Thanksgiving, Gerardo Lucio collapsed after getting off a forklift at work. When he was able to get up, his right arm and leg were weak and he had trouble walking. A nephew he worked…

A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat pregnant women at risk…

David Paschal, pictured with his wife, Gail, had a cardiac arrest in his doctor’s waiting room.(Photo courtesy of David Paschal) As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of…

Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, “Does my right eye look weird?” Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that his eye was indeed dilated. As an orthopedic resident,…

South Asians living in the U.S. are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say. Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S….

A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension(link opens in new window), found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy may be more likely…

A heart failure patient who often feels lonely or left out is more likely to require hospitalization than one who rarely feels socially isolated, a new study shows. The assessment, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association(link opens in new window), also found a higher risk of death among those who feel…

When Dr. Luis Castellanos was a resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, he noticed there weren’t many Spanish-speaking physicians on the faculty, even though Latinos comprise about a third of the city’s population. Occasionally, the Mexican-American cardiologist found himself translating for his colleagues – a task that continued when he returned to join…

> People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows. Learning more about the underlying mechanisms of high blood pressure in people with HIV is critical in preventing one of the…