Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses low electrical currents to measure resistance within tissue….

California’s new law banning taxes on sugary drinks in the nation’s most populated state handed the beverage industry a major victory. Health advocates, however, say it’s a major defeat for the public’s well-being. They’re already looking into options to repeal the law that passed Thursday after a swift and dramatic political fight. Experts worry the…

One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage. Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by blocked arteries as MINOCA, short for myocardial infarction with…

Sara and Court Hoffman at their wedding in Mexico, just days after her heart attack. (Photo courtesy of Sara Hoffman) Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa…

LGBT people of all ages have experienced health inequalities, but researchers have begun to delve into the consequences of a lifetime of that inequity – and what happens to their health as they grow older. “They’ve been relatively invisible, undercounted and underserved,” said Dr. Karen Fredriksen Goldsen. “We’re talking about a major public health issue.”…

There’s no definitive evidence about what can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But experts believe healthy behaviors that are good for your overall health can slow or delay some forms of dementia. Heart and blood vessel health earlier in life is associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementia in later years. So, minimizing cardiovascular disease risk factors could…

The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping “good cholesterol” as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that can build up…

People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond…

Days after learning about stroke at school, Katie Murphy recognized her mother’s symptoms and got help. Katie (left) with mother Christa Murphy. (Photos courtesy of Christa Murphy) Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn’t going like it should. She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed…

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans – but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t. It’s a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should prompt doctors to dig deeper. Past studies have suggested…