After five weeks off recovering from her heart attack, Melissa Murphy looked forward to returning to her job. “I’m back out, and I’m contributing again,” the Iowa mother of two remembered thinking. “I’m not a victim, which is how you sometimes feel when you’re sitting on your couch and everybody leaves to go to work…

Heart disease became personal when Marcella Roberts was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Her efforts to build heart-healthy public housing won her the American Heart Association’s Louis B. Russell Jr. Award in June. (Photo by Tim Sharp for AHA) As an attorney and vice president of a real estate firm, Marcella Roberts makes decisions based…

A road trip across the country is a someday dream for many Americans. Pedaling the roughly 4,000 miles from coast to coast adds an epic aspect to the adventure. “When I was a kid, I met a guy in a bike shop whose bike was loaded down with bags,” said Craig Miller, an avid cyclist…

A road trip across the country is a someday dream for many Americans. Pedaling the roughly 4,000 miles from coast to coast adds an epic aspect to the adventure. “When I was a kid, I met a guy in a bike shop whose bike was loaded down with bags,” said Craig Miller, an avid cyclist…

Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it’s contributing to “an alarming growth” in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to the emergency department for this heart rhythm disorder, often called AFib, increased by…

Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it’s contributing to “an alarming growth” in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to the emergency department for this heart rhythm disorder, often called AFib, increased by…

Skylar Doerwaldt had just gotten home from dinner with a friend when she had a stroke. (Photo courtesy of Skylar Doerwaldt) Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo…

Skylar Doerwaldt had just gotten home from dinner with a friend when she had a stroke. (Photo courtesy of Skylar Doerwaldt) Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo…

Making healthy choices during any decade of life increases the chances of staying healthy as you age. It’s never too late to embark on a healthy lifestyle, even in your 40s, 50s and 60s. Taking steps during those decades to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses can help your quality of…

A new study in mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device’s vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of having a stroke or heart attack. In the study…