(Envato Elements/choreograph) Every year around Oct. 31, as horror films, haunted houses and pranksters in creepy costumes try their best to give you a fright, the question arises: Can a person literally be scared to death? The answer is a very conditional “Yes.” But, experts say, it’s extraordinarily unlikely to happen from Halloween hijinks. “Those…

Fitness trainer and stroke survivor Rick Logan soars over Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Rick Logan) Everything you need to know about Rick Logan is embedded in the picture above. Start with the parachute. It’s not there for support. Quite the opposite. As a fitness trainer, he uses it to generate resistance – to make workouts tougher….

(DepositPhotos, DragonImages) China has made strides in stroke care over the past decade – but a new report shows the number of strokes each year is rising, and the disease remains the country’s leading cause of death. The report, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, is a wide-ranging review of how the world’s…

(Rawpixel/Envato Elements) Autumn temperatures may have just arrived, but it’s already time to “fall back” an hour. For people who have heart-related problems, they may want to apply that extra 60 minutes in their day toward making healthier lifestyle changes. That’s because researchers say when daylight saving time returns, it brings with it a higher…

(gpointstudio, Getty Images) When hunger strikes at the office, it helps to be prepared to keep your nutritional goals on the right path. Eating lunch – or dinner, depending on your schedule – during the work day is a given for most people. Snacking is probably also part of the office routine. To make healthy…

(Jirkaejc, Envato Elements) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them. You can get your hands on pumpkin seeds on about any store’s snack aisle,…

Stroke survivor Toni Hickman with her son, Khalil, at the 2015 Toni Hickman & Friends event that included performers with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of Toni Hickman) Toni Hickman and her boyfriend were visiting New Orleans in 2007 to celebrate a hip-hop music project she was wrapping up. The singer, poet and songwriter had already achieved some success singing…

(Rana Faure, Getty Images) A child’s blood pressure could indicate cognition problems into adulthood, according to a new study suggesting the cardiovascular connection to cognitive decline could begin much earlier in life than previously believed. The findings may provide a window into the roots of dementia, for which high blood pressure is considered a risk…

Heart disease and stroke survivor Tom Broussard with his daughter Josiane at her graduation. (Photo courtesy of Tom Broussard) When Tom Broussard came out of quadruple heart bypass surgery, the then-59-year-old was just glad to have avoided a heart attack. So he didn’t give much thought to the heart valve that surgeons replaced at the same…

Gerard Blaney with his young family, decades before he’d suffer a heart attack while out to dinner with them. (Photo courtesy of Gerard Blaney) Gerard Blaney figured his excruciating headache was simply due to a combination of too much stress and too little food. It was budget season at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and…