Brooke Lennington is now the caregiver to her dad, Rich, who had a stroke at age 50. (Photo courtesy of Brooke Lennington) Brooke Lennington’s phone buzzed late one night in 2016, a week before Thanksgiving. Her younger brother, Hunter, was calling, frantically saying a nurse at a hospital had called about their father. Hunter, a…

(DNY59, Getty Images) Amid the holiday season, here are some heart-positive tips to keep in mind: – Eat and drink sensibly at those big family dinners. – Don’t let shopping and festivities disrupt your exercise routine. – Be sure to download the classic song of the season “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Or call your…

Leah Lizarondo started 412 Food Rescue to salvage good food that would otherwise be thrown away. (Photo by Brian Cohen) Leah Lizarondo continues to be amazed by how much food gets thrown away daily. Her Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue, taps a huge network of volunteers to recover thousands of pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables,…

(Jan-Otto, Getty Images) Reuse and recycle. Americans employ the concept on nearly everything. Now, medical researchers are working hard to apply it to pacemakers and defibrillators. Millions of sick people in low-income nations suffer or die each year because they can’t afford these implantable medical devices that could help regulate their heartbeat. Researchers argue that…

(Susan Barr, Getty Images) Barbershops in the African-American community could help men reduce and control their blood pressure, according to a new study. The research showed long-term reductions in blood pressure among customers who met periodically with pharmacists at 52 Los Angeles County barbershops. Published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the study…

Heather Catanese, after giving birth to baby Lorenzo, who had in-utero surgery to repair multiple heart defects. (Photo courtesy of the Catanese family) Heather Catanese was 7 when she went from only child to big sister. She still remembers how excited she was to help take care of baby Sean. She was 8 when her…

(photographee.eu, Depositphotos) The thyroid is a tiny powerhouse. The gland, which is located at the base of the neck, releases hormones that control how the entire body uses energy and affects an array of organs throughout the body – including the heart. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows two…

(Pixelaway, Envato Elements) When Dr. William White shines a bright light in his patient’s eye, he’s looking for more than just vision problems. He’s searching for clues indicating the effects of high blood pressure, or hypertension, and what he finds could help prevent heart attacks, strokes and other serious health problems far beyond the eye….

(lisegagne, Getty Images) December is a time for hosting relatives, going to holiday parties and possibly overindulging in food and drink. Mix in year-end work deadlines and other pressures, and it can be a recipe for stress and health problems. But it doesn’t have to be. Making healthy choices may lower your risk for illnesses…

Anthony Davis with his daughters. He died from heart failure at age 44, inspiring wife, Ritru, to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke. (Photo courtesy of Ritru Davis) Ritru N. Davis’ weekday morning routine was simple. The mother of four would wake up, enjoy idle conversation with her husband, Anthony, and then head out…