(fstop123, Getty Images) With more than 100 million people watching the Super Bowl each year, advertisers launch a high-stakes blitz to win the battle of the brands. From a wellness perspective, viewers face their own Super Bowl challenge: Which advertised products are healthy, and which aren’t? Keep these health facts in mind as you watch…

(Normand Blouin/EyeEm, Getty Images) Overexertion with a snow shovel isn’t the only cardiovascular risk during the winter. When temperatures go down, the incidence of stroke – the country’s fifth-leading cause of death – appears to go up. “There have been a number of studies that have confirmed this in different parts of the world,” said…

Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease, a percentage that reflects recently updated guidelines for treating high blood pressure, according to a new report. High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – can lead to heart attack, heart failure and stroke. “We’re becoming more and more aware of the…

(PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou, Getty Images) New research has found that women who have a heart attack, stroke or some other type of cardiovascular event before age 35 have twice the risk of going into early menopause – which could create its own set of health hazards. Menopause is the process in which a woman permanently stops…

(PhotoAlto/James Hardy, Getty Images) When stroke symptoms hit, not everyone calls 911 – a decision that has perplexed experts. Now, a small study reveals some of the reasons. The research, being presented next week at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, included interviews with 38 stroke patients who drove themselves or had…

The Harris family lost 24-year-old daughter Lauren (far right) to an undiagnosed heart condition. From left: Zane and Emilie Martin with Dorothy, Glenn and Lauren Harris. (Photo courtesy of Glenn Harris) “I’m going to be there – I’m part of Team Glenn!” Lauren Harris told her father, Glenn, in 2017. Although she was recovering from shoulder surgery, she…

(Hero images, Getty Images) “Fake news” has become a popular term these days. But when it comes to medical advice, fake news can result in physical harm, even death. The editors of more than two dozen cardiology-related scientific journals around the world published an editorial Monday to “sound the alarm that human lives are at stake”…

(boonchai wedmakawand, Getty Images) Stand on one leg. Can you stay that way for 20 seconds? Yoga lovers, among others, have always preached the importance of balance in health and fitness. Some experts believe that a simple one-leg test could be an indicator of health problems, particularly stroke risk. “Vision, inner ear and problems in…

(simbiothy, Envato Elements) The start of a new year is a ripe time to branch out – and try those fruits and vegetables you may have noticed but keeping passing by at the supermarket. Perhaps the finger-like appendages of a Buddha’s hand have called out. Or you’ve been curious about that one vegetable you don’t…

On National Wear Red Day last year, John Lewis’s heart stopped while he was at work. (Photo courtesy of John Lewis) On National Wear Red Day in 2018, few people at the Nashville law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop took notice of the occasion, which calls attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer…