A new genetic test revealed Kristen Criss had the same heart condition that took her mom’s life at 40. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Criss) Kristen Criss’ father died of complications from a stroke, her mother died from a heart condition at age 40 and her sister passed away at 33. Still, it would be many…

(Claudia Totir, Getty Images) Adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study of rats. While findings in animals may not translate to humans, researchers of the new study – released Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension – hope…

Lisa Deck survived four strokes and brain surgery to become an advocate for others. When Lisa Deck was chosen as a Go Red for Women national spokeswoman in 2014, she was thrilled to have a larger platform to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. She had plenty of personal experience to draw from….

(JGI/Jamie Grill, Getty Images) Stressful life events were linked to higher incidents of heart attack, stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease in African-American women, according to new research that also looked at whether a person’s resilience could help ward off the impact of stress. The study did not find a connection between resilience and…

(Cathy Scola, Getty Images) Diet doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Most of the time, a diet implies weight loss and comes loaded with restrictions and perhaps even plans that aren’t very healthy. But new recommendations released recently by a team of health experts refer to diet with a different goal in mind: preventing…

(gbrundin, Getty Images) Tipping the scales at 233 pounds, Charles Joy realized he needed to make some changes. The 28-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native already had tried many diet plans to varying degrees of success. In 2013, he lost more than 100 pounds through exercise and diet. But afterward, his weight slowly began to creep back…

(smartboy10, Getty Images) Eating a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise and watching your weight can help lower risk for heart disease and stroke. But environmental and cultural factors also make a difference. So can how much you make for a living, especially if it barely brings in enough to pay for housing, groceries or the…

From left: Jackson with siblings Juliet, Jade and Jett Fussell. Three of the children have heart conditions. (Photo courtesy of the Fussell family) James and Tara Fussell were on a Caribbean cruise celebrating their 10th anniversary when they decided to give their son and two daughters another sibling. The girls were adopted from China, and…

(Tetra Images, Getty Images) For decades, a daily dose of aspirin was considered an easy way to prevent a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event. Then came a string of recent studies challenging that assumption. With this latest research in mind, a new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy is advising against…

A life insurance exam was a wake-up call for former college track star Tina Johnson (left). American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown (right). (Photo courtesy of Tina Johnson) When Tina Johnson heard about her school’s jogging club, she couldn’t wait to join. She was 5. When a boy she liked in middle school said, “You…