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…

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…

(ISO3000, iStock) Overweight children may be more likely than normal-weight children to develop life-threatening blood clots as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The good news is, getting to a healthy weight by age 13 eliminated the extra risk. For the study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the research team…

Heart transplant survivors Amanda Gabaldon (left) and Sarah Bradley. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Bradley) Sarah Bradley’s second pregnancy was uneventful until 30 weeks, when she found herself swollen, breathless and unusually fatigued. When her chest and left side also began to hurt a few weeks later, the then-27-year-old from Roswell, New Mexico, went to the…

Stroke survivor Leann Sorrell with her son Jonathan. (Photo courtesy of Leann Sorrell) Leann Sorrell was driving her 17-year-old son, Jonathan, home from school when she realized the ring finger on her left hand was numb. She told him about the odd sensation and he rolled his eyes. Then Leann needed to turn the steering…

Ruben Corona after his heart transplant. (Photo courtesy of Lily Figueroa) Dr. Cynthia Herrington has a line she uses on her pediatric surgery trainees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they are facing their first complicated case: “You don’t get to complain about complex anatomy.” It’s a reminder that the problem belongs to a young…