Carl Korfmacher and his sons inherited high cholesterol. The Korfmacher family (from left): Sons, Henry and Owin; dad, Carl; mom, Krista; and Carl’s mom, Louise. (Photo courtesy of Carl Korfmacher) Carl Korfmacher was 9 years old when his father, Ron, returned from the Mayo Clinic for a checkup in the early 1970s. Though he was…

(Claudia Totir, Getty Images) Innovation across the food system – from farms to grocery stores to restaurants and beyond – is urgently needed to help Americans eat better, a science advisory from the American Heart Association says. And the report, published Monday in the journal Circulation, is full of approaches that could help. Healthy eating…

(cglade, iStockphoto) While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better. During the study, people with Type 2 diabetes who received treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 or below had fewer heart attacks, strokes…

(Andrew Brookes, Getty Images) Imagine getting a simple blood test to help doctors predict your risk for having a heart attack or stroke. That test exists, and that scenario could become reality, according to a new study. The test often is used now to help hospital medical staff diagnose heart attacks in people who come…

(Halfpoint Images, Getty Images) As people approach retirement and plan for expenses, health care is high on the checklist. Out-of-pocket medical costs will inevitably arise, but taking healthy steps heading into the golden years can help avert costly doctor visits, prescriptions and medical treatments. “Our challenge as a society is to impress upon folks that…

(Hero Images, Getty Images) Being active, in all forms and at all ages, is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and improve overall health and well-being. It not only can aid with weight control and fitness, it can help in recovering from a heart episode or procedure. “It is the best medicine,”…

From left: Cardiac arrest survivor Melanie Baldwin with her daughter, Kate Eggington, and mother, Carol Payne. (Photo by Traci Brewer) Jeff and Melanie Baldwin were hanging a picture in the dining room of their Las Vegas home when Melanie collapsed. Jeff grabbed his phone and dialed 911. Preparing for the ambulance to arrive, he closed…

Boston pediatrician Dr. April Inniss is taking a creative approach to teaching kids about their health. (Photo courtesy of April Inniss) One of the most valuable lessons in pediatrician April Inniss’ medical career came from an 8-year-old boy. Inniss was just out of medical school and was asked to draw blood from the terrified young…

(EP_stock, Getty Images) More people in their late 70s and 80s who have heart attacks are being treated with a procedure that is helping them survive, a new analysis says. This artery-clearing procedure is called percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, and involves inserting a catheter with a deflated balloon on its tip into a narrowed…

(Henglein and Steets, Getty Images) Revamped guidelines that increased how many children were considered to have high blood pressure do indeed help predict how many of those kids will develop heart disease as adults, a new study says. The guidelines, which hadn’t been updated since 2004, were issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in…