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…

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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…