(janulla, iStock photo) Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., and women make up nearly 60% of all stroke deaths. Why? In part, experts say, women may have symptoms subtle enough to be missed or brushed off in the daily juggle of work-life balance. That can lead to delays in…

(fremate via DepositPhotos) State legislatures and national retailers appear to be in a race to see who can stamp out cigarette sales to underage consumers faster. Eight states enacted bills so far this year to raise the legal sales age of tobacco products to 21, increasing the total states with such laws to 14. Two…

(efks via DepositPhoto) During his 11-year NBA career, Harvey Catchings shared the court with legends. With the Philadelphia 76ers, he suited up with All-Star Caldwell Jones and slam-dunked Darryl Dawkins. Later, he played against Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Catchings, 67, is the only one of the four still alive. “Sometimes I think about that….

(Bruno Weltmann via DepositPhotos) People who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later, a small study has found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, enrolled 34 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40….

Stroke survivor Liz Andersen with her husband and caregiver, Steve, at a stroke retreat for survivors and caregivers. (Photo courtesy of Steve Andersen) Steve Andersen was fast asleep, tuckered out after a weekend of camping with the grandsons, when he heard his wife Liz frantically calling his name. “Steve, I can’t get off the toilet,”…

Carolyn Jackson won the American Heart Association’s 2019 Award of Meritorious Achievement. (Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company) As chair of the 59th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball last year, Carolyn Jackson didn’t sit idle. Instead, the marketing maven went into overdrive, transforming the event into an educational, inspirational yearlong campaign. By the end of 2018,…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki, Adobe Stock) After an uneventful pregnancy, Amanda Blanchfield thought she had delivered a healthy baby, a boy she and her husband named Cash. A slight heart murmur clued doctors that there was a problem. An echocardiogram uncovered cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. In Cash’s case, an obstruction made it hard for…

Doug E. Fresh (left) and Dr. Olajide Williams, founders of Hip Hop Stroke. (Photo courtesy of Olajide Williams) Dr. Olajide Williams spent years seeking a way to deliver lifesaving information that wasn’t getting through to people in his Harlem community. So when he heard about a program called Hip Hop Stroke, he thought it was…

(Photo by Kittisak Jirasittichai/EyeEm, Getty Images) High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no obvious warning signs. That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren’t worried about having a heart attack or stroke, according to a new survey. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, greatly…

Stroke survivor Dave Kim at the Red Cross Gala in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Dave Kim) Dave Kim can hardly remember a time he wasn’t making music. He plays three instruments – most notably the electric violin – and has performed at countless weddings and in concerts around the world, opening for such acts…