(Andrey Popov, istock/Getty Images Plus) Smoking doesn’t just wreck the lungs. It’s a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, and a new study says most cardiologists aren’t doing enough to help patients snuff out their cigarettes. “We know that smoking is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and that cessation leads to decreases in…

AHA chairman of the board Jim Postl. As chairman of the board of the American Heart Association, Jim Postl relies on a lifetime of business acumen to help the organization run smoothly. But deep down, his approach to the job is intensely personal. Fifty-two years ago, his father died suddenly of a heart attack at…

(Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Everybody knows being sedentary is bad for your heart. But a new study suggests watching lots of TV might be particularly bad for African Americans – and it was linked to more of a risk than having a job that requires sitting all day. The study published Wednesday in the Journal of…

(Tetra Images/Getty Images) Asian Americans are more likely to have better overall cardiovascular health than white Americans, but they lose that standing when the comparison is made using a lower, Asian-specific threshold for body mass index, according to new research. Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States. They make up…

Dr. Ivor Benjamin completes his term as American Heart Association president on July 1. Even on a golf course – decked out in knickers, cardigan and matching cap – Dr. Ivor J. Benjamin is a classic. “When I met him over two decades ago, I was immediately impressed by his engaging personality, compassion and old-school…

Stroke survivor Cassie Perry runs her own fitness studio outside Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy of Cassie Perry) Growing up on a farm in northern Illinois, Cassie Perry participated in beauty pageants, joined the debate team and enjoyed competitive horseback riding. After college, she was a cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Rush of the…

(KTSDESIGN/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Medication can play a huge role in reducing high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and other serious health problems. Yet given the wide selection of drugs for doctors to choose from, figuring out which drug works best for someone is difficult. But researchers may have found…

Michael Bloomberg (center) with Rod Haddock (left) and AHA CEO Nancy Brown. The American Heart Association is honoring former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his worldwide efforts to save lives by fighting smoking and overconsumption of sugary drinks. Bloomberg was named winner of the Ron Haddock American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Impact…

(cglade, iStockphoto) Some people go to the doctor and find the intake so nerve-wracking their blood pressure spikes. Others find the routine relaxing, as they’re asked to rest for a moment and breathe easy before a blood pressure cuff is wrapped around their arm. People with borderline hypertension in both categories should confirm the readings…

Actor Luke Perry died March 4, 2019, after having a stroke. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) — Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52. Perry was surrounded by family and…