(petrunjela/iStock, Getty Images) Women who have complications during their first pregnancy are more likely to develop high blood pressure within seven years, according to new research. The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, looked into whether problems during first pregnancies such as early deliveries, smaller-than-average babies, stillbirths and preeclampsia might…

Bill Doss (right) was playing a round of golf when his heart stopped. He credits his son Will for being part of the lifesaving efforts that day. (Photo courtesy of Will Doss) On a sunny April day in 2018, Bill Doss pushed through his exhaustion and met his buddies for their regular round of golf….

(d3sign/Moment, Getty Images) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them. By almost any measure, meat alternatives are rapidly gaining in popularity. The explosion of…

(mladenbalinovac/E+, Getty Images) Men exposed to high levels of pesticides at work had a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, new research from Hawaii says. The findings emphasize the importance of using protective gear when handling pesticides on the job and including exposure in medical histories, Dr. Beatriz L. Rodriguez, the study’s co-author, said…

(Wavebreakmedia, Envato Elements) Summer is over, but it’s not too late to plan a fall getaway for some R&R and sightseeing. After all, the shoulder season – those months before and after peak summer travel time – is primed for good deals and smaller crowds. But just remember: Physical activity can be part of the…

(Mark Sommerville/EyeEm, Getty Images) Veterans with depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder face an increased risk of heart attack, stroke – and even death – from cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Previous research has delved into the link between mental illness and heart disease, but less has been done on the specific mental health conditions…

(Andrzej Wojcicki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Fluctuating blood pressure may be associated with worsening dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. The study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension sought to add a new understanding about the links between Alzheimer’s, the heart and blood vessels. Past research shows blood pressure…

Lottie Zoog had a partial foot amputation and an open-heart surgery, and is still all smiles with her adoptive family. From left: Vanessa, Lottie, Noah and Christopher Zoog. (Photo courtesy of the Zoog family) When their hopes of adopting a child from China were stretched thin by years of wait, Vanessa and Chris Zoog asked…

(Inna Chernish/EyeEm, Getty Images) Eating patterns similar to the Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure-lowering DASH may help older women with Type 2 diabetes ward off heart attacks, strokes and related problems, new research suggests. Diabetes afflicts one-quarter of Americans 65 and older. An estimated 68% of these patients will die of heart disease, and…

(Towfiqu Photography/Moment, Getty Images) Life-threatening heart infections related to opioid abuse are striking more young people, particularly in the Midwest, according to new research. About 34,000 people a year are treated for infections known as infective endocarditis, which affect the heart’s inner lining or valves. About 20% of the time, it’s fatal. Drug abuse is…