(Layland Masuda/Moment, Getty Images) If you’re trick-or-treating through a walkable neighborhood on Halloween, go back and do it again the next day, and the day after that – minus the stops for candy. It’s a good heart-healthy habit year-round. A new study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association reinforces the concept…

(Huntstock/Photodisc, Getty Images) Rising blood pressure and stiffening arteries – two risk markers for cardiovascular disease – create easily detectable changes in the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye, according to new research. It’s the largest study to examine the relationship between microvascular changes in the eye and the macrovascular risk factors…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Black or Latino patients with heart failure are less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units, say researchers who suggest that disparity – and not biology – may help explain racial gaps in how patients recover. The findings come from a review of 10 years of records from…

Katie Hinson had open-heart surgery at age 5. Combining her love for art and helping others, Hinson organizes ‘Strokes for Strokes,’ a workshop for stroke survivors and caretakers to  create art and share their stories. (Photo by Abby Murphy Photo) A red wagon. A blue easel. A sunny atrium. Katie Hinson remembers those snippets of…

(nito100/iStock, Getty Images) Cardiovascular health in transgender people requires a multifaceted approach to care, according to a new report that looked at a range of issues in how hormone therapy affects heart health. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, set out to create a guidepost for future medical care by…

(Sujata Jana/EyeEm, Getty Images) Whether it’s traveling to Hawaii, trekking to Machu Picchu or starting a community garden, creating a “bucket list” prioritizes ambitious goals or spells out how we want to be remembered. It also can bring emotional and physical health benefits. Research has shown pre-trip planning brings happiness, and taking vacation time has…

One of the retrofitted Fresh Truck school buses that carries fresh, affordable produce to communities in need. (Photo courtesy of About Fresh) Three converted school buses rumble through 18 low-income Boston neighborhoods. They carry the cargo that for too long has been scarce: fresh, healthy food. These mobile grocery stores, called Fresh Truck, bring some…

(Kristina Kohanova/EyeEm, Getty Images) Spooky, scream-inducing characters whose health has clearly taken a turn for the worse – skeletons and ghosts, for example – are as much a part of Halloween fun as pumpkins and candy. But once the creepy decorations are put away, some frightening health facts can haunt us year-round – and should…

Lucy Henglefelt’s heart was enlarged and only functioning at 10%, causing her to go into heart failure. (Photo by Dan Thorson Photography) Their young sons in bed, Lucy Henglefelt and her husband, Adam, were cleaning their Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home to put it on the market. A real estate agent was coming the next…

(Julien McRoberts, Getty Images) An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib, occurs more often among American Indians than among other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed more than 344,000 new cases of AFib in California from 2005 through 2011. On average, there were 7.5 new cases per year for…