(Lilly Roadstones/Stone, Getty Images) Exposure to sunshine is linked to lower blood pressure, says a new study that included hundreds of thousands of patients at dialysis clinics across the United States. But don’t use this news as an excuse to book a beach vacation just yet. For the new study, appearing Friday in the Journal…

Dr. Svati Shah with her husband, Dr. Patrick Hranitzky, and sons Kieran and Kellan. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Svati Shah) Onstage at the Miss America 2020 pageant, Dr. Svati Shah looked into the camera and delivered her important message. It wasn’t merely that heart disease and stroke kill more women than all forms of cancer combined….

Andy Beal with his wife, Sheila. (Photo courtesy of Andy Beal) Andy Beal woke up at 4 a.m. and went to the bathroom as he’d done hundreds of times before. This time, though, the 44-year-old North Carolina man had trouble getting back into bed. “I collapsed. I had to like roll into bed,” Andy said….

(monticelllo/iStock, Getty Images) There’s no sugarcoating it: Having too many sweet drinks may be linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research. Drinking 12 ounces of sugary beverages more than once a day may lower “good” cholesterol and increase triglycerides, fat in the blood that can lead…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) It’s no secret exercise comes with plenty of health benefits. But it turns out, there can be too much of a good thing. Extreme exercise like marathons, triathlons and high-intensity interval training can raise the risk of cardiac arrest, abnormal heart rhythm and heart attack in people who are not active or…

(American Heart Association) Just because Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” doesn’t mean you have to load up on rich foods to celebrate. As you prepare for the holiday, consider chicken and ham jambalaya, a healthy twist on the popular Louisiana dish. Instead of sausage, which tends to be high in fat and calories,…

Gabriel Oluka, two days after heart valve replacement surgery at the Uganda Heart Institute in December 2018. (Photo courtesy of the Oluka family) Much as he tried, Gabriel Oluka could never keep up with other children. As he got older, he experienced heaviness in his chest, frequent sore throats and occasional painful joints. Sometimes his breathing…

(Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Nearly two-thirds of people who survive an often-deadly type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain continue to experience high blood pressure because they aren’t taking enough medication, new research shows. The preliminary study, presented this week at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, found…

(Hispanolistic/E+, Getty Images) Emerging research may help doctors devise better ways to prevent some of the tens of thousands of amputations unrelated to traumatic injury that occur in the U.S. each year. Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower limb amputations, including of the toe and foot. That’s partly because diabetes increases risk of…

(NASA) Lea en español On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn made history when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. About half an hour after launch, somewhere over Zanzibar, he made a bit of lesser-known history by becoming the first person to use workout equipment in space. “It was called the MA-6 In-flight…