(RichLegg/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Dr. David Wheeler started seeing patients via telehealth in his Wyoming neurology practice 10 years ago as a way to provide routine visits to patients living in remote areas. He’d see three to four patients by video or telephone chat each day, which only made up about a fifth…

(pablohart/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español With hospitals across America focused on people who have developed COVID-19, some people with unrelated but still urgent health problems are feeling awkward about reporting to emergency rooms. They shouldn’t, doctors say. It’s true the coronavirus is stressing the health care system. Hospitals have canceled or postponed elective surgeries…

(simonkr/iStock, Getty Images) Blood pressure that goes down when you stand up is associated with frailty and falls in older people, according to a new study that advocates more testing. The research, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, delved into the relationship between geriatric patients and orthostatic hypotension – a type…

(FatCamera/E+, Getty Images) It is well-known that a poor diet can hurt your health. But, according to research, the consequences don’t stop there – it also can hurt your wallet. Though people try to cut costs by choosing low-quality foods, they might be achieving the opposite by eventually paying more in medical expenses. Consuming unhealthy…

(zeljkosantrac/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español To snack or not to snack? That is not the question, because we’re going to snack. But it doesn’t have to mean cookies, chips and cola. As eating habits evolve, snacking can mean anything from a mini-meal to workout fuel to a healthy interlude to tide us over to…

(Tetra Images, Getty Images) Lea en español Across the nation, Americans find themselves in varying degrees of social isolation as part of a coordinated effort to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Some cities are in full lockdown. Others are asking people to simply remain socially distant. But navigating this new world…

(arthobbit/iStock, Getty Images) Dr. Eduardo Sanchez is the American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention and a former state health commissioner of Texas. He has dealt with major public health crises – including the SARS outbreak. In this occasional series, he offers his insights into topics related to the coronavirus pandemic. Recently I heard a…

Alex Cohen, who was born with a heart defect, is practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Alex Cohen) Like many 20-year-old college students, Alex Cohen is hunkered down and sequestered amid COVID-19 chaos. Some of his peers were frequenting their usual hangouts right up until many of them began shutting down,…

Laura Vanderpool along the waterfront in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Laura Vanderpool) As the birthplace of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the Seattle area became the epicenter of the grunge music scene throughout the 1990s. Laura Vanderpool was right in the thick of things, playing guitar and singing with several bands. “There’s a creative buzz playing…

Microscopic image of COVID-19. (CDC/Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin) Lea en español The coronavirus should have everyone’s attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert. COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since…