(Rasi Bhadramani/iStock, Getty Images) An inherited disorder that causes high cholesterol early in life appears to affect about 25 million people worldwide, but it is especially common among people with cardiovascular disease, new research suggests. The findings, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, “make a strong case” for screening programs to identify…

(Hiroshi Watanabe/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Many people are familiar with the idea that gut bacteria are important for health. Given their location, you might assume that role is only about digestion. But evidence is mounting that the microbes in our intestines interact with our minds – and hearts – in significant ways. Gut bacteria have been…

Heart attack survivor Stacey Bailey at the Phoenix Go Red for Women Luncheon in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Stacey Bailey) On the final morning of a family camping trip, Stacey Bailey woke up and started cleaning. After a difficult night caring for her sick granddaughter, Bailey hauled a pile of vomit-soiled sheets and towels to…

(damircudic/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Chris Dier understands how trauma can follow you for a lifetime. In 2005, he was entering his senior year of high school, looking forward to a year of making memories at Andrew Jackson High in Chalmette, Louisiana. Then, disaster struck. Twice. First, a car crash killed three friends. Two…

(American Heart Association) The coronavirus has put a damper on Memorial Day outings, but you can still kick off barbecue season with healthy grilled fruit kebabs. Skewers filled with pineapple, strawberry, banana and watermelon offer a smart alternative to typical holiday desserts like ice cream and cake. “All fruits are nutritious because they’re a source…

(Nes/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español High blood pressure is one of the top risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It’s also common among people who develop severe COVID-19 symptoms. So, with more people at home practicing social distancing and with fewer chances to check blood pressure at public pharmacy machines or doctor visits,…

Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis (left) with her sister, Judy Ferguson-Missick. (Photo courtesy of Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis) Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis was reviewing paperwork at her office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when the headache started. It grew stronger and stronger and her eyes blurred, making it difficult to read. She hoped she wasn’t coming down with something. After work, Ferguson-Davis, then…

(Joan Ransley/Moment, Getty Images) For many in the United States, dinner means a large portion of meat and two sides, usually a starch and a vegetable. Think steak, potatoes and peas, or chicken, carrots and rice. “That’s a very American and northern European idea – a meal which stems from a large amount of meat…

James Amos delivers meals to children in Montgomery, Alabama, as part of the Brown Bag Bus program. (Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Montgomery) At the Montgomery Regency Trailer Park, kids often gather before the 10:30 a.m. arrival of the Brown Bag Bus. It’s a race to be first to greet their buddy behind the…

(Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Lea en español Almost every adult will face this health problem as they get older. But knowing how blood pressure might change over a lifetime can give people a better appreciation of why it’s important to keep it in check at any age. When left uncontrolled or if undetected, high blood…