(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…

(kali9/E+, Getty Images) Having a higher level of spirituality helps lessen depression in stroke survivors and their caregivers and boosts their quality of life, according to new research. The study included data from 223 caregiver-stroke survivor pairs in Italy who completed questionnaires measuring spirituality, depression and quality of life between 2016 and 2018. Survivors who…

A marathoner before his spinal stroke, Brian Muscarella now competes using a hand-powered bicycle. (Photo courtesy of Brian Muscarella) Weighing in at about the same as when he graduated high school, Brian Muscarella, 62, eats a healthy diet and enjoys plenty of physical activity. Indeed, he has completed the New York City Marathon four times….

(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…