(Chinnapong/iStock, Getty Images) Having high blood pressure for long periods may increase the chance of small vessel damage in the brain, which has been linked to dementia and stroke, according to a new study. Scientists have long known high blood pressure, also called hypertension, can lead to stroke, and past studies also have connected it…

(John Fedele, Getty Images) Follow-up visits for heart failure patients leaving the hospital can be done just as safely via telehealth as they can in person, according to a new study that also found making virtual visits an option doesn’t prevent missed appointments. “There are still a substantial number of people who don’t show up,”…

Rev. Eddie Woods went from feeling healthy to needing a heart transplant – all during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of City Point Church) On the Friday before Mother’s Day, the Rev. Eddie Woods did his best to hide his discomfort. Short of breath and lightheaded, he didn’t want his wife, Julie, to notice. He…

(Atit Phetmuangtong/EyeEm, Getty Images) Lea en español Tracking a few simple numbers can be a big help in keeping tabs on heart health. But you need to pay attention to those numbers long before your doctor says they’re an urgent concern, said Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor in the department of endocrinology, diabetes, nutrition…

(Dirtydog_Creative/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) The decades-long progress in reducing premature deaths from heart disease in the United States has slowed over the last decade, according to a new county-by-county analysis that found an increase in disparities affecting African American adults and younger populations. U.S. and Chinese researchers used multiple databases that included information on nearly…

(Hiroshi Watanabe/Stone, Getty Images) People with higher levels of a specific inflammatory marker may have a greater risk of developing a form of heart failure, according to new research that could help predict who might develop the disease. The biomarker, called GlycA, is an indicator of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is thought to play…

(artisteer/iStock, Getty Images) Investigating the hereditary roots of some cardiovascular diseases could help patients and their doctors make decisions, identify risks and manage treatment, according to a new report. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association summarizes what’s known – and what needs further research – about the genes that influence heart disease, and…

Kendel Christoff became the fourth generation of women in her family to have a heart attack. (Photo courtesy of Kendel Christoff) In Hubbard, Ohio, a truck-stop town off Interstate 80, Kendel Christoff had her pick of fast food. One day for lunch, she downed a double cheeseburger with a side of nuggets. The next, it…

A strength-training class at Boston-based HealthWorks Community Fitness in 2019. (Photo by Kelsey Converse Photography) After more than a decade of driving a Boston city bus, Lorene Thomas was exhausted, overweight and depressed. “Sitting in that seat all the time, I gained weight and had high blood pressure,” Thomas said. The 64-year-old also felt traumatized…

Meteorologist Mark Larson at KWCH in 2020. (American Heart Association) Meteorologist Mark Larson was preparing for his noon television show in Wichita, Kansas, when he started to feel foggy and fatigued. Out of nowhere, sharp pain stabbed the inside of his left elbow. He knew he was in no shape to appear on air and…