(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…

(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) Over more than a decade, the rate of repeat strokes in Mexican American adults declined faster than in their non-Hispanic white peers, new research shows. By the end of 2013, the differences between the two groups had vanished, according to the study published Thursday in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke….

(paci77/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) The cumulative effect of several social factors can more than double the risk of stroke in people under 75, according to new research that examined the impact of living in a poor or rural area, having low education or income level, lacking health insurance or being Black. Research already has shown…