(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…

(vgajic/E+, Getty Images) For some people, being told to stay home all day can disrupt meal routines and add to the challenge of heart-healthy eating. But that challenge can be an opportunity. Problems can arise when everyone spends their days steps away from overstuffed refrigerators, said Esther Granville, who manages nutrition programs for Healthy Duke,…

(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…

(Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock, Getty Images) Hospital patients at high risk for influenza had lower rates of death, heart attack, mini-stroke and cardiac arrest if they were vaccinated against flu during their hospital stay, a new study has found. The study focused on certain groups at high risk for flu and its complications: those 50 and older,…

(hsyncoban/E+, Getty Images) Uncontrolled blood sugar is dangerous at any time. But with mounting evidence showing that COVID-19 places people with diabetes at higher risk for severe illness, the need to keep diabetes well-managed has become more important than ever. “Diabetes is itself a risk factor for a more severe case of COVID-19,” said Dr….

(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…