(Tempura/E+, Getty Images) People with obesity – regardless of age – are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have higher risks for complications and death, according to new research. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Scientific Sessions, sought to shed new light “on the intersection of a global pandemic…

Dr. Anthony Fauci during a presentation Tuesday at the virtual Scientific Sessions conference. (American Heart Association) Dr. Anthony Fauci stuck to the science Tuesday in recapping the story of COVID-19, noting that while the disease has hit the U.S. hard, masks and physical distancing could help – and that vaccines are on the way. Fauci,…

(TanyaJoy/iStock, Getty Images) To stay healthy, don’t just watch what you eat – watch when you eat it. New research is driving that point home by looking at the impact of changes in meal timing from day-to-day and from weekday-to-weekend. Those changes were associated with several important heart health risk factors, including changes in waist…

(DanielBendjy/E+, Getty Images) Asian immigrants in the United States are a widely diverse group with heart health risk factors that vary depending on where they are from, new research shows. It’s the first study to divide Asian Americans into subgroups to see how their risk factors for heart disease differ from their U.S.-born white peers….

Heart disease survivor Dona Koster with her husband, Tom. (Photo courtesy of Dona Koster) In the late 1990s, when she was in her 40s, Dona Koster’s doctor noticed some irregularities with her heart and referred her to a cardiologist. The specialist’s assessment: She had the heart of an 80-year-old. Koster could hardly believe it. Although…

(American Heart Association) “Health justice is important because it gives everyone a fighting chance at life. And nationality, ethnicity and race – none of that should determine whether you live or die.” University of Southern Indiana graduate student Jahmel Fowler was offering his personal views, but his words summed up the thinking of a panel…

(svetikd/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español As the pandemic crashes into the holidays, fewer of us may be getting together with family and friends to celebrate the season. But the bonds of friendship remain key to emotional – and physical – health. “People already recognized that lifestyle factors like exercise and diet and sleep influence…

(Malven/iStock, Getty Images) The risk of heart attack is significantly higher in people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, a new study of U.S. veterans shows. Past studies have found post-traumatic stress disorder is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Veterans have disproportionately high rates for PTSD as well as traumatic brain injury,…

(kupicoo/E+, Getty Images) White women who experience early menopause are three times more likely to also experience heart trouble at a younger age than their peers who undergo menopause later in life, new research shows. The study compared heart disease risk in white and Black women who underwent menopause before age 40 with those who…

(FG Trade/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español The nation’s history of structural racism must be acknowledged as a driver of health problems and shortened lives for Black people and other racial and ethnic groups, says an American Heart Association report that seeks to spark action to fix the problem. “Structural racism has been and remains…