(XiaoYun Li/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) It’s no surprise that one health topic dominated the list of the most-read stories of the year – the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, coronavirus safety tips topped the list of most-watched videos. TOP STORIES 1. What heart patients should know about the coronavirus The coronavirus should have everyone’s attention by now,…

(American Heart Association) At a time when many people are stress-drinking, a New Year’s Eve sangria that’s alcohol-free is a healthy way to say farewell to 2020. Filled with vitamins and fiber, this fresh fruit “mocktail” recipe is a nutritious alternative to what people usually drink before and after singing “Auld Lang Syne.” “It’s got…

(Malorny/Moment, Getty Images) Lea en español Deep in their hearts, everyone has to be looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. And who would know better about matters of the heart than a cardiologist? We asked some of the nation’s best about resolutions – what they’re planning for themselves, and what they wish their…

Frankie Saldivar was born with three holes in his heart. (Photo courtesy of Maria Saldivar) After months of bed rest, then an emergency delivery six weeks early, Maria and Francisco Saldivar were relieved and elated when they saw their baby boy. Soon, their fears returned. Doctors discovered that Francisco “Frankie” Saldivar Jr. was born with…

Computer artwork showing the valves of the heart. (SCIEPRO/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) People with heart valve disease have a growing number of treatment options that could allow them to avoid surgery except in the most severe cases, according to new guidelines. The recommendations, meant to advise health care providers and developed jointly by the…

(wmaster890/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español If you’re ready to toast – a lot – to the end of 2020, you’re in good company. But for your health, find ways to moderate that, experts say. Even in normal years, people find lots extra reasons to raise a glass, or two, at this time of year,…

Mark Kincaid survived a stroke at age 42. (Photo courtesy of Tonya Kincaid) Mark Kincaid greeted spectators coming to the high school football game as he collected donations for his son’s baseball team. His daughter, a cheerleader, was on the field while his wife and one of their three sons watched the game. As a…

(Francesco Carta fotografo/Moment, Getty Images) Numbers tell stories. And this year, few stories will be bigger than the end-of-year statistics showing the top causes of death for Americans. For years, the data has shown heart disease as the No. 1 killer, followed by cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. In a normal year,…

(RyanJLane/E+, Getty Images) The hearts of female athletes adapt differently to the rigors of sports training compared to their male peers, according to a new study that could change the way doctors evaluate women’s heart health. “Athlete’s heart” describes physical and electrical changes, or remodeling, to the heart as a result of intense training. While…

(Sean Justice/DigitalVision, Getty Images) High blood pressure accelerates memory loss and other cognitive declines for middle-aged or older adults, even when it only goes up slightly and for a short time, new research shows. Conversely, controlling high blood pressure slows the speed of cognitive decline, according to a study published Monday in the American Heart…