(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) People with blood pressure that’s a little too high should take medication to bring it down if lifestyle changes alone don’t work, according to a new report. The American Heart Association published the scientific statement Thursday in its journal Hypertension. It said doctors should consider prescribing blood pressure-lowering medication to people…

(Chainarong Prasertthai/iStock, Getty Images) As more people in the United States are vaccinated against COVID-19, and some areas experience a slowdown in virus infections, the nation is slowly starting to reopen. According to health care professionals, post-lockdown life should start with taking stock of your own health. “It’s a great time to do a (health)…

(Piotr Adamowicz/EyeEm, Getty Images) Consistent cigarette smoking has a small but significant effect on pulse pressure, according to research that suggests a possible new link between smoking and cardiovascular disease, especially among Black and white women. Pulse pressure is the difference between systolic blood pressure, the top number in a reading, and diastolic blood pressure,…

(Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment, Getty Images) The now-ended pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine raised concerns about whether confidence might be rattled in vaccines and how they are monitored for safety. Experts say it should do the opposite. “I think this is a clear example that the system works, that there are many safeguards…

(Ekaterina79/iStock, Getty Images) People who are salt-sensitive may have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study that points to the need for better genetic testing for sodium sensitivity. Scientists already knew high salt sensitivity is more common among people with high blood pressure, which is a leading preventable risk factor…

(Mehau Kulyk/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Hormone therapies used to treat breast and prostate cancers can raise the risk for a heart attack and stroke, according to a new scientific report that advises close monitoring. The risk is even higher for people who have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high…

Latino Health Access promotora Rosa Calderon helps triage people signed up to get vaccinated at Villa Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California. (Photo courtesy of Latino Health Access) Getting vaccinated may be everyone’s best protection against COVID-19. But giving everyone fair access to vaccines will take more than just providing needles and vials, community health…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Some types of cancer may alter the appearance and function of the heart, according to new research that analyzed people’s hearts before cancer treatment. An estimated 1.9 million people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Having…

(Glowimages, Getty Images) A smartphone-based screening tool can accurately detect previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that puts people at high risk for stroke, according to new research that shows it could help uncover the condition in American Indians. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reported a…