(AntonioGuillem/iStock, Getty Images) People with obsessive-compulsive disorder may be more than three times as likely as those without it to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, particularly older adults, new research finds. The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggests people with OCD should be closely monitored and treated…

Jacob York survived a stroke at 21. He’s sharing his story in hopes others his age won’t feel as alone as he did. (Photo courtesy of Jacob York) Soon after turning 21, Jacob York and his buddies from the University of Missouri were in Miami Beach, Florida, for spring break. They spent their days by…

(Instants/E+, Getty Images) Harmful secondhand tobacco smoke remains more widespread than most people think, experts say, and exposure is particularly high for children, Black adults and people living below the poverty line. One of the biggest hurdles is smokers often underestimate the levels of exposure and the effects on nonsmokers’ lungs, hearts and brains. “There’s…

(Thomas Barwick/Stone, Getty Images) Less than half of U.S. women entering pregnancy have good heart health, and those rates are falling, according to new research. Experts already knew poor heart health can have dire consequences for mothers-to-be. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of a mother’s death during pregnancy and postpartum, making up 26.5% of…

(zhikun sun/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Many people know too much salt in their diet is a bad thing. Not nearly as many know exactly why. “They’re surprised at the degree to which it can affect them,” said Dr. Cheryl Laffer, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “And at the…

(Sylverarts/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español The day 23-year-old Jordan Chaffiotte was discharged from the hospital following her successful open-heart surgery should have been a happy one. A cause for celebration. Instead, she found herself sobbing in the living room with her parents and sister, struggling with guilt and depression. “Before I left the hospital,…

Dorothy Farris had a stroke during a Zoom call with friends. (Photo by Dawn Switzer) At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Dorothy Farris organized “Cocktails and Conversation,” a weekly hourlong Zoom session with a group of old friends. Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. quickly became a cherished part of their routines. They talked…

(Jolygon/iStock, Getty Images) Identifying the cause of a stroke or mini-stroke within 48 hours could help pinpoint the treatment to help prevent additional strokes, new guidelines say. The recommendations from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, published Monday in the journal Stroke, are an update to guidelines issued in 2014. The AHA regularly releases science-based…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Young adults with depression or anxiety may be more likely to have lower levels of cardiovascular health, new research shows. Adults ages 18-34 who have moderate to severe anxiety or depression were more likely to smoke and have excess weight, and were less likely to get adequate exercise, according to the findings…

(athima tongloom/Moment, Getty Images) Taking more steps each day may help you live longer, whether those steps occur in short bursts throughout the day or all at once, new research finds. The preliminary research will be presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference. “With the help of…