(FatCamera/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español It can literally be as easy as a walk in the park. Just 30 minutes of movement – anything that gets your heart beating faster – five times a week is all it takes to meet federal guidelines for physical activity. In fact, the goal is 150 minutes a…

(Oscar Wong/Moment, Getty Images) Black women are most likely to develop a severe form of high blood pressure during pregnancy called preeclampsia, a new study shows. But Asian and Pacific Islander women may have the highest risk for developing cardiovascular complications from the condition. The study, published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension,…

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy survivor Jimmy Fremgen holds his first three implantable cardioverter defibrillators. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Fremgen) Running late after a hectic day, Jimmy Fremgen sprinted up a flight of stairs to his apartment. His hands shook so wildly he had trouble fitting the key into the lock. Once inside, his heart pounded so rapidly…

(monkeybusinessimages/iStock, Getty Images) Nice weather and a receding pandemic should make for a joyous, memorable summer, especially after a year of lockdowns, frustration and discouraging news. For kids, and their parents, it’s also a chance to get back on the road to normal after a long COVID-19 detour. “I’m really optimistic about this summer compared…

Heart surgery and stroke survivor Arthur Castro outside the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Arthur Castro) When Arthur Castro was born, doctors could immediately tell something was wrong. The color of his skin belied trouble with his heart that hadn’t been picked up on several ultrasounds typical of a routine pregnancy….

(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) Early menopause could mean an increased risk of stroke caused by blocked blood vessels, according to a new study. Yet for each year of menopause delay, stroke risk fell by 2%. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, and women have a 4% higher lifetime stroke risk than men. Some…

(monkeybusinessimages/iStock, Getty Images) As the days get longer and the temperature rises, summer is an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities. Following some simple advice can increase the odds you’ll surf through the season without so much as a sunburn. Mind the latest pandemic rules The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its…

Neurologist Dr. Kevin Sheth’s latest research project could be a game-changer. (Photo courtesy of Yale School of Medicine) As a neurologist working mostly in an emergency or intensive care setting, Dr. Kevin Sheth often found himself forced to decide quickly what he thought was wrong inside a patient’s brain. The treatment would be so much easier…

If mangoes could be any more of a nutritional hero, they might need to wear capes. The luscious, sweet tropical fruits are packed with so many vitamins and minerals they are great for our hearts, skin, eyes, and digestive and immune systems. Packing more than 20 vitamins and minerals, including high doses of vitamins A…

(skynesher/E+, Getty Images) Doctors should encourage otherwise healthy adults with slightly elevated blood pressure or cholesterol to sit less and move more to improve heart health, according to a new report. The American Heart Association scientific statement suggests doctors write exercise “prescriptions” for people with mildly to moderately high blood pressure and cholesterol. The prescriptions…