Stroke survivor Noelia Gutierrez. (Photo courtesy of Noelia Gutierrez) Lea en español Noelia Gutierrez appreciated her mother traveling from New York to Florida to help with the arrival of her third child. One day, Gutierrez decided to have a fun lunch: She would introduce her mom to sushi. And her brother, a flight attendant who…

(Olga Strelnikova/iStock via Getty Images) Lea en español Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that. Since 2010, the American Heart Association has said seven modifiable components – maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and…

Heart attack survivor Amy Kren (right) with her husband, Brian. (Photo courtesy of Amy Kren) As she finished mowing the lawn of her home in Girard, Ohio, Amy Kren had a somewhat familiar feeling. The shortness of breath and tightness in her chest seemed like another asthma attack. She went into the garage and put…

(tommaso79/iStock via Getty Images) Your favorite summertime playlist probably has more songs about surfing than about potential health risks. But with much of the nation having already sweated out a historic heat wave in June, health experts would like to add a note of caution to the mix. Hot weather is like a stress test…

(Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images) The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill. For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling – including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers – are processed or high in…

Heart attack survivor Danny Saxon. (Photo courtesy of the Saxon family) Danny Saxon was finishing a job repairing and cleaning a pool this past February when he started feeling like he had bad indigestion. He popped a couple antacid pills and chugged a few bottles of water. He tried to make himself burp, hoping that…

(MoMo Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images) Lea en español Meditation, as a religious practice or mystic experience, may be as old as humanity. Evidence of its use dates back as far as 7,000 years, and some scholars speculate it might have begun among people sitting in caves, gazing into their fires. Today, it’s also the focus…

(Maskot via Getty Images) In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a health quiz: ‒ If asked whether you just got a haircut, have you ever said, “No, I got them all cut.” ‒ If your son said, “I’m hungry!” Would you reply, “Hello, Hungry – I’m Dad.” ‒ If your daughter asked you to make…

(Kentaroo Tryman/Maskot via Getty Images) Exposure to man-made chemicals found in common household products and in soil, air, food and water may raise the risk for high blood pressure in middle-aged women, a new study suggests. The study found middle-aged women with higher blood concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were 71% more…

Heart disease survivor Terita Grier. (Photo courtesy of Terita Grier) Terita Grier has struggled with obesity her whole life. She also has diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading risk factors for heart disease. Her dad died of a massive heart attack a month before she got married in her mid-20s. As she approached 50,…