(Adene Sanchez/E+ via Getty Images) The rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders doubled in the U.S. between 2007 and 2019, according to new research that finds 1 in 5 births now results in such a disorder, a preterm delivery or a baby with low birth weight. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of…

(Carol Yepes/Moment via Getty Images) Updated guidelines on intracerebral hemorrhages – also known as bleeding strokes – say many techniques widely considered standard care aren’t necessary for people who have this less common but dangerous type of stroke. The revised guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, published Tuesday in the journal Stroke, include…

Congenital heart defect survivor Leo Strauss (right) and his mom, Rachel, at Leo’s 5th birthday party. (Photo courtesy of the Strauss family) Six months after Rachel and Levi Strauss married on the coldest Valentine’s Day in Detroit history, they learned they were going to have a baby. At their home in Houston, Levi helped satisfy…

(Morsa Images/E+ via Getty Images) Stroke hospitalizations for younger adults – along with the cardiovascular risk factors associated with them – have risen since 2007, preliminary new research shows. But the chances of people under age 45 dying from a stroke in the hospital have dropped. The increase in hospitalizations was higher for women and…

(13UG13th/iStock via Getty Images) Young adults diagnosed with prediabetes may be more likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks than their peers with normal blood sugar levels, according to preliminary new research. Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes….

Heart attack survivor Justin Ballard. (Photo courtesy of Justin Ballard) Justin Ballard of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, stared at the photos in disbelief. “Do I really look that big?” he thought. The pictures came from a joyous occasion – Christmas Day 2019, when Kelsey, the oldest of his three children, had gotten engaged. The couple set…

Stroke survivor and theater director Victoria Shepherd on the set of a play she is directing this year. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Shepherd) To celebrate her 50th birthday, Victoria Shepherd was pulling out all the stops. She was in her 30th year as a freelance director in Toronto, so the party would begin at her…

(kotoffei/iStock via Getty Images) Women continue to be underrepresented in research for heart disease, and extensive changes are needed in how women’s heart health is studied, taught and treated, a new report says. The report, published Monday as a presidential advisory from the American Heart Association in its journal Circulation, seeks to address problems that…

(Justin Paget/DigitalVision via Getty Images) Lea en español Having a baby, especially a first child, is loaded with expectations. But in addition to joyfulness, many women may experience something else they may not want to discuss: anxiety and depression. Though up to half of new mothers experience at least minor depressive symptoms, experts say the…

(Neydtstock/iStock via Getty Images) Smokers who think they can lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by sometimes smoking e-cigarettes instead of traditional ones might need to think again: A new study finds people who use both have the same cardiovascular disease risks as those who only smoke traditional cigarettes. “The fact that dual use –…