(vgajic/E+, Getty Images) And just like that, heart health and exercise became the talk of the town. By now it’s not a spoiler to say that in the latest “Sex and the City” revival, the character known as Mr. Big, played by 67-year-old actor Chris Noth, has an apparent heart attack after a session on…

(FG Trade/E+, Getty Images) A tool widely used by doctors to help determine who needs clot-busting therapy after a stroke has some missing pieces, according to new research that suggests adding a few simple tests could help improve treatment for people who have less common strokes in the back of the brain. Published Wednesday in…

(Orientfootage/E+, Getty Images) Treating high blood pressure during pregnancy is safe and may be helpful at lower thresholds than previously thought, a new scientific report says. “For decades, the benefits of blood pressure treatment for pregnant women were unclear,” Dr. Vesna D. Garovic said in a news release. She led a committee of experts that…

(Toa55/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Every night before bed, Pat and John Sullivan list at least three things for which they are grateful that day. Their 40 years together, each better than the last. The joy they get from art and music. Their ability to keep loving and supporting each other through all the…

Stroke survivor Elizabeth Hindinger. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Hindinger) A few days after her 42nd birthday, Elizabeth Hindinger woke up with a searing headache. A doctor gave her a prescription to treat migraines, though she’d not had them before. A couple days later, the headache unabated, Hindinger drove herself to the medical clinic in her…

Chelsey Johnson was a resident at Weld Seattle and later a house manager. (Photo by Maximilian Golub) After four years in a Washington state prison for first-degree burglary, Chelsey Johnson learned she was eligible for a work-release program that would shave the final year off her sentence. She was excited by the prospect, but also…

(Brothers91/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español The holidays are a time to share home-cooked meals, reconnect with far-away loved ones and contemplate what the next year has in store. But for nearly two years, the coronavirus pandemic has affected our ability to safely get together in person. With vaccines now widely available in the U.S….

(Christoph Burgstedt/iStock, Getty Images) Environmental exposure to low levels of toxic metals may raise the risk for developing clogged arteries, according to a study of auto workers in Spain. The findings, published Thursday in the American Heart Association’s journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, found a link between low levels of cadmium, arsenic and titanium…

Stroke survivor Bob Parker at his favorite coffee shop in Pasadena, California. (Photo courtesy of Bob Parker) Bob Parker was waiting for a parking spot at his neighborhood coffee shop when he suddenly saw a flash. His foot slipped off the break and he crashed into a pole. The café window shattered. Inside his crumpled…

Amir Snell has had two open-heart surgeries and is facing a third. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Snell) Samantha Snell drove to her doctor’s office in Uniontown, Ohio, for a routine ultrasound. Already the mother of three, she was 23 weeks along and eager to get a glimpse of her new baby boy. “Getting an ultrasound…