(Ronnie Kaufman/DigitalVision, Getty Images) A national program to fight high blood pressure by sending pharmacists to black barbershops could prevent thousands of strokes, heart attacks and deaths, and save the health care system $870 million a year, a new analysis shows. The research, led by Dr. Dhruv S. Kazi of the Smith Center for Outcomes…

(Jeff R Clow/Moment, Getty Images) Fears over deportation could double the risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study. Researchers followed 572 women from Mexico who were living in the Salinas Valley region of California. After four years, participants who did not initially have high blood pressure were twice as likely to…

(Christophe Launay, Getty Images) Communities suffering the most after the Great Recession had the biggest increase in heart disease deaths in the years that followed, according to a new study. After decades of decline, the rate of deaths from heart disease and stroke has plateaued in recent years, and is actually rising in some populations….

Yoga Ministry at the Trinity Community Farmers Market, where people have access to fruits and vegetables. (Photo courtesy of The Endeleo Institute) Washington Heights, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s far South Side, faces the modern-day challenge of boosting health, education and economic opportunities for its residents. At the forefront of this revitalization effort is The…

(grandriver/E+, Getty Images) Heart disease among American Indians in three regions has declined with each generation over the past 25 years, and fewer men are dying from cardiovascular events in that span, according to new findings in the largest and longest-running study of the community. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American…

Link Market offers staple grocery items in its retrofitted shipping containers and mobile units, while emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. (Photo by Serena Bugett-Teague) Every other Thursday, Kathryn McNary watches out the window of her apartment in St. Louis for the mail truck to arrive. As soon as she spots it, she…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Black or Latino patients with heart failure are less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units, say researchers who suggest that disparity – and not biology – may help explain racial gaps in how patients recover. The findings come from a review of 10 years of records from…

(nito100/iStock, Getty Images) Cardiovascular health in transgender people requires a multifaceted approach to care, according to a new report that looked at a range of issues in how hormone therapy affects heart health. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, set out to create a guidepost for future medical care by…

One of the retrofitted Fresh Truck school buses that carries fresh, affordable produce to communities in need. (Photo courtesy of About Fresh) Three converted school buses rumble through 18 low-income Boston neighborhoods. They carry the cargo that for too long has been scarce: fresh, healthy food. These mobile grocery stores, called Fresh Truck, bring some…

(Julien McRoberts, Getty Images) An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib, occurs more often among American Indians than among other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed more than 344,000 new cases of AFib in California from 2005 through 2011. On average, there were 7.5 new cases per year for…