On March 1, 2019, Alfredo Fresnedo had a weird feeling in his stomach on the way to work as a real estate agent. He dismissed it as lingering effects of the stomach virus he’d had the week before that had left him unusually weak. As the symptoms faded away, he drank some water, got to…

(oatawa/iStock, Getty Images) Combine the vast power and reach of social media, the unlimited resources of websites and apps, and the unquenchable thirst for health information and motivation. The result is a powerful tool for researchers, health care providers and patients. But like many aspects of the internet, it can be a mixed blessing. “Social…

(LaylaBird/E+, Getty Images) Most people realize getting medical help quickly is crucial in response to a heart attack or stroke. But it’s important to know the signs so you can act. “It is an emergency. People need to call 911,” said Dr. Erin Michos, associate director of preventive cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center…

(margouillatphotos/iStock, Getty Images) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them. Grapefruit looks sweet and friendly, but you might have heard it possesses powers far…

(serezniy/iStock, Getty Images) Tobacco smoke from hookahs may cause blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke, according to new research conducted in mice. Hookah, also called “waterpipe smoking,” is a method of smoking tobacco that is often perceived as less harmful than cigarettes. It consists of a head that holds the tobacco,…

(izusek/E+, Getty Images) Too few Medicare recipients take part in cardiac rehabilitation despite the services being available to them, according to new research that showed women, the elderly and minorities are most likely to miss out. “Cardiac rehabilitation has strong evidence demonstrating its lifesaving and life-enhancing benefits, and Medicare Part B provides coverage for the…

(Dean Mitchell, Getty Images) CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – It’s a crisis as invisible as it is inevitable: As America’s population ages, more people are grappling with the problem of how to care for elderly family members. But few people are financially or emotionally prepared, and many suffer without support because they don’t know where to turn…

Bobby Ballard with his collection of medals earned since beginning his fitness journey in 2010. (Photo by Jane Ballard) Because his parents owned the Hertz franchise at the airport in Joplin, Missouri, Bobby Ballard figured he would eventually work there. At 24, though, he wanted to do something else. He took a job with Frontier…

(Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) The most-read stories of the year include pieces on intermittent fasting, Susan Lucci and aspirin. Hookah smoking topped the list of most-watched videos. TOP STORIES 1. Avoid daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it, new guidelines advise A new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy advises against daily…

(American Heart Association) Want a holiday snack that’s packed with nutrition? Pick up some pecans. Nuts are considered heart-healthy. They’re part of the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet and full of “good” fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, said Ginny Ives, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Pecans are…