(Cavan Images, Getty Images) It’s no secret it can be challenging to maintain resolutions about eating healthy and staying fit. And now is when good intentions – especially those that began oh-so-long-ago at the beginning of the year – can start to wane. But rather than relying on vague ideas about changing your behavior, setting…

(Ariel Skelley, Getty Images) Active-duty Army personnel have worse cardiovascular health than civilians of similar ages, a surprising new study has found. Only 30% of soldiers had ideal blood pressure, compared to 55% of civilians, researchers reported Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Only a third of both soldiers and civilians weighed…

(Klaus Vedfelt, Getty Images) Need another reason to take that vacation? It’s probably good for your heart and mind. Research over the years has suggested that holidays – and breaking away from a stressful daily routine – reap more than just scenic photos and souvenirs. One of the most-cited studies, the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention…

(Halfpoint Images, Getty Images) As people approach retirement and plan for expenses, health care is high on the checklist. Out-of-pocket medical costs will inevitably arise, but taking healthy steps heading into the golden years can help avert costly doctor visits, prescriptions and medical treatments. “Our challenge as a society is to impress upon folks that…

(o_sa, Getty Images) Pets make us healthier. They can raise our spirits, extend our lives, lower our blood pressure and make us more active, research shows. Do we do the same for them? If not, we may not be keeping up our end of the bargain. The annual survey by the Association for Pet Obesity…

(Dean Mitchell, Getty Images) Caring for a loved one with a serious medical condition can be overwhelming at times, especially with other obligations at work and home. So, it’s important for caregivers to remember to tend to their own physical and emotional health needs, too. An informal caregiver, who often is an unpaid family member…

(Hero images, Getty Images) “Fake news” has become a popular term these days. But when it comes to medical advice, fake news can result in physical harm, even death. The editors of more than two dozen cardiology-related scientific journals around the world published an editorial Monday to “sound the alarm that human lives are at stake”…

(Andrew Brookes, Getty Images) A hormone found in the blood that’s commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker, walk slower or lose their ability to balance before they’re 70. People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, walked slower and…

(Andrew Brookes, Getty Images) A hormone found in the blood that’s commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker, walk slower or lose their ability to balance before they’re 70. People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, walked slower and…

(Andrew Brookes, Getty Images) A hormone found in the blood that’s commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker, walk slower or lose their ability to balance before they’re 70. People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, walked slower and…