(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…

(Tetra Images, Getty Images) Heavy drinking could lead to heart tissue damage even before concerning symptoms arise, according to a new study. The results back previous studies that have shown too much alcohol intake can increase the risk of heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attack, arrhythmias, stroke and death. “By measuring the level of…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the parties and celebrations. Indulging a little won’t hurt – if you plan ahead for meals that are healthy, too. The key is to be prepared for the three-month period that begins with Halloween treats and winds up with New Year’s festivities….

(Christoph Burgstedt/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Advice for how to eat a heart-healthy diet should focus on food that is naturally low in cholesterol, according to a new advisory that says research doesn’t support a specific numerical limit on cholesterol from food. That means eating foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins…

(Olena Rudo/500px, Getty Images) Following a vegan diet for five weeks may decrease risk factors for heart disease, new research shows. The study included 50 African Americans who were asked to eat only prepared meals delivered to their homes. A cardiovascular risk calculator was used to assess their risk of heart attack or stroke over…