(Feodora Chiosea/iStock, Getty Images) Like ordering a ride or food delivery on your smartphone, keeping track of your heart rate, blood pressure or weight is just a few taps away thanks to thousands of free or inexpensive health apps. But with each click, you may be unwittingly handing over your health data to a third…

(kali9/E+, Getty Images) It is no secret. As people age, strength dwindles and their bodies become more vulnerable to illness. But many do not realize this phenomenon is defined as a syndrome called frailty, and chronic illnesses such as heart disease can cause frailty in younger people, too. Doctors are working to discover new ways…

(valentinrussanov/E+, Getty Images) Labor Day weekend is synonymous with picnics and barbecues, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, small outdoor gatherings are more popular than ever. However, food that sits out too long or is improperly prepared can lead to trouble. The good news is, that can be avoided by following a few simple steps….

(Bojan89/iStock, Getty Images) The warnings about vaping – inhaling the vapor of electronic cigarettes – tend to focus on the potential dangers to the heart and lungs. But an increasing amount of research shows the chemicals in e-cigarettes start to inflict damage right where they enter the body: your mouth. Because e-cigarettes are a recent…

(doyota/iStock, Getty Images) After nearly a decade of steady decline, the death rate for people with blood clots in the lungs reversed course and began rising over the past decade, new research finds. The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found death rates for pulmonary embolism (PE) dropped an average…

(Ponchai Soda/EyeEm, Getty Images) People with a vascular condition that commonly affects arteries in the legs could have a tougher road to recovery if they also have depression, according to a new study. The research, focusing on 1,243 people in the U.S., the Netherlands and Australia treated for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, showed women…

(vgajic/E+, Getty Images) From daily struggles like work pressure to traumatic events like the death of a loved one, everyone has felt some form of stress. People also are experiencing new stressors caused by a global pandemic. Although stress can feel like a minor inconvenience, it can have long-term health effects and should not be…

(anilakkus/iStock, Getty Images) A quick, simple questionnaire in the doctor’s office can help fight one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease – a poor diet, a new report says. What and how much you eat can affect other heart risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight. About 11…

(undefined/iStock, Getty Images) As evidenced by the countless adoring posts, cute videos and laugh-out-loud memes on social media, people love their furry feline friends. But keeping cats happy and healthy isn’t always easy. Indeed, cats suffer many of the same health problems humans do, including heart disease. “We can roughly break down cat heart diseases…

(Cavan Images, Getty Images) Marijuana use could hurt the heart and blood vessels, according to a report that found no cardiovascular benefits to cannabis use and called for more research of the drug that is growing in popularity. Cannabis studies have been limited because it is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, defined by…