Computer artwork showing the valves of the heart. (SCIEPRO/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) People with heart valve disease have a growing number of treatment options that could allow them to avoid surgery except in the most severe cases, according to new guidelines. The recommendations, meant to advise health care providers and developed jointly by the…

(Oliver Rossi/Stone, Getty Images) Heart disease and depression are interwoven, and a new study is helping unravel that connection by linking depression with poorer scores on seven important measures of heart health. The research included more than 4,000 people taking part in a national survey who had been screened for depression using a basic questionnaire….

(zoranm/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español For people who have heart disease, getting a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of dying or developing serious heart-related complications, a new analysis shows. The meta-analysis of 16 randomized and observational studies covered the experiences of more than 237,000 people. It concluded those with heart disease who were…

(DanielBendjy/E+, Getty Images) Asian immigrants in the United States are a widely diverse group with heart health risk factors that vary depending on where they are from, new research shows. It’s the first study to divide Asian Americans into subgroups to see how their risk factors for heart disease differ from their U.S.-born white peers….

(Malven/iStock, Getty Images) The risk of heart attack is significantly higher in people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, a new study of U.S. veterans shows. Past studies have found post-traumatic stress disorder is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Veterans have disproportionately high rates for PTSD as well as traumatic brain injury,…

(Michael DeYoung, Getty Images) Physical activity may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease among American Indians, according to new research that also studied inflammation’s role in exercise and heart health. Past studies of people from all populations show that inflammation plays a central role in heart disease, and that exercise might reduce inflammation…

(Elizabeth Castaneda/EyeEm, Getty Images) Fighting fires comes with many risks. But new research shows there’s a new one to consider: increased exposure to fires appears to raise the likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation, or AFib, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other problems. Researchers found the more fires…

(Jackyenjoyphotography/Moment, Getty Images) A daily checklist, meticulous hand-cleaning and a multidisciplinary health care team are all ways to cut down on costly – and sometimes deadly – complications in the cardiac intensive care unit, according to a new report. The American Heart Association scientific statement, published Thursday in the AHA’s journal Circulation, lays out the…

(izanbar/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Centuries before bacon cheeseburgers, cigarettes and couch potatoes, people had clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. How do we know this? Mummies told us. No, not the groaning, wrapped-in-gauze, walking-with-arms-straight-out mummies that come to life in scary movies we’ll be watching this Halloween season. For…

(Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Heart attack risk increases quickly after a flu-like illness, while stroke risk rises slower, according to new research. The study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, examined the relationship between the flu, heart attacks and strokes, which all occur more frequently during winter months. Researchers…