(Sylverarts/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español The day 23-year-old Jordan Chaffiotte was discharged from the hospital following her successful open-heart surgery should have been a happy one. A cause for celebration. Instead, she found herself sobbing in the living room with her parents and sister, struggling with guilt and depression. “Before I left the hospital,…

(Mehau Kulyk/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Hormone therapies used to treat breast and prostate cancers can raise the risk for a heart attack and stroke, according to a new scientific report that advises close monitoring. The risk is even higher for people who have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high…

(Glowimages, Getty Images) A smartphone-based screening tool can accurately detect previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that puts people at high risk for stroke, according to new research that shows it could help uncover the condition in American Indians. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reported a…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Some types of cancer may alter the appearance and function of the heart, according to new research that analyzed people’s hearts before cancer treatment. An estimated 1.9 million people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Having…