(13UG13th/iStock via Getty Images) Young adults diagnosed with prediabetes may be more likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks than their peers with normal blood sugar levels, according to preliminary new research. Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes….

(Neydtstock/iStock via Getty Images) Smokers who think they can lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by sometimes smoking e-cigarettes instead of traditional ones might need to think again: A new study finds people who use both have the same cardiovascular disease risks as those who only smoke traditional cigarettes. “The fact that dual use –…

(ah_designs/iStock via Getty Images) Federal guidelines geared toward curbing the overprescription of opioids have modestly reduced their use after medical procedures to implant pacemakers and other heart devices, new research shows. But researchers say more needs to be done in the face of the nation’s continuing opioid crisis. “While we have seen some response, we…

(fizkes/iStock via Getty Images) Adults who reported experiencing abuse during childhood could have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, according to new research that found risk varied by gender and race. The new study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, showed the risk lessened for white women…

(Westend61 via Getty Images) The progressive narrowing of the aortic heart valve in a group of older men could not be slowed during a recent clinical trial using vitamin K2 supplements, dampening hopes of finding a medical treatment for this common but serious condition. The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation,…

(coffeekai/iStock via Getty Images) Exposure to air pollutants – even at levels below World Health Organization air quality guidelines – may trigger a heart attack within the hour, according to a new study from China that found the risks were highest among older people and when the weather was colder. The study found exposure to…

(janiecbros/E+ via Getty Images) Over the past decade, marijuana use, both recreational and medicinal, has grown as state governments across the U.S. have legalized its use. But while it might be legal for adults to light up, the question of whether it is harmful or helpful in many cases remains unanswered. Researchers say the truth…

(Oliver Rossi/Stone via Getty Images) People taking part in the historic Framingham Heart Study are living longer and with less risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying from coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis that underscores the power of prevention, screening and treatment efforts. Scientists have known for decades about the…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library via Getty Images) Nearly 1 in 4 adults worldwide has an abnormal buildup of fat in the liver, placing them at higher risk for heart disease, according to a new science report that encourages more screening for the condition. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with non-alcoholic…

(NSA Digital Archive/iStock via Getty Images) A new set of recommendations aimed at helping doctors prevent and manage heart failure expand the focus on people at risk or showing early signs of the condition. The latest guidelines from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Failure Society of America emphasize the importance…