(Jose Luis Pelaez/Photodisc, Getty Images) Primary care doctors can play an important role in helping to preserve brain health by encouraging healthy behaviors and addressing risk factors associated with cognitive decline, according to a new scientific report. The American Heart Association statement published Monday in the journal Stroke outlines seven lifestyle targets and six risk…

(Westend61, Getty Images) Lea en español Researchers have developed a new Spanish acronym aimed to raise awareness of stroke symptoms in the Hispanic community. Known as RAPIDO, it seeks to replicate the popular FAST mnemonic that exists in English. Studies show that while Hispanic adults currently have a similar rate of stroke as their non-Hispanic…

Laurie Clinton uses vouchers for produce through the Vouchers 4 Veggies program in a photo taken before the pandemic. (Photo by Constanza Hevia) As soon as Joseph Angelo enrolled in Vouchers 4 Veggies, he started to replace processed foods with fruits and vegetables. “There were times when I’d been eating healthier, but I’d really fallen…

(JazzIRT/E+, Getty Images) Cardiac arrests caused by opioid overdose are a significant cause of death in the United States and differ from other forms of cardiac arrest, according to an American Heart Association report that calls for more education and exploring new treatments. Published Monday in the AHA journal Circulation, the scientific statement defines the…

Khadijah Ameen (left) and Mercilla Ryan-Harris at a BLKHLTH Conversation session in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Nowland and Ann Watson) When Khadijah Ameen and her fellow health activists gather in community groups in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta, everyone is in a circle. It connects to their central message: Achieving a society…

(zoranm/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Experts have a simple answer for heart and stroke patients questioning whether they should get a COVID-19 vaccination. That answer: yes. “People with all kinds of cardiovascular risk factors and disease should definitely get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19,” said Dr. Mitchell Elkind, a professor…

(JGI/Jamie Grill, Getty Images) The years in a woman’s life leading to menopause are a critical time for preventing heart disease, according to a new report that summarizes the latest science on this midlife transition and its connection to cardiovascular risks. The most recent data on the years just before menopause – a time when…

Stroke survivor Lawnae Hunter in rehab. (Photo courtesy of Lawnae Hunter) Lawnae Hunter was ecstatic to escape snowy Oregon and her hectic schedule for a 10-day Christmas vacation with her son, daughter-in-law and then-9-year-old granddaughter in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The foursome savored lounging by the pool, combing the beach for seashells and sampling…

(Tempura/E+, Getty Images) People with obesity – regardless of age – are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have higher risks for complications and death, according to new research. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Scientific Sessions, sought to shed new light “on the intersection of a global pandemic…

Dr. Anthony Fauci during a presentation Tuesday at the virtual Scientific Sessions conference. (American Heart Association) Dr. Anthony Fauci stuck to the science Tuesday in recapping the story of COVID-19, noting that while the disease has hit the U.S. hard, masks and physical distancing could help – and that vaccines are on the way. Fauci,…