(Bjarte Rettedal/Photodisc, Getty Images) A health education class tailored to South Asian culture was associated with improvements in certain cardiac risk factors and lower odds of death among participants, a new study shows. South Asians – those with ethnic descent from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives or Bhutan – develop coronary artery…

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones gives his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions. (American Heart Association) About a decade ago, scientists found that people can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke by managing seven easily understood risk factors – things like diet, exercise and smoking status. This collection was dubbed “Life’s Simple 7.” The way it…

Health experts discussed COVID-19 vaccine development and cardiovascular disease implications on Saturday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Scientific Sessions. Top row, from left: Nicole Purcell, Dr. Mikael Dolsten and Stéphane Bancel. Bottom row, from left: Dr. Mina Chung, Raymond Vara Jr., Dr. Manesh Patel, Nancy Brown and Dr. Biykem Bozkurt. (American Heart Association) Leaders…

(Obencem/iStock, Getty Images) Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help improve brain function in older adults who have a type of heart disease known to put people at risk for cognitive decline. A new study found that DHA and EPA, given in a combined supplement at prescription levels, improved cognitive function in…

(FatCamera/E+, Getty Images) Lifestyle change is a powerful, proven way for a person to prevent heart disease. But to make healthy changes stick, people often need a little help. Primary care doctors could offer crucial assistance in connecting patients with counseling that’s been shown to make a difference. But because of time constraints or other…

(Sladic/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Fresh breath, a pretty smile and healthy teeth and gums – they’re the reasons we brush our teeth each day and see a dentist twice a year. But what if brushing and flossing also helped to keep our brains – and the rest of our bodies – healthy, too?…

(ljubaphoto/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Chest pain is about more than pain in the chest. But when it comes on suddenly, experts behind new guidelines on evaluating and diagnosing it don’t want you pondering nuances. They want you to act. Now. “The most important thing people need to know about chest pain is that…

(Tero Vesalainen/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español The nightmare was so vivid that you woke up in a cold sweat, heart racing and certain that the creepy catastrophe was all too real. Should you have skipped the haunted house and those terrifying Halloween movies? More importantly, was that nightmare bad for your health? On both…

(Huntstock/Brand X Pictures, Getty Images) Lea en español Hearing loss is a natural part of aging nobody likes to admit is happening. But happen it does – and ignoring it comes with a cost. It could put you at risk for another feared consequence of aging: dementia. “The greater your hearing loss, the more likely…

(PASIEKA/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Scientists already knew radiation exposure and a lack of gravity stress the bodies of astronauts. But new research may offer a better idea of what’s driving some of that. It’s a clue that could help them measure the physical impact of space travel to detect problems earlier. It involves mitochondria,…