(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…

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,…

(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…

(FG Trade/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español The nation’s history of structural racism must be acknowledged as a driver of health problems and shortened lives for Black people and other racial and ethnic groups, says an American Heart Association report that seeks to spark action to fix the problem. “Structural racism has been and remains…

(Ken Wiedemann/iStock, Getty Images) The good news is that after a long, heated, divisive campaign, the polls have closed, and the pre-election stress is over. The bad news is that now it’s time for post-election stress, and the accompanying health risks are still here. “People often get very invested in the results of an election,”…

(LWA/Dann Tardif, Getty Images) Pregnancy-related heart attacks – especially in the period after childbirth – are on the rise in women who are 30 or older, according to new research. Although still considered uncommon, a study of nearly 11.3 million records for pregnancy, labor and postpartum cases showed that nearly three-fourths of the 913 women…

(Jolygon/iStock, Getty Images) Almost 30% of adults younger than 45 don’t know the five most common symptoms of a stroke, according to new research. At the same time, stroke is on the rise in that age group. Each year, 10% to 15% of the nearly 795,000 people in the United States who have a stroke…

(Shidlovski/iStock, Getty Images) If you want to protect your brain, get busy protecting your heart. Lifestyle behaviors that boost cardiovascular health, such as physical activity and quitting smoking, also contribute to good cognitive health. It starts with adequate blood flow. “If the heart isn’t pumping strongly or the blood vessels leading to or in the…

(Roger Ashford, Getty Images) About 40 million adults in the U.S. take a statin to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease. They might also be getting an added anti-cancer benefit, a growing body of evidence suggests. Scientists first began investigating a connection between statins and cancer while looking at the drug’s…