(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…

(sasirin pamai/iStock, Getty Images) LGBTQ adults face distinct threats to their heart health – and health care providers can do more to identify and thwart those risks, says a new report that aims to point the way toward better research and care. The report, issued Thursday as a scientific statement from the American Heart Association,…

Heart disease survivor Mutha Chucka. (Photo by Harry James Hanson) Drag queen Mutha Chucka is known for splashy costumes, striking hair and makeup, and humorous, politically pointed performances. A fixture of the San Francisco nightlife scene, Mutha has blossomed into a beloved celebrity, locally and beyond. “People embraced me, and I just kept pushing the…

(zubada/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español If you live in the right neighborhood and can afford it, you might think of high-speed internet as a convenient way to connect to bingeworthy TV shows or the conference calls that let you work from home. You might take for granted that everyone has internet access. But increasingly,…

(Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock, Getty Images) Hospital patients at high risk for influenza had lower rates of death, heart attack, mini-stroke and cardiac arrest if they were vaccinated against flu during their hospital stay, a new study has found. The study focused on certain groups at high risk for flu and its complications: those 50 and older,…

(hsyncoban/E+, Getty Images) Uncontrolled blood sugar is dangerous at any time. But with mounting evidence showing that COVID-19 places people with diabetes at higher risk for severe illness, the need to keep diabetes well-managed has become more important than ever. “Diabetes is itself a risk factor for a more severe case of COVID-19,” said Dr….

(Chris Tobin/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Regular exercise could help lower the risk of high blood pressure, even in areas with heavy air pollution, according to a new study. The work analyzed data on more than 140,000 adults in Taiwan who did not have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, and who were followed for an average…