(Simon Fuller Imagery, Getty Images) Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But what about breathing? Researchers have long been concerned about air pollution’s effects on pregnancy, with possible consequences ranging…

(Dougal Waters/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated. Barely more than a week into summer and as heat waves blanket Europe and the eastern United States, what are the risks for expectant mothers? “It’s not unexpected to see pregnant…

Pat and Bill Logan. Their son, Jeff, started a fundraiser to honor Pat, who died in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Logan) Jeff Logan was a teenager when he started bonding over basketball with his mom, Pat. This is the 10th year he’s had to fill out his NCAA tournament bracket without her. But Jeff,…

Sally Ross Soter is winner of the American Heart Association’s 2019 Award of Meritorious Achievement for her work advocating for women’s heart health. (Photo by CAPEHART 2018) Sarah “Sally” Ross Soter remembers casually picking up a Time magazine while waiting to see her doctor. Glancing at the cover, the startling headline caught her attention. It…

(Brill via Depositphotos) Taking good care of your health, especially your heart, is important during pregnancy. But preconception care – the care you get before becoming pregnant – can be just as critical for both mom and baby. “There are demands that get placed on the heart during pregnancy,” said Dr. Maria Sophocles, an OB-GYN…

Brenda Houston is winner of the American Heart Association’s highest staff award. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Houston) The woman who inspires Brenda Houston’s American Heart Association work was her best friend – her mom. “When I was 21, I lost my mom to a massive heart attack,” said Houston, an executive director and senior vice…

(Rawpixel, Envato Elements) Even with supportive spouses, many women still find themselves helping the kids with homework and cleaning up household messes, often while scrambling to make dinner after a 10-hour workday filled with deadlines and challenging colleagues. All that stress could put women at higher risk than men for having a stroke or developing…

Jean McSweeney will receive the American Heart Association’s 2019 Healthcare Volunteer of the Year award for her work studying cardiovascular risk in women. (Photo courtesy of Jean McSweeney) For Jean McSweeney, the call of volunteerism came early and unexpectedly. As a grade school student in rural Wooster, Ohio, McSweeney was racing toward a building with a…

(Monkeybusiness, envato elements) On Mother’s Day, it’s time to celebrate mom with a special meal or a fun family outing. It’s also an opportunity to embrace and encourage everyday healthy choices for all women. A nutritious diet and physical activity are essential in preventing heart disease and promoting overall good health for today and the…

(Urbancow, iStock Photos) Bad news for women who carry fat around their waist rather than on their thighs: New research finds that postmenopausal women shaped like apples are at higher risk for stroke and heart attack than their pear-shaped counterparts. Several recent studies have found that body fat distribution is a better predictor of heart…