(JGI/Tom Grill, Getty Images) Serena Williams and Beyoncé are at the top of their professions. Williams is one of the best tennis players, and arguably athletes, of all time. Beyoncé is a singer who sells out arenas within hours. But last year, they shared similar stories: Each experienced life-threatening complications in their pregnancies. In that…

(Hero Images, Getty Images) More collaboration between cardiologists and obstetricians could help curb the nation’s soaring death rate among pregnant women, according to a new report urging more team-based care for these vulnerable mothers. Pregnant women in the United States have a higher risk of dying than women in any other industrialized country. The reasons…

Heart attack survivor Barbara Marquez at an American Heart Association 5K event. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Marquez) Barbara Marquez arrived home from the heart-health seminar inspired by what she’d heard and carrying a bag of goodies. She sat at her desk and spread out the pamphlets and trinkets. A red, heart-shaped magnet would remind her…

Susan Lucci walks the runway at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show in New York City on Feb. 7. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AHA) Around noon the day after two stents were inserted into her heart, Susan Lucci came home from the hospital, went upstairs to…

Actress Susan Lucci had an emergency heart procedure last October. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) GARDEN CITY, New York – As the saleswoman took Susan Lucci’s purchases to be wrapped, the actress felt it again – a tightening in her chest that radiated around her ribcage. She’d…

Heart transplant recipient Roxanne Watson has enrolled thousands to become organ donors. At upper right, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. Before she got a new heart, before she went on Oprah’s network, before her house was remodeled by a TV show, and before she enrolled 10,000 potential organ donors, Roxanne Watson wanted to teach history….

(Hero Images, Getty Images) For women who use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, particularly those who find success with frozen embryo transfers, recent studies have found they have an increased risk of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication and serious blood pressure condition. Now, academic researchers may have uncovered why. “Many have reported this higher incidence…

(Rawpixel/Envato Elements) Studies have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, including stronger immune systems and lower risk for asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But babies aren’t the only ones benefiting: Nursing also appears to provide health benefits for moms. Research suggests women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast and ovarian…

Kelsey Gumm made a dream board for 2018 that included being “a healthier me.” (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Gumm) Released by the Navy, Kelsey Gumm threw herself one heck of a party. She served hamburgers and pizzas, practically every flavor of potato chip, and all kinds of sweets. Entertainment came courtesy of reality TV; you…

(Eraxion, iStockphoto) When the diagnosis is breast cancer, it may be hard to focus on anything else. Still, doctors and patients dealing with that health crisis need to keep another crucial factor in mind: the heart. That’s because the two often are related, and they intersect in several ways: Breast cancer and heart disease share…