Country singer Stephanie Quayle encourages women’s heart-health. She included a woman with heart disease in her latest music video, “Ugly.” (Photo by Rachel Deeb) The next time you listen to a soft, soothing song, put your hand over your heart. Count how many times it beats over the next minute. Then put on a loud, intense…

(Kittisak Jirasittichai /  EyeEm, Getty Images) Heart attacks – once characterized as a part of “old man’s disease” – are increasingly occurring in younger people, especially women, according to new research. The study presented Sunday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago and published in the AHA journal Circulation, sought to investigate…

(Tharakorn, Getty Images) Heart attacks in pregnant women are rare, but the number is rising, particularly among older expectant mothers, according to a new study that looked at the most common factors behind the increase. The number of women who had heart attacks during or after pregnancy rose 19 percent from 2005 to 2014, the…

(Victor_69, iStockphoto) Traditional risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle may not be the only predictors of Type 2 diabetes. New research points to the role that stress may play in the development of the condition in women. The study, being presented Saturday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference,…

(Edward Carlile Portraits, Getty Images) Otherwise healthy women diagnosed with postpartum depression may be at higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, a new study suggests. Acting on mounting evidence linking clinical depression to cardiovascular disease, researchers sought to explore whether other forms of depression might also increase the risk for…

(Fotyma/Envato Elements) While preeclampsia puts women at greater risk for stroke and high blood pressure following childbirth, a new study found that the pregnancy-related condition may not predispose them to significant cognitive impairment later in life. Instead, other physical and social risk factors related to the condition may be contributing to those subtle cognitive changes,…

(microgen/envato elements) More people are stepping in to help give CPR when someone’s heart stops, and first responders are intervening at higher levels – but survival rates are higher for men who have cardiac arrests than for women, a recent study suggests. Based on data for 8,100 people in 16 North Carolina counties from 2010…

(Alex9500/Envato Elements) Eating a diet that’s heavy in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts – what’s called a Mediterranean diet – may significantly reduce the risk of stroke among women, even those at high risk for cardiovascular disease, a new study shows. The study – one of the largest and longest to look at the connection…

(American Heart Association) High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe – or effective. The study published Monday in the…

Kids practice their shots at one of the WNBA’s All-Star FIT Clinics. (Photo by Jordan Johnson for the WNBA) Achieving victory in a high-stakes competitive sport like professional women’s basketball takes a lot of heart – in every sense of the word. So, as the WNBA championship finals begin Friday, it makes sense that maintaining good…