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Maintaining excellent cardiovascular health may lower the risk for abnormalities in the small vessels of the brain, a new study suggests.

Scientists aren't sure what causes the condition, known as cerebral small vessel disease, or CSVD. Previous research shows CSVD contributes to about half of dementia cases, a quarter of clot-caused strokes and most bleeding strokes.

For the new st...

Fatima Mathews knew something wasn't right. She was more tired than she'd ever felt in her life.

"You just had a baby," her doctor reminded her. "It's normal to be tired."

She'd been feeling tired – and bloated and swollen – since the last few months of her pregnancy. And now it was time to go back to work. Mathews told herself she'd be fine.

But she didn't feel fine as sh...

While most people know that breathing in wildfire smoke isn’t good for respiratory health, they may not know that unclean air is also problematic for the heart.

Individuals with underlying

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 15, 2022
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  • At 21, Chris O'Connell learned his pediatric cardiologist had retired. He was assigned a new doctor for the annual checkups he'd had all his life.

    "I know you've been told to not exercise hard or strain your heart, but that's the old way of thinking," the cardiologist told him. "Think of your heart as a muscle that needs to be worked out."

    Chris was blindsided.

    "Are you seriou...

    A visit to the dentist's office could provide a glimpse into your heart and brain health.

    More than an estimated 100 diseases can show symptoms in the mouth. For instance, periodontal disease, which results from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that support and surround the teeth, is more common and may be more severe in people with diabetes.

    Other times, prescriptio...

    Megan Buchholz groggily read the notification from her smartwatch. Its vibration had roused her out of a deep sleep.

    At 3 a.m. on a Monday this past March, she read an alert that said the device identified an irregular rhythm suggestive of atrial fibrillation, or AFib, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

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    In the past, school cafeterias might have served as a source for more punchlines than nutrition. But lunch is a more dynamic and, these days, healthy part of students' lives than many people realize.

    Some of its importance is obvious. "You really don't need to do a study showing that if kids are hungry, they're going to have a harder time in class," said Marlene Schwartz, director of the ...

    Caffeine jump-starts your day and puts a bounce in your step. It can help you focus, improve your mood and maybe even help you live longer.

    But how much is too much?

    Caffeine, a natural stimulant, can be found in a variety of foods, such as coffee beans, tea leaves, cacao beans, guarana berries and yerba maté leaves. It also can be synthetically created and added to beverages such ...

    If the left upper chamber of your heart doesn't work properly, do your chances of dementia climb?

    Yes, suggests new research that found it may raise the risk by 35%, even in people who have never had a

  • By Sydney Murphy HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 8, 2022
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  • At Susan Mangini's checkup at age 2, the doctor subbing for her pediatrician asked about the girl's heart murmur.

    Mangini's mother was stunned. No one had ever mentioned a problem with her daughter's heart.

    Doctors ultimately found the little girl had pulmonary stenosis, or a narrowing of the valve between her lower right heart chamber and the artery that carries blood to the lungs....

    The consequences of heart disease often don't show up until someone is well into adulthood. Why should busy parents be thinking about it in their kids?

    "Because it's probably way easier to prevent the development of cardiac risk factors than to try and get rid of them once they've developed," said Dr. Sarah de Ferranti, a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children's Hospital. "Prevention r...

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When gout flares up, the joint pain is often excruciating. But that's not the only worry tied to this common inflammatory arthritic condition.

    A new British study warns that gout flares double the risk for

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 3, 2022
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  • Minutes after a heartbeat stops, a massive series of disastrous events triggered by lack of blood flow begins to destroy a body’s cells and organs.

    This chain of events had been thought to be inevitable and irreversible. Now, a new animal study shows that

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 3, 2022
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  • Taking blood pressure readings from both arms and using the higher reading would more accurately capture who has high blood pressure – and is at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and death – than relying on readings from a single arm, new research suggests.

    While current recommendations call for using the higher arm reading, there was previously no evidence in the scientific l...

    TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests.

    The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of...

    Three days after giving birth to her son, Anthony, Tanya Lydon was still in the hospital. She thought the lengthy stay was a little odd, but at the same time, the doctor gave no indication that anything was wrong, so she tried not to worry.

    Her suspicions intensified after a nurse brought an electrocardiogram machine into the room. The device was going to measure the electrical activity o...

    A massive new study spotlights the toll methamphetamine use may take on heart health, suggesting men, people with kidney disease and those with high blood pressure are especially at risk.

    The findings, published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, indicated people who used meth faced a 32% overall increased risk for cardiovascular disease, with especially high risks f...

    When a medical technician demonstrating to a high school class how to check blood pressure asked for a volunteer, 15-year-old Katie Moegenberg got the nod.

    The man took the reading, then told her, "Whoa, your blood pressure is kind of high. We'll need to tell your parents."

    A doctor's visit confirmed she had high blood pressure, also called hypertension. A cardiologist said it was l...

    Let's not beat around the bush: Blueberries are good for you.

    This will come as no surprise to many Americans, who have found their thrill with blueberries in ever-rising numbers. It's easy to understand why. Not only do they taste great, but studies keep suggesting more reasons to embrace them.

    "They're the kind of things we should be eating," said Eric Decker, professor of food sc...

    Napping, as well as sleeping too much or too little or having poor sleep patterns, appears to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease in older adults, new research shows.

    The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting sleep's importance to good health. The American Heart Association recently added sleep dur...

    TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged people could add years to their lives just by getting off the couch and going for a walk every day -- though it wouldn't hurt to do even more, a large new study suggests.

    The researchers followed over 100,000 Americans for decades and found what many have shown before: People who exercise as much as health experts r...

    A potentially dangerous change in heart rhythm is common after surgeries that don't involve the heart, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

    Dr. Konstantinos Siontis and colleagues studied patients who had atrial fibrillation (a-fib) after a noncardiac surgical procedure. These patients represent about 13% ...

    New Year's Eve 2018 was no party for Maria Philippon.

    The manager of a banking call center in Orange County, Calif., she finished work and headed for her car. She stopped three times to catch her breath. She thought she might have to crawl on her hands and knees. By the time she made it 20 minutes later, she was dripping with sweat.

    Frightened, Maria immediately called her doctor. S...

    Scott Kern didn't have much time to exercise.

    An executive at a chain of discount stores, he got to work early to get a head start on what often was a 12-hour workday. His incentive was getting home early enough to see his young daughter, Katie, before she went to bed.

    Scott, who lives in Norfolk, Va., was in relatively good shape. He grew up playing sports but hadn't worked out reg...

    The day Reina Pomeroy unintentionally became an expert on how natural disasters affect children began pleasantly enough.

    On that sunny December morning, she and her husband, David, had taken their sons, ages 7 and 2, out for a hike near Boulder, Colorado. Fierce winds sent them back to their home in nearby Louisville, which they had moved into about five months earlier.

    Around 11:30...

    Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you're done for extra heart health benefits.

    That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.

    The new study didn't look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some...

    Forget what you thought you knew about catching COVID-19 more than once. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, keeps evolving -- and so has information about your risk of being reinfected.

    "Two years ago, we thought if you had COVID once that you would never get it again," said Dr. Preeti Malani, an infectious disease physician at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But especia...

    Peyton Bono makes sure her friends know the drill.

    If they're at a pep rally, for instance, and it's a hot day and she's starting to feel dizzy and unsteady, they'll probably see her count her heart beats.

    If she's too overcome to speak, they should bring her ice and water and get her to a cooler spot.

    And if anything seems off about her health, they should alert her mother.

    Adults from the most socially vulnerable counties in the U.S. were more likely to die or experience serious heart problems when hospitalized for COVID-19 than those from less vulnerable areas -- even after accounting for differences in underlying conditions or the severity of their COVID-19 infection, new research shows.

    Patients from the most vulnerable areas also were more likely to be ...

    Whether presenting a closing argument to a jury as a lawyer or singing on stage as a professional musician, Valerie Giglio of Stoneham, Massachusetts, knows how to work a crowd.

    "You're performing either way," she said.

    When she was 42, she lost the ability to do both. All because of a sudden head turn.

    The motion caused a sharp pain in her neck that persisted for several days...

    While many people suffer from depression after a stroke, a new study suggests depression often occurs beforehand and may be a warning sign.

    "The study underscores why doctors need to monitor for symptoms of depression long term in people who have had strokes," said study author...

    A week after Christopher Holton got a clean bill of health from his doctor at his annual physical, he set out for his daily walk on a wooded trail near home.

    Holton, a 52-year-old former youth football league coach and multiple-mile-a-day walker, meandered along the paved trail in Mechanicsville, Maryland, that's popular with runners and cyclists. Most days he walks with friends. That Sat...

    Flu-like illnesses can increase the risk for stroke among adults, but being vaccinated might lower those odds, especially among those under 45, new research finds.

    The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, found flu-like illnesses increased the odds of having a stroke in the month following infection, with the highest risk among unvaccinated 18- to 44-y...

    Calli Varner set the clock early so she could pack up after a relaxing Thanksgiving stay with her parents last November in her childhood home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. After a week of holiday indulgence, she was eager to go back to her usual healthy meals and frequent spin classes.

    It was Sunday morning, and she and her cat, Lieutenant Dan, would soon start the nearly four-hour drive ...

    Documented cocaine and marijuana use among young adults who had strokes rose substantially in recent decades, especially among white men and women, new research suggests.

    Overall, however, documented substance use among stroke patients was highest among young Black men. The authors of the study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggested that bias in wh...

    DeAnn Bartram was 16 when her father felt like he had a virus he couldn't shake.

    Doctors said he had cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle can thicken, interfering with normal blood flow. Make a will, they said. Then they recommended he get a heart transplant.

    Nicholas Cirino was 37 and owned a landscaping business in Cleveland. He and his wife, Reba, flew to California...

    Typically in season from July to September, peaches are a staple of summertime salads, meals and desserts. They're also a popular choice for nutritionists, who say their sweet taste makes it easier for people to add them to their diet.

    "They're in season for a fairly short time, so enjoy them as a fruit choice when locally grown peaches are available," said Judith Wylie-Rosett, a professo...

    If you survive cancer, you're more apt to have heart trouble later on, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that compared to others, cancer survivors had a 42% greater risk of heart disease, most likely due to

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 30, 2022
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  • Noelia Gutierrez appreciated her mother traveling from New York to Florida to help with the arrival of her third child. One day, Gutierrez decided to have a fun lunch: She would introduce her mom to sushi. And her brother, a flight attendant who was on the road, would witness the occasion via video chat.

    Holding her 8-day-old daughter against her chest, Gutierrez was eating at her kitchen...

    Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that.

    Since 2010, the American Heart Association has said seven modifiable components -- maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar -- were key to ideal cardiovascular...

    Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need the specialty care are still more likely to receive it at a hospital with fewer resources.

    And this can hurt the...

    As she finished mowing the lawn of her home in Girard, Ohio, Amy Kren had a somewhat familiar feeling.

    The shortness of breath and tightness in her chest seemed like another asthma attack. She went into the garage and put a hand on a lawn chair to steady herself and placed her other hand on her chest, trying to catch her breath. The symptoms didn't subside so she went into the house and t...

    Your favorite summertime playlist probably has more songs about surfing than about potential health risks. But with much of the nation having already sweated out a historic heat wave in June, health experts would like to add a note of caution to the mix.

    Hot weather is like a stress test for your heart, said Dr. Lance Becker, chair of emergency medicine at Northwell Health, a health care ...

    Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

    The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, only...

    The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill.

    For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling -- including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers -- are processed or high in saturated fat and sodium, which contribute to heart health risks. And studies show ...

    Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage.

    "There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful...

    After decades where millions of Americans who were at risk for cardiovascular trouble were told a daily low-dose aspirin would guard against strokes and heart attacks, new guidelines issued this spring recommend that the strategy is not worth the bleeding risks in those over 60.

    That's been plenty confusing for patients who aren't sure what is the safest course forward.

    Diane Manzel...

    Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking.

    While there is some research showing that a daily multivitamin may slightly reduce cancer risk, the bigger pictur...

    Danny Saxon was finishing a job repairing and cleaning a pool this past February when he started feeling like he had bad indigestion.

    He popped a couple antacid pills and chugged a few bottles of water. He tried to make himself burp, hoping that would alleviate the pressure.

    Minutes later, both his arms started tingling, almost vibrating, like all the muscles in his arms were tighte...

    Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.

    A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.

    When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in

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