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Smoke Gets in Your Brain

If you smoke, are overweight, or have hypertension or diabetes, your brain health may be in jeopardy, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal.

By Diane Domina

Luke Perry's Death By Stroke Is a Wakeup Call For Gen X

If you think stroke is for your parents age, well, we’ve got news for you — you are the "parent's age" now. Stroke in your 50s is not uncommon, but it is preventable.

By Abby Gardner

Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Risk

Researchers report sulfonylurea and insulin drugs can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease compared to other drugs. Here’s what you need to know.

By Mary Shomon

High-Risk HPV Linked to Heart Disease

High-risk strains of HPV linked to cancer may also be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to a study.

By Diane Domina

Heart Disease Now Affects Nearly Half of American Adults

According to the AHA's Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, 48 percent of adults in the U.S., about 121.5 million people, have heart disease.

By Diane Domina

Lymphoma Can Raise Your Heart Failure Risk

Having lymphoma or breast cancer was linked to a three-times higher risk of developing heart failure within five years of initial diagnosis.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Your Thyroid and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

If you have high-normal levels of thyroid hormone within the reference range, research now confirms that you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

By Mary Shomon

Wake Up! Too Much Sleep Could Harm Your Heart

While the adverse health effects of lack of sleep are well documented, a study suggests too much sleep may raise your risk for cardiovascular disease and death.

By Diane Domina

Miscarriage Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Two categories of women more likely to develop heart disease: Those who experience pregnancy loss and don’t have children and women have five or more children.

By Diane Domina

U.S. Metabolic Health Rates Are 'Alarmingly Low'

Just 12 percent of Americans are metabolically healthy, even if they aren’t overweight, increasing their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.

By Diane Domina