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Diet Drinks Linked to Stroke and Dementia

Drinking diet beverages daily has been linked to increased risk of stroke and dementia. Here’s what to know.

By Andrea Klausner

How Depression and Anxiety Can Harm Diabetes Patients

Depression and anxiety are more common in people with type 2 diabetes. Those conditions, which tend to coexist, increase heart disease risk.

By Lauren Arcuri

Hospital Waits Are Risky for Stroke Patients

Every minute counts during a stroke, but disabling or deadly delays occur frequently after patients reach a hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

By Pete Kelly

5 Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Here are five factors that put you at higher risk.

By Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D.

Higher Blood Pressure Target Linked to Greater Stroke Risk

Research suggests that raising the target for high blood pressure treatment may increase stroke risk.

By Sherrie Negrea

Depression Can Raise Heart Disease Risk

Having recurrent episodes of depression may greatly increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

By Jeff Bauer

Risks of Sleep Apnea for Angioplasty Patients

Have you had an angioplasty? And do you have sleep apnea? Patients with well-controlled apnea fare better than those whose symptoms go untreated, a study shows.

By Amy Norton

Don't Let High Blood Pressure Ruin Your Vision

High blood pressure can damage small blood vessels that supply the retina, an area at the back of the eye that’s essential to vision. Here’s what to know.

By HealthAfter50

Air Quality: What Can Make You Sick?

Air quality can cause inflammation, respiratory distress, and asthma aggravation. Here’s what to know before you go outside.

By Laurie Saloman, M.S.

Tracking Blood Pressure Helps Gauge Health Risks

Tracking blood pressure over time provides a better picture of overall health than a single blood pressure reading, according to a long-term study.

By Sherrie Negrea