Risk Factors


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

What Is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage caused by a clot in an arteries leading to the lungs, usually originating in a deep vein in the legs, arms, or pelvis.

By HealthAfter50

Heart Patients Should Protect Their Eyes

Eye protection is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you’re told you need a procedure to open a blockage in one of your heart’s arteries.

By Amy Norton

Risks and Benefits of Daily Aspirin

An aspirin a day may keep heart disease and cancer away. But the recommendation comes with caveats.

By HealthAfter50

10 Risk Factors for Stroke

Some stroke risks, such as your age, are out of your control. The good news is that 90 percent of the factors that cause strokes can be modified.

By HealthAfter50