Heart Health

Heart Health Problems in Your 20s May Affect Brain Health Decades Later

Having health issues such as smoking, high cholesterol or a high body mass index (BMI) in your 20s may make you more likely to have problems with thinking and memory skills and even the brain’s ability to properly regulate its blood flow, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

Election stress can hurt your heart

Election stress is in full effect and it can take a heavy toll on our heart health. Like the death of a loved one or a natural disaster, the election is on par with other traumatic episodes that can trigger heart stress and exacerbate pre-existing heart conditions.

Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries, she underwent open-heart surgery as an infant to correct the way blood circulates throughout her body. Though rare, congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defects – affecting about 1% or 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

Ensuring a Heart-Healthy Pregnancy

Loryn Feinberg, MD, Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health at BIDMC, discusses how a highly specialized treatment approach is important for women with underlying cardiovascular issues who want to become pregnant as well as for women who develop cardiac problems during pregnancy.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Puts Heart Health at Risk

With February’s focus on American Heart Month, people should be aware that sleep apnea impacts heart health. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that obstructive sleep apnea affects nearly 30 million Americans, and it can lead to serious cardiovascular consequences.

Bolivian Forager-Farmers Known for Amazing Heart Health Are Splitting in Beliefs About What Makes a Good Life

A small Bolivian society of indigenous forager-farmers, known for astonishingly healthy cardiovascular systems, is seeing a split in beliefs about what makes a good life. Some are holding more to the traditional — more family ties, hunting and knowledge of forest medicine — but others are starting to favor material wealth, a Baylor University study finds.