Heart Disease & Stroke : Shots - Health News Heart Disease & Stroke
Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/591513777/592823667" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Emily Blair, a medical assistant at the Colon, Stomach and Liver Center in Lansdowne, Va., takes a blood pressure reading for Robert Koenen. New guidelines say that patients should have their arm resting on a surface while taking a reading and both feet should be placed flat on the ground. Josh Loock/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Josh Loock/NPR

Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/564832694/565288760" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older. Lily Padula for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Lily Padula for NPR

Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/547580952/548415579" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ann Mazuca has diabetes and glaucoma that can be aggravated by high blood pressure. The support shown by clinic staff at the University Family Health Center Southeast, in San Antonio, helps her do what's needed to reduce hypertension, she says. "The fact that they care makes me care." Wendy Rigby/TPR hide caption

toggle caption
Wendy Rigby/TPR
John Holcroft/Ikon ImagesGetty Images

Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/526048767/526349542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Siphiwe Baleka (left) says he gained 15 pounds when he first started driving a truck; food was comfort and exercise was tough to come by. Trucking, he says, is "the most unhealthy occupation in America." Alex Smith hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Smith

Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/508014615/511267278" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Image Source/Getty Images

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504667607/504792324" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Yes, getting exercise and eating right can significantly cut your risk of developing heart disease, a study finds, even if you inherited genes that predispose you to the illness. Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Getty Images

The condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is inherited and can be a killer. But some of the genetic mutations once thought linked to the illness are actually harmless, geneticists say. Afton Almaraz/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Afton Almaraz/Getty Images

Study Of Sudden Cardiac Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/490386306/491770364" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript