'Obese' May Not Always Equal Unhealthy: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels -- while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health, a new study contends.

Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged heart valve replacement patients may have better outcomes if they receive valves made from animal tissue rather than metal, researchers report.

Report: DASH Diet Best Overall Eating Plan

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For the sixth year in a row, a panel of health experts has named the heart-healthy DASH diet the best overall eating plan, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Diets ranking.

Healthy Habits Help Reduce Risk of Heart Failure, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Following seven healthy habits might reduce your risk of heart failure, a new study says.

U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should be used to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in certain at-risk patients, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the nation's leading experts in preventive medicine.

U.S. Task Force Stays Neutral on Cholesterol Screening for Kids

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's not enough evidence to recommend screening all children and teens for high cholesterol, experts say.

Heart Disease Now Kills 1 of Every 3 Americans

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease, stroke and other heart-related diseases, a report released Wednesday says.

One in Five U.S. Kids Over Age 5 Has Unhealthy Cholesterol: CDC

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-one percent of American children and teens have some form of "abnormal" blood cholesterol reading that leaves them at heightened risk for heart disease and stroke as they reach adulthood.

Kids With Asthma, Allergies May Face Higher Heart Risk Factors: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that kids with asthma or allergies like hay fever may face as much as a doubling of their risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- even if they aren't overweight.

Screen All Kids for Cholesterol, Depression and HIV, Pediatricians' Group Says

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All kids should be screened for high cholesterol, depression and HIV, with some tests starting as early as age 9, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommends.