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7 Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Any physical activity that uses the big muscles of your body burns some calories. Doing finger calisthenics with your remote not so much. Here's a quick list of ways to burn 100 calories.

All in the Family

Greg Weglowski thought he was invincible. After all, he led an active life in law enforcement, ran marathons, sky dived and volunteered for the first Persian Gulf War. "I’ve always been a bit extreme," the Detroit native admitted. His family’s heart history was no exception.

A Not So Open & Shut Case

Many people live their entire lives and never consider the importance of healthy heart valves. But what happens when a heart valve is not working properly? Heart valve replacement survivor, Robert Epps & expert Dr. Robert Bonow tell us.

Dream Big!

In January 2004 during a routine ultrasound, my wife Stacie and I learned that our son, Luke, would be born with complex congenital heart defects. It was an emotional roller coaster to understand the challenges that lay ahead.

Kimberly Goodloe’s Why

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began. "I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest," she said. "It was the worst feeling."

Lunch Bucket List

One thing some of us heart patients grump about the most is having to change our diets. Give me eight new medications to take? No problem. Try to teach me new ways to manage stress? Sketchy. But eliminate my best friends, salt and fat, from my diet? No way!

Select. Store. Prepare. Devour.

For some of us, the process of selecting the best produce, storing it for freshness and longevity and preparing it in ways that get the most nutritional bang for our buck may seem challenging or complicated. Here are some tips to help you choose, store and prepare the good stuff.
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A Not So Open & Shut Case

Many people live their entire lives and never consider the importance of healthy heart valves. But what happens when a heart valve is not working properly? Heart valve replacement survivor, Robert Epps & expert Dr. Robert Bonow tell us.

Lunch Bucket List

One thing some of us heart patients grump about the most is having to change our diets. Give me eight new medications to take? No problem. Try to teach me new ways to manage stress? Sketchy. But eliminate my best friends, salt and fat, from my diet? No way!

All in the Family

Greg Weglowski thought he was invincible. After all, he led an active life in law enforcement, ran marathons, sky dived and volunteered for the first Persian Gulf War. "I’ve always been a bit extreme," the Detroit native admitted. His family’s heart history was no exception.

Select. Store. Prepare. Devour.

For some of us, the process of selecting the best produce, storing it for freshness and longevity and preparing it in ways that get the most nutritional bang for our buck may seem challenging or complicated. Here are some tips to help you choose, store and prepare the good stuff.

Dream Big!

In January 2004 during a routine ultrasound, my wife Stacie and I learned that our son, Luke, would be born with complex congenital heart defects. It was an emotional roller coaster to understand the challenges that lay ahead.

Kimberly Goodloe’s Why

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began. "I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest," she said. "It was the worst feeling."

The Three C’s of HBP

One in three American adults has high blood pressure. That’s about 80 million people, so odds are that you or someone you know has it.

Tips for Avoiding Added Sugars

Added sugars are not the friend of a heart healthy diet. Although they are not harmful to the body, our bodies don’t need sugars to function properly.

7 Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Any physical activity that uses the big muscles of your body burns some calories. Doing finger calisthenics with your remote not so much. Here's a quick list of ways to burn 100 calories.

How Do I Increase My Good Cholesterol?

High levels of HDL cholesterol — at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women — appear to reduce heart disease. That’s why it’s often referred to as "good" cholesterol.

What’s In Your Blood Vessels?

If your "bad" cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Hyperalertness & Hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Worrying Doesn’t Make Things Better

Stress may partly explain why young and middle-age women have a worse recovery after heart attack, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Creating Good Physical Activity Habits Early

The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity every day. But less than 30 percent of children meet that goal.

It Doesn’t Take Much

Middle-age women who are physically active a few times a week have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots than inactive women, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
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What’s In Your Blood Vessels?

If your "bad" cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Hyperalertness & Hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Worrying Doesn’t Make Things Better

Stress may partly explain why young and middle-age women have a worse recovery after heart attack, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

It Doesn’t Take Much

Middle-age women who are physically active a few times a week have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots than inactive women, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Raise Your Children Well

Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Don't Be A Stranger

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Improving Life with Stents

Patients who took two anti-clotting medications beyond the standard 12 months after stent placement were significantly less likely to develop blood clots within their stents or to have a heart attack than those whose treatment followed the standard 12-month protocol. This was the result found in a research study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Improving Rhythm

A new small, wireless, self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Better Results

Adding another type of cholesterol-lowering drug to statin therapy may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). That was the finding in a large, long-term study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Hands-On Improves Things

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.
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Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumber

This American Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a terrific vegetable side dish that goes well with just about any main dish you are serving. Or this can be your main dish for a meatless meal or when you want a light meal.

Salmon Loaf with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

This delicious salmon bake from Simple Cooking with Heart tastes great with our cucumber sauce, which also goes well over mixed greens or other summer dishes.

Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan

Zucchini spears are lightly browned and then sprinkled with fresh oregano to heighten the flavor of mild summer squash.

Baby Spinach and Tomato Salad with Warm Olive Vinaigrette

When heirloom tomatoes are in season, use any two red and yellow varieties in this simple salad for a beautiful presentation. Year-round, cherry tomatoes provide a bit more sweetness.

Rosemary-Peach Chicken Kebabs with Orange Glaze

End your day on a sweet note with these chicken-and-peach kebabs brushed with a honeyed citrus glaze.

Broiled Salmon Over Garden-Fresh Corn and Bell Peppers

Celebrate summer with a dish that marries seasonal local corn, bell peppers, and garden-grown basil and mint with the rich taste of salmon. Serve this dish with brown rice, wholewheat couscous, or quinoa, and dinner is ready!

Garden-Fresh Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the ultimate summertime vegetarian dish because it maximizes the garden’s bounty and it’s served at room temperature or chilled.

Warm Dill Potato Salad

Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

Seaside Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

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