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Eric Barr: A Piece of His Mind

Eric Barr nearly died as the result of three strokes from an infected valve replacement. A professor of acting, he wrote and starred in a one-man show about his experience.

Heart Failure Series Pt 3: The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Dear Diary, Today I ate . . .

There’s good evidence that keeping a food diary helps people lose weight. And apps make it easier than ever.

Small Things with Great Love

Dancer Lindsay Davis kept collapsing during ballet class. She didn’t know she had a congenital heart defect till it almost killed her. Now she wants to save others.

Didn't Get to See Fred

Heart disease was never something I worried about much. However, when my father died at 72 during open-heart surgery, I became less cavalier and much more concerned about my own potential for a heart attack.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

Gabby McManus's Why

In August 2013, Gabby woke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders. Much worse than symptoms she’d had the previous few weeks.

How Meat-eaters Can Reduce Saturated Fat in Their Diet

When you do occasionally indulge, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of saturated fat from the meat you eat.

An App That Encourages Kids to Move

Today’s children are more involved with screens than any previous generation, and many schools have eliminated recess and physical education. Getting kids away from their screens and moving their bodies can be challenging.
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Eric Barr: A Piece of His Mind

Eric Barr nearly died as the result of three strokes from an infected valve replacement. A professor of acting, he wrote and starred in a one-man show about his experience.

Heart Failure Series Pt 3: The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Dear Diary, Today I ate . . .

There’s good evidence that keeping a food diary helps people lose weight. And apps make it easier than ever.

Cholesterol in the Family

Heart problems come early and often for people with familial hypercholesterolemia. Early diagnosis and treatment make a big difference.

Small Things with Great Love

Dancer Lindsay Davis kept collapsing during ballet class. She didn’t know she had a congenital heart defect till it almost killed her. Now she wants to save others.

Didn't Get to See Fred

Heart disease was never something I worried about much. However, when my father died at 72 during open-heart surgery, I became less cavalier and much more concerned about my own potential for a heart attack.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

Gabby McManus's Why

In August 2013, Gabby woke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders. Much worse than symptoms she’d had the previous few weeks.

How Meat-eaters Can Reduce Saturated Fat in Their Diet

When you do occasionally indulge, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of saturated fat from the meat you eat.

An App That Encourages Kids to Move

Today’s children are more involved with screens than any previous generation, and many schools have eliminated recess and physical education. Getting kids away from their screens and moving their bodies can be challenging.

Short Bursts of High-Intensity Exercise May Improve Type 2 Diabetes

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, researchers reported that multiple short bursts of high-intensity exercise did more to improve some risk factors for some patients newly-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than did 30 minutes of sustained, lower-intensity exercise.

More Aggressive Treatment of High Blood Pressure Saves Lives in Study

The AHA guidelines currently recommend a systolic pressure of less than 140 millimeters of mercury for most adults with high blood pressure. But doctors say new findings presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 support a steeper goal of 120.

Diabetes and Gender

Sex differences in type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular disease risk.

Effects Not So Sweet

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat.

Teaming Up to Reduce HBP

When pharmacists and physicians work together, high blood pressure can be lowered for little cost.

Heart Failure Patients & Exercise

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy.
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The American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute want your input to identify barriers to getting access to care, being diagnosed, getting appropriate treatment. If selected, your story could shape future research strategies – and get you a $1,000 award. Submit your story!
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Heart Failure Patients & Exercise

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy.

Teaming Up to Reduce HBP

When pharmacists and physicians work together, high blood pressure can be lowered for little cost.

Effects Not So Sweet

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat.

Diabetes and Gender

Sex differences in type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular disease risk.

More Aggressive Treatment of High Blood Pressure Saves Lives in Study

The AHA guidelines currently recommend a systolic pressure of less than 140 millimeters of mercury for most adults with high blood pressure. But doctors say new findings presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 support a steeper goal of 120.

Short Bursts of High-Intensity Exercise May Improve Type 2 Diabetes

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, researchers reported that multiple short bursts of high-intensity exercise did more to improve some risk factors for some patients newly-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than did 30 minutes of sustained, lower-intensity exercise.
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See moreFeatured Recipes

Cheese and Vegetable Frittata with Fruit Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart, Mediterranean recipe is a versatile, flavorful and heart-healthy meal for any time of day.

Green Bean Casserole

Check out this great Simple Cooking with Heart, heart-healthy version of an American holiday favorite!

Mediterranean Salad

Foods like olive oil, low fat feta cheese, dark leafy greens, beans, onions and tomatoes are all basic Mediterranean ingredients and are featured in this Simple Cooking with Heart salad!

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.

Creamy Spinach Feta Dip

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe from the American Heart Association is almost guaranteed to make any spinach "disliker" change his or her mind for sure.
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Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.