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For men under 50, the more cigarettes smoked, the higher the stroke risk

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked — and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research.

Am I getting enough potassium?

Potassium helps us eliminate sodium through our urine. It also helps ease the tension or pressure in the walls of our blood vessels. So, are you getting enough? If you are an average American, probably not.

The (Surprising) Secrets of Long-term Success

Heart attack survivor, Beth Woodard, poses an important question for heart patients: What can we do to make sure our good intentions become good practices? She shares her surprising secrets for success.

Hidden Dangers of Undiagnosed Diabetes

Adults with diabetes are two to four rimes more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes – but there are 7.6 million adults in the U.S. with undiagnosed diabetes. And as it goes undiagnosed, it’s doing damage to the body.

Taking Steps to Not Follow in Her Father's

By her own admission, Portia Rindos was doing just about everything wrong before passing out at work. At some level, she knew that was taking her down a path going nowhere good. Luckily her doctor helped her take control of her heart health.

To Lower Blood Pressure Make Changes That Matter

People can have high blood pressure for years without knowing, causing damage in the body that can’t be undone. Knowing your blood pressure number and making the changes that matter to keep it under control can go a long way toward preventing heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

Expert Tips for Starting a Physical Activity Program

Embarking on a physical activity program is a good goal, health experts say, especially if you’re doing it for the right reasons — to improve overall health and feel better. As part of such a goal, it’s important to find a fitness plan that suits your needs.

Losing Weight – A Primer

The formula for weight loss is neither secret nor mysterious — more calories burned than consumed. But if losing weight were as simple as that, then two-thirds of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese.

Salty Science

Extensive research has shown that too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, a primary cause of heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Interestingly, the salt shaker is not the culprit. Learn about the science of dietary sodium.

Love your heart, love your brain . . . it’s simple

Heart disease and brain health go hand in hand. In fact, many forms of heart disease are associated with cognitive impairment, cognitive decline or dementia. The good news? The seven simple factors for heart health support your brain health, too.

I want to quit smoking, but my family may hate me

Within 24 hours of quitting smoking, some people are irritable, frustrated, anxious and experience a number of other unpleasant effects. That’s the bad news. The good news is, there are ways to blunt those effects.

Is Fat Good for Us or Bad? Yes.

Some fat is good for us, some is bad. Here's the skinny on fats.
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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.