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Facing the Inevitable

“Your baby’s only hope for survival is a heart transplant.” No parent is ever prepared to hear those words. And you never forget them, nor who said them, nor the day they were spoken.

What's Growing in Your Child's Imagination?

What's growing in your child's imagination? Help plant the seed about how fun and tasty vegetables and fruits can be!

Kristen Holihan's Why

In 1995, Kristen Holihan got a wonderful Christmas present four days early — the birth of her son, Tyler Matesen. But she would not take him home until after the new year, and then with overwhelming fear and anxiety.

Kids and Sugar

When you’re a child, life should be sweet. Unfortunately, life may be too sweet for today’s children.

About the Kids

Proactive strategies for promoting good heart health should begin at birth, yet most American children do not meet the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal childhood cardiovascular health, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Kids Need Recess

Everybody needs a break — kids as much as anybody. Recess time has been championed as a way to help combat the nation’s childhood obesity problem. In fact, research shows it helps them learn better in school.

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.

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.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school allows you to know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.

High-schoolers who try e-cigs are more likely to smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last year, e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students, surpassing traditional cigarettes and every other tobacco product.

Giving Heart

By the time Breana Bladel was 17, doctors had done all they could for her but her heart was giving out. She went on the transplant list in the middle of January 2013. Two weeks later, the Bladels got the call. There was a heart.

One Consequence of Unhappy Youth

For the first time, experts urge early monitoring for heart and blood vessel disease among teens with major depression or bipolar disorder, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement.
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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.