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Protein quality is more important than quantity

High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal.

How much water do we need for a healthy life?

Our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we need every day to stay healthy?

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.

High blood pressure and prediabetes together increase risk to heart

When researchers looked at prediabetes paired with high blood pressure, they found a significant increase in coronary artery disease severity and cardiovascular events.

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.

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.

To Work as Expected, Do as Directed

Medical adherence — following doctor’s orders — is a huge issue in medicine. Adherence comprises both lifestyle and medication prescriptions. Neither can work as expected if not used as directed.

Is Owning a Pet Good for You?

We know a lot of love passes between pets and their people, but does having a pet help our heart health?

12 Ways to Couple Up for Heart Health

Choosing to be heart-healthy together may help both of you meet your goals.

A Diet Soda a Day May Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a study suggests.

Temptation may be Stronger in Social Settings

According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the temptation to overeat for people trying to lose weight or maintain a lower body weight is stronger when eating in a social setting.

Does When and How Often I Eat Matter?

There are plenty of ways to eat, and they are not equal in their effect on your weight and heart health. Recently the American Heart Association investigated this topic and published a scientific statement about meal planning and the timing and frequency of eating.

Smoking and Peripheral Artery Disease

Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for developing PAD and for worsening of the disease. Some studies suggest that quitting smoking is associated with lower rates of some symptoms, serious complications and death in patients with PAD.
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Lose Weight

Learn the simple equation to taking pounds off and keeping them off.

Get Active

Use this physical activity information to help you get active and stay active, for life.

Quit Smoking

Learn the risks and quit today. We can help.

Eat Better

At the heart of good health is good nutrition.

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Cajun Jambalaya

This dish, based on a staple of Louisiana cuisine, swaps smoked sausage for chicken and shrimp—turning this into a flavor-filled weeknight dish. Consider using already-cooked packaged brown rice if you're in a pinch for time.

Tailgate Chili

Try this classic Simple Cooking with Heart chili recipe that's good for your heart. It's ready in 30 minutes!

Rockfish Fajita-Stuffed Tomatoes

You’ll be a rockstar when you serve this rockfish seafood meal to the family! Get the kids involved by letting them help stuff the tomatoes.

Zesty Avocado and Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

A light, cool and fruity treat perfect for adding color to your diet.

Velvety Avocado Pesto Dip

Guac lovers won’t be able to resist this creamy avocado dip with flavorful accents of basil and pine nuts!

Asian Marinated Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Simple Cooking with Heart Asian salad is a really delicious way to eat more vegetables and may become your new favorite salad!

Texas Caviar

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a classic and traditional Southern-American black-eyed pea salad that’s full of flavor and fresh vegetables.

Open-Faced Italian Vegetable Sandwich with Ham or Turkey

Simple Cooking with Heart offers this great-tasting decked-out sandwich that fits into a healthy eating plan.
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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.