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Pedal Power = Prevention

Recreational, commuter biking linked to lower cardiovascular disease risk

Getting the Big Number Down

Lowering blood pressure's top number could prevent 100,000-plus deaths a year

Smoke Gets in Your Genes

Smoking leaves historical "footprint" in DNA

Getting Blood to the Brain

High blood pressure and brain health are linked

Risk for Pre-Menopausal Women

The severity of key risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke appears to increase more rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, rather than after.

Eating More Whole Grains Linked with Lower Risk of Death

Although dietary guidelines around the world have included whole grains as an essential component of healthy eating patterns, people aren’t eating enough, according to the analysis. In the United States, average consumption remains below one serving a day, despite the long-time recommendation of three servings a day.

Fishing for Improved Recovery

Giving heart attack patients a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, daily for six months after a heart attack, improved the function of the heart and reduced scarring in the undamaged muscle, according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

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.

Prehypertension During Pregnancy Could Lead to Cardiovascular Risks

Pregnant women who experience persistent blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of normal may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome and increased cardiovascular risk after giving birth, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Inherited High Cholesterol Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their parents are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, including an accelerated onset of coronary heart disease by up to 30 years.

Nearly Half of All Heart Attacks May Be Silent

A heart attack does not always have classic symptoms, such as pain in your chest, shortness of breath and cold sweats. In fact, a heart attack can occur without symptoms; that is called a silent heart attack.

High Blood Pressure Linked to Short-, Long-Term Exposure to Some Air Pollutants

Both short- and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood pressure.
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After a Heart Attack: What Happens Now? (Part One)

If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Many survivors feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack. Read the first in our four-part After A Heart Attack series to help guide your steps and connect with resources to support your recovery.

How Much Physical Activity Should I Get?

The important thing about physical activity is that you do some. Depending on your current state of health, the amount and intensity recommended may vary a bit.

Feelings After a Heart Attack

People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance.

What NOT to Do

When a person is having chest pain, within which timeframe should you call 911? The answer may seem obvious, but I became a CPR instructor because we did everything WRONG when my husband, Steve, had a heart attack in 2007.

33 Stents and Counting

My heart trouble started in 1997, when I was 50. Driving to work with my wife, Gerri, one morning, I stopped at a convenience store for coffee. Suddenly I started to get chest pains and could not breathe very well.
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Hyper-K: Not Good for Your Heart

Hyperkalemia is too much of a good thing: potassium. When it occurs it can interfere with the electric signals produced in the middle muscle tissue of the heart, possibly leading to different types of heart rhythm problems.

Feelings After a Heart Attack

People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance.

Up and At 'em! (Part Two)

In the 50s, after a heart attack a patient was likely to have their doctor prescribe 12 weeks of bedrest. Today’s patients may not even get 12 hours before they’re out of bed. Part two of our four-part After A Heart Attack series focuses on cardiac rehabilitation.

Hearts Aquiver

Even if you have it, you may have never have felt the quivering atria at the heart of atrial fibrillation (AFib). When the heart’s upper chambers (atria) quiver irregularly instead of beating strongly and consistently, it can lead to trouble in the form of blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications.

Helping People With Type 2 Diabetes Control CVD Risk

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, accounting for up to 95 percent of diagnosed cases in adults. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes.

After a Heart Attack: What Happens Now? (Part One)

If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Many survivors feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack. Read the first in our four-part After A Heart Attack series to help guide your steps and connect with resources to support your recovery.

Risk in the Veins

Blood clots. That’s a good thing when you cut yourself, but blood can also clot inside the blood vessels, and that can cause serious, sometimes devastating, health problems.

Preparing for Advanced Heart Failure (Part Four)

When heart failure progresses to an advanced stage, there are many decisions to be made. In this final installment of our four-part series, we delve into the importance of shared decision making.

Understanding Vascular Dementia

Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) — also known as vascular dementia — affects thinking, memory, the ability to shift focus and more. There is no cure, but it may be that a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent it. From Stroke Connection magazine.

Cholesterol in the Family

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