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Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

Cardiac arrest survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains. A team of researchers uncovered important connections in the brain of comatose patients that might help doctors know how best to treat them.

The Dangers of a Lonely Heart

A heart failure patient who often feels lonely or left out is more likely to require hospitalization than one who rarely feels socially isolated, a study shows.

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Stress linked to behaviors that increase heart disease, stroke risk in African-Americans

Daily stressors are associated with poor health behaviors that put African-American adults at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, a study finds.

More than 100 million have high blood pressure

The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association.

Say OMMMMMM ... Meditating may be good for your heart

Research suggests that there is a possible modest benefit from various types of “sitting meditation.”

Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds.

Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

Women with bigger waists relative to their hips face a higher risk of heart attacks than men with a similar body shape, according to a new study.

Eating almonds and dark chocolate lowers bad cholesterol

Eating nearly one-third a cup of almonds a day — either alone or combined with almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons of cocoa a day — may reduce a risk factor for coronary heart disease, according to a recent study.

Study Suggests Botox may help prevent AFib after heart surgery

Best known for smoothing facial wrinkles, the neurotoxin Botox® could one day have a new use: stopping an abnormal heart rhythm that sometimes develops after heart surgery.

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells

Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings — including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral — may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, recent research indicates.

A new hope for heart failure comes from umbilical cords

The blood from a baby’s umbilical cord is teeming with stem cells — the “blank slate” cells with the ability to become a muscle cell, a brain cell or any other type of cell in the body.
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The Ups & Downs of Blood Pressure

Perhaps you have noticed, your blood pressure fluctuates, sometimes by quite a bit, and considering the many warning we have all heart about high blood pressure, those variations may be worrisome. So, are we right to be worried?

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.

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Feelings After a Heart Attack (Part three)

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.

Don't Do What I Did!

Keith Short is blessed to be alive - a doctor told him so as he let him know his heart had sustained serious damage that could not heal or be repaired. Keith wants others to not do what he did.
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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.

Strong Survivor

Around 2008, a visit to a cardiologist produced a wait-and-see diagnosis. The doctor didn’t say anything more about it, and Susan didn’t ask. She had no idea that a murmur was connected to valve disease.

The Early Stages of Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD is a progressive disease that can limit circulation to the limbs, organs and brain. Left untreated, serious consequences like infections – even the need for amputation – may result. Early diagnosis can make a big difference.

Understanding Cholesterol-lowering Drugs

Keeping cholesterol under control is essential to our health. Doing so may mean taking prescribed medication. We’ve got the scoop on the various treatments and how they work to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The Ups & Downs of Blood Pressure

Perhaps you have noticed, your blood pressure fluctuates, sometimes by quite a bit, and considering the many warning we have all heart about high blood pressure, those variations may be worrisome. So, are we right to be worried?

Educate, Advocate & Change Your Ways: Living with PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head — most commonly in the arteries of the legs. Survivor Elizabeth Beard shares the wisdom of her experience with PAD.

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Under Pressure: Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension

Just like those throughout the rest of your body, the blood vessels in the lungs are susceptible to hypertension. Blood pressure in the lungs is a different measurement than blood pressure throughout the rest of the body.

Why Cholesterol Matters

Cholesterol can be confusing — how can something that is necessary for human life, that is present in every cell, be bad for us?

After a Heart Attack: Don't Wait for a Second (Part Four)

In this fourth and final installment of our After a Heart Attack series, we want to share five steps you can take to prevent a second.
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Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

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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.