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Bad tooth-brushing habits tied to higher heart risk

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a study suggests.

Wait times for a donor heart may vary by race

Preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience longer wait times than other racial and ethnic groups.

Cholesterol should be on everyone’s radar, beginning early in life

Exposure to high cholesterol over a lifetime can increase the risk for heart attack or stroke. Scientific guidelines say managing this waxy, fat-like substance in the blood should be a concern for all ages.

It takes more than a bribe to get people to exercise

Getting people to exercise isn’t as easy as dangling money in front of them like a carrot in front of a hungry horse. It turns out, it’s better to show them the money and then threaten to take it away.

Nutrient-rich diet may help heart failure patients avoid hospital, death

A varied, quality diet could help prevent hospitalizations and even death among patients with heart failure, according to a recent study.

7 habits make for a healthy heart – and brain, too

There’s plenty of evidence showing that eating right, exercising and other good habits make for a healthy heart. Those behaviors help keep our brains sharper, too, two studies show.

Google just launched Heart Points. 5 things you need to know.

When it comes to physical activity, experts say more movement is great – but more movement with greater intensity is best. Google Fit now knows the difference.

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.

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

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