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Expanding Heart Failure Medication Choices

A pair of heart failure (HF) drugs approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration have made their way into updated treatment guidelines.

Heart Failure Patients & Exercise

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy.

Teaming Up to Reduce HBP

When pharmacists and physicians work together, high blood pressure can be lowered for little cost.

Effects Not So Sweet

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to increased visceral fat.

Diabetes and Gender

Sex differences in type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular disease risk.

More Aggressive Treatment of High Blood Pressure Saves Lives in Study

The AHA guidelines currently recommend a systolic pressure of less than 140 millimeters of mercury for most adults with high blood pressure. But doctors say new findings presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 support a steeper goal of 120.

Short Bursts of High-Intensity Exercise May Improve Type 2 Diabetes

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, researchers reported that multiple short bursts of high-intensity exercise did more to improve some risk factors for some patients newly-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than did 30 minutes of sustained, lower-intensity exercise.

Dear Big Soda: It’s Time for a Change

There is a great debate taking place right now in America. Public health advocates are calling on soda makers to stop targeting our children and to stop targeting minorities.

World Hypertension Day draws attention to the dangers of high blood pressure

Four million people and counting have checked their blood pressure in the U.S. in an awareness campaign meant to draw attention to high blood pressure and save lives.

Left to Our Own Devices

Mobile technologies seem to show promise for helping us improve and manage our health. But what is scientific research to date showing us so far about how that promise is being met?

Struggles with Sleep May Affect Heart Disease Risk

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Physical Activity and Heart Failure Prevention

People who regularly achieved twice the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity had 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who met the minimum. People who regularly got four times the minimum physical activity recommendations had 35 percent lower risk, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
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The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure (Part Three)

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.
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The Unrelaxing Heart feat. Queen Latifah & Her Mom, Rita Owens (Part Two)

The second of our four-part series on heart failure featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens.

Big Heart Problem (Part One)

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Heart Transplant Q&A

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Progress in Explaining the Unknown

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A Not So Open & Shut Case

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Lower Blood Pressure & Cholesterol According to the Latest AHA Guideline

Although none of us can change non-modifiable risk factors such as age, gender and family history, we can embrace the modifiable changes we can make.

Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

It’s no longer as simple as seeing how the numbers stack up. New recommendations for managing blood cholesterol are steering high-risk patients and their doctors toward a more personalized approach.

Women & Stroke

Some risk factors for stroke are exclusive to women, and for this reason, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently published Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women.

Sex and High Blood Pressure

We all know that high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke and lead to cardiovascular problems. But did you know it could also impact your sex life?

The Heart of a Woman

For decades, women have been striving for equality, but one place they have reached parity is in heart disease. As with men, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women — causing a third of deaths among all women.
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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.