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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.

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.
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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.

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.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

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.

Understanding and Tracking Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is an important part of everyone’s health, because high blood pressure contributes to many forms of cardiovascular diseases. It benefits everyone to understand and monitor their 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.

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.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

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.

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)

Heart failure sounds catastrophic, and untreated it can be, but with treatment it is a manageable condition.

Heart Transplant Q&A

We asked two experts to clarify a few things about heart transplants in this companion piece to our Winter 2015 cover story, Giving Heart.

Progress in Explaining the Unknown

25 percent to 30 percent of ischemic strokes are unexplained. In medical language, these are called "cryptogenic strokes." Up to 200,000 survivors annually don’t know what caused their strokes.

A Not So Open & Shut Case

Many people live their entire lives and never consider the importance of healthy heart valves. But what happens when a heart valve is not working properly? Heart valve replacement survivor, Robert Epps & expert Dr. Robert Bonow tell us.
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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.