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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Blood Pressure Variations May Raise Dementia Risk

In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
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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?

Not Your Average Heart Attack

Heather Meyer of North Carolina was an athletic, 40-year-old vegetarian getting ready for work when she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Life changed after that.

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.

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 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.
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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 (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.