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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.

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.
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An Immigrant's Heart Story

When Jang Jaswal immigrated to this country from India in 1985, he assimilated one part of American culture quite enthusiastically: “When I came here, I got hooked on fast-food fried chicken,” he said. “Every lunchtime, I would buy a bucket and eat it.”

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 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?

Don't Do What I Did!

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Glad to Be Unremarkable

New life experiences described as ‘unremarkable’ merit high approval. A doctor’s appointment that concludes with ‘unremarkable’ in your medical chart is one. A seamless, multi-stop transatlantic flight is another.
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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.

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.

Why blood pressure matters

You hear so much about blood pressure and how important it is to keep yours within a healthy range. But why is blood pressure so important to our bodies?

Simple Changes to Help you Lower your Blood Pressure

If you’ve been told by your healthcare provider that you have high blood pressure, don’t panic—it’s manageable! You can make some simple changes to your lifestyle that can help you get your blood pressure down to a healthy level.
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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.