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American Heart Month

O'Malley's Lips Sealed on Final Blog: Heart Month -- Day 28

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

A microbe attacked the lining of my heart once. In the ER, I asked the cardiologist if I was going to die. He never answered, he just sent the living will people in.

Wacky Salt-to-Potassium Ratio Doubles Heart Disease Deaths: Heart Month -- Day 27

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

A diet too high in salt and too low in potassium doubles the risk of death from heart disease, according to a Center for Disease Control study led by researcher Elena V. Kuklina, M.D., Ph.D., a nutritional epidemiologist.

Healthy Habits & Healthy Hearts

Ris Lacoste | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home
Ris Lacoste

My mother passed away from heart disease in 2010 and it was a stark lesson that unless I started to get my heart and body in shape I may be headed down the same path. I dubbed my new personal initiative RIS Walk 60 -- daily 60-minute walks to the heartbeat of DC.

Door-to-Balloon Time Shorter With EMT Diagnosis: Heart Month -- Day 24

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have been implementing strategies to decrease door-to-balloon (D2B) time. Not familiar with D2B? It's the term for the time it takes to get a heart attack victim to the hospital for a cardiac angioplasty procedure (heart cath).

Readers Inflamed: 'The Great Fat Debate' -- Heart Month Day 23

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

The crux of the matter is that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasingly thought of as an inflammation rather than a traditional "disease." Your age, gender, personal risk factors, and what you eat make a difference in when, and if, you develop this type of inflammation.

Make a Date With Your Heart

Kathy Kaehler | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Kaehler

The best way I know to get your heart in better shape is to keep in mind your heart is a muscle. To make that muscle stronger and more powerful you have to work it and fight for it. There are tremendous benefits from exercise that are too long to list. However, some still think that exercising is like a chore, so I'd rather call it being more active.

Unsaturated Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras): American Heart Month Day 21

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Some fats promote good health, some don't. The Mayo Clinic recommends you enjoy good fats -- in moderation. But today you eat. Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, you fast -- and moderation blows.

After Heart Attack 42 Percent of Women Will Die; 24 Percent of Men

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

I really don't know how I could have missed the fact that within one year of having a heart attack, 42 percent of women will die and 24 percent of men. See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics website.

Breastfeeding Has Heart and Can Save Yours

Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC | Posted 04.18.2012 | Impact
Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC

Moms have a secret weapon when it comes to reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease. That weapon is breastfeeding. Studies show that moms who breastfeed can lower their risk of developing heart disease and related issues.

The Revolution Reunite for Bobby Z and Heart Month: Day 17

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

On Sunday, Feb. 19, Bobby Z, aka Robert Rivkin, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving his heart attack with a rare reunion performance to benefit the American Heart Association with the help of his former bandmates.

Miracle Zero Carb Cranberry Juice: American Heart Month, Day 16

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Antioxidant-rich cranberry juice may boost heart health by decreasing arterial stiffness, according to a recent Tufts and Boston University study.

Don't Worry, Drink Coffee: American Heart Month, Day 15

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Despite 20 years of reassuring research, many people still avoid caffeinated coffee because they worry about its health effects. But research continues to confirm that -- in moderation -- a few cups a day is safe and even beneficial to heart health.

Day 14 of 29: Secrets to the Map of a Women's Heart

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Laughter is good for the heart -- and soul. The "Map of a Woman's Heart" (D.W. Kellogg & Co. circa 1833-1842), brings me such glee that I hope you will indulge me as I take you on a tour of it for Valentine's Day.

WATCH: Star Jones Calls Heart Disease Awareness Her 'Entire Life's Work'

Posted 02.14.2012 | Black Voices

Star Jones knows how to put up a fight. She's battled critics and colleagues and reality show nemeses, and when it comes to heart disease, she isn't b...

This Valentine’s Day, Have A (Healthy) Heart

Kathy Freston | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Freston

Today, millions of Americans will give heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to our special someones. But what about our actual hearts? While we're immersed in heart-shaped imagery today, I thought I'd take a moment to share some information on how we can become a more heart-healthy nation.

Day 13 of 29 Blogs: 'Shrooms for the Heart

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

For people who find it hard to adhere to strict vegetarian guidelines (aka no meat), there is always the part-time vegetarian plan -- Meatless Monday.

Day 10: Men, Women and Kids -- Know Your 5 Heart Health Numbers

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Here we are at Day 10 of 29 days of American Heart Month blogs. I would be remiss in not reviewing what you want to know about your heart health numbers.

Day Nine: Women Most at Risk for Heart Disease Least Aware of Threat

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

As a woman, I'd like to admit that a good deal of the time I know exactly what somebody else should do and insist they do it. I think it's called "do what I say, not what I do." To be fair, we believed for years that only men had heart attacks and women were safe.

Day 8: Know the 7 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attack

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Patricia Butts, First Lady of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, has written rap lyrics to help women remember the seven signs of a woman's heart attack -- not the same as for a man.

Day Seven: Angry? Lonely? Tired? Ask Your Heart What it Knows

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Patriots fans, take good care of yourselves -- fans of losing teams in major sporting events have been known to experience higher risks of heart attacks for a couple weeks following an emotional championship game. Don't kill the messenger!

American Heart Month: 17 Celebrities Who Faced Heart Problems

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living

In the past few years, celebrities have rallied to promote awareness for heart health -- particularly in women. Cardiovascular disease is still the nu...

Day Six: Is Obesity an Infectious Disease?

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

New findings suggest that obesity and liver disease can be caused by proteins that change microbe populations in the stomach, according to a study published in the February 2012 issue of the journal Nature.

Heart Health Month: 8 Surprising Heart Facts We Learned Over The Last Year

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.06.2012 | Healthy Living

Every February, organizations like the American Heart Association, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the CDC team up for American Heart ...

Day Four: Super Bowl 2012 -- Giants? Patriots? Winner's Fans May Get Heart Attack Protection... Seriously

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

What hasn't been emphasized in news reports is the curious reduction in heart attacks among fans of winning teams.

Day Three: Yale Heart Study Asks 'Why Do We Wait So Long?'

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Delaying treatment for beyond an hour can cause irreversible damage to the heart muscle, which is why Yale University researchers are using heart attack survivors to solve the problem of delayed care-seeking.