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Heart Health

6 Ways to Give Your Child a Healthy Heart for Life

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

February is heart month -- a great time to think about heart health. While we tend to think of heart disease as a problem of adults, it can start in childhood, and the health habits of childhood have everything to do with heart health in adulthood.

6 Heart-Healthy Yoga Postures

David Magone | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
David Magone

Can't touch your toes anymore? Not to worry. Practice this short cycle of postures three times per week to improve the results of the sit-and-reach test.

8 Simple Habits That Add Up To A Healthy Heart

Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Yes, there are foods to eat (and to avoid) for a healthier heart. There are general healthy lifestyle practices, like regular exercise and not smoking...

Does A Mediterranean Diet Really Beat Low-Fat For Heart Health?

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

An article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that a Mediterranean diet is much more effective than a "low-fat diet" in preventing cardiovascular disease. A careful reading of the study reveals that this is simply not true.

6 Ways To Reap The Health Benefits Of Marriage

Posted 02.21.2013 | Weddings

By Mary Jo Rapini for YourTango.com February is heart awareness month, so this study in the European Society of Cardiology journal caught my eye. I...

5 Things White Women Know About Heart Health That Black Women Should Too

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Black Voices

African-American women are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure, putting them ahead of the pack when it comes to...

How My iPad Saved a Life: A Personal Story About the Power of Technology

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

It is a marvel of synchronicity that a TV project caused us to reconnect at this crucial time in his life. And not only that, but I now had the medical skills and decades of experience to clearly recognize his potentially-fatal condition as it unfolded before my eyes, thanks to Skype.

How To Stay Heart Healthy In February

Mirabai Holland | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mirabai Holland

February is Heart Month. Since heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, I thought I'd focus on prevention. After all, if you prevent heart disease, you're very unlikely to die from it.

Golf: The Game of Life

Thomas Moore | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

I don't like to think of the heart as a piece of plumbing, a pump, even though I come from a family of plumbers. The heart is the seat of the soul. Nor do I think of golf as mere physical exercise or as a meaningless game. With a certain frame of mind, you can see it as a spiritual practice.

My Story: 'Listen To Your Body And Find A Doctor That Will Listen'

Kimberly Binkley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Binkley

I have gone from less than 5 percent heart function almost 12 years ago to normal heart function today. I am living well after being told I had 4.5-5 years to live. Please listen to your body and find a doctor that will listen. Going to the ER that day saved my life.

Your Smart Phone Might Just Save Your Life

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

On average, 5,500 Chicagoans die of heart disease each year... I am thrilled that Chicago is at the forefront of using technology to bring health empowerment to its residents.

Every Body Walk!

Gene Gurkoff | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Gene Gurkoff

If current trends continue, then by the end of this decade, many Americans will exert only slightly more energy than if they slept 24 hours a day. Fortunately, we can all take steps to help -- literally.

Your Sweet Heart: A Survivor's Story

Tracey Conway | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Conway

Nothing is more important than cherishing and understanding the amazing organ that is your heart. Honor it, pamper it, and lovingly protect it. Make this Valentine's Day a special one for your sweet heart. The one inside your chest.

Why I Go Red for Women

Lidia Morales | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Lidia Morales

Five years later, and after overcoming the mental hurdles that often come with being a heart disease survivor, I am more accepting of what happened to me. Instead of focusing on what I might do wrong, I now focus on what is right about my life after heart disease.

Healthy Living for a Healthy Heart

Diana Le Dean | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Le Dean

By all means, pay attention when the CDC says your heart is the key to your health today and tomorrow. But don't forget that heart health is the foundation of your emotional wellness, because what you feel in the body, mind and heart all flows together.

Rewriting The Low-Sodium Rules

Jessica Goldman Foung | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jessica Goldman Foung

I refused to eat bland food or feel like a second-class culinary citizen because of my diet. And in a world where salt sits on a flavor pedestal, I decided that it was time to rewrite the low-sodium rules (uninspiring) and prove that salt-free dishes could keep up (exciting).

4 Tips For A Healthy Heart This Valentine's Day

Joy Weese Moll | Posted 04.14.2013 | Fifty
Joy Weese Moll

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day as an enjoyable activity that lifts emotions, incorporating a mindful or companionable walk and a heart-healthy meal. The holiday devoted to hearts is a good day to determine if your heart is in the right place for good health.

10 Foods To Eat For A Healthy Heart

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

February is American Heart Month, and a time to raise awareness about heart disease and to educate the public on ways we can live heart-healthier lives. Here are several foods to include in your diet this month in honor of American Heart Month.

The Worst Foods For Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living

Even if your daily diet contains healthy fare like salmon and oatmeal, your heart could still be at risk.

PHOTOS: Toni Braxton, Gabby Douglas Highlight African Americans' Fight Against Heart Disease

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 02.07.2013 | Black Voices

It's been nearly two years since U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin famously called attention to the role hair plays in the black community's ongoin...

Are You a Cardiac Time Bomb? A Simple Heart Scan Can Tell

Arthur Agatston, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Arthur Agatston, M.D.

February is American Heart Month -- a time for all of us to refocus on preventing cardiovascular disease. So, here's a pop quiz. Who is more likely to die from a heart attack or other cardiovascular-related event?

More Than Valentine's Day: Taking Care of Our Hearts

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

February is American Heart Month, which makes this a good time to talk about the ways the Affordable Care Act helps us take better care of our hearts. Right now, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The Super Bowl, Stress and Heart Health

Carol J. Scott, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol J. Scott, M.D.

This Sunday, being an avid fan during the Super Bowl game could prove deadly. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology, the emotional stress experienced by fans of a losing team could increase an individual's risk of heart attack.

#FreshFridays And More Ways To Give Your New Year's Diet A Reboot

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

January's over and by some estimates, 64 percent of our New Year's resolutions are, too. But the intersection of American Heart and African-Americ...

Heart Health Month: What Every Woman Should Know

Marlo Thomas | Posted 04.03.2013 | Home
Marlo Thomas

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in this country, and that it's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined? According to the American Heart Association, 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, and it is the cause of one in three women's deaths every year.