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Be Smart on Statins: Heart Health Can't Rely on Just Cholesterol-Cutting Drugs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Before we start indiscriminately dumping statins into the water supply as an easy way to reduce cardiovascular disease, we must individually -- patient by patient -- examine the tradeoffs.

A Litigator's Decision to Not Sue His Heart Surgeon

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew S. Doctoroff

Some hospitals embrace the type of constructive conversation in which my surgeon and I engaged, but most do not. Perhaps experiences like mine present an opportunity for the medical community.

Billion Calorie Challenge: The UnDiet Diet

Barbara Dehn | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

If you can walk, you can lose weight and get your heart in better shape. All you need is 30 minutes a day.

10 Sweet Reasons Chocolate Is Good For You

Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living

If you're a fan of the sweet stuff, you probably jumped for joy at the good news this week. Research published Monday suggested that regular chocolate...

Don't Lose Your Mind: 7 Ways To Prevent Mental Decline

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

Avoiding mental decline can now be seen as a lifestyle choice and, given the research, should be started well before one's fourth decade to ensure a pathway towards becoming a centenarian with clear focus.

7 Heart-Healthy Behaviors That Could Help You Live Longer

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living

Despite the fact that we are all generally aware of heart-healthy behaviors -- things like not smoking, eating well and exercising -- just a little mo...

Can Too Much Cardio Hurt Your Heart?

Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living

By Jeremey DuVall Marathon running has taken off in the last few years, and for good reason. Pounding the pavement offers amazing aerobic benefi...

Heart Health Month: 'I Go Red For All Of The Women In My Family'

Shermane Winters-Wofford | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Shermane Winters-Wofford

At first, I thought it was first-date jitters. I was a young, single mom at a nice restaurant with a guy I really liked. I was both excited and anxious, and I got a new outfit and got my hair done. But while we waited for our table, my excitement turned into something more.

Heart Health Month: 'I Never Expected to Become a Patient Who Needed Open Heart Surgery'

Eva Gómez, MSN RN CPN | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Eva Gómez, MSN RN CPN

It can happen to you, because it happened to me -- the nurse who thought heart disease was not on her list of life possibilities.

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.

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.

Is Fasting Good For Your Heart? American Heart Month: Day 22 (Part 2)

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Eat fat and stay fit? Seriously? Yes, according to Dr. Alan Goldhamer who explored the idea of fasting as a medicine.

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.

'Just A Little Heart Attack'

Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living

Heart disease kills more American women than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. To shine a spotlight on this i...

WATCH: Aisha Tyler And Elizabeth Rohm Talk Heart Health

Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living

For Aisha Tyler and Elizabeth Rohm, heart health is a cause that's, well, close to the heart -- both actresses have lost loved ones from heart attacks...

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.

5 Ways Yoga Promotes Heart Health

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

In honor of American Heart Month, here are five ways that yoga promotes a healthier heart.

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.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Heart Health Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Many of us only think about our hearts on Valentine's Day or when we fall in love. But according to the American Heart Association we should think about our hearts all year long!

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.

Is This Heart-Healthy Fat Part Of Your Diet?

Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty

Staying fit, avoiding cigarettes and eating a healthy diet are all vital for heart health. But according to "The Doctors," another important step towa...

Aisha Tyler Gets Serious About Heart Health

Posted 02.10.2012 | Black Voices

This year's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show marked a milestone for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and it's annual "Heart Truth"...

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 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!