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Heart Month

And the Award for Best CPR Performance Goes To...

Marion Leary | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

With CPR so visible in everyday life, surely everyone must know how important it is to be trained in this lifesaving skill, right?

An Ounce of Prevention

Jennette McCurdy | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennette McCurdy

For me, health is a little less undeviating. There are times when I'll do a two-day juice cleanse, feel great, and then have an In N Out hamburger for breakfast the next morning.

We All Fit the Profile

Jen Thorson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Jen Thorson

I am 40 years old. A distance runner. I have heart disease. I am a woman. I fit the profile.

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.

My Heart Health Story: I Didn't Know Nausea And Sweating Are Symptoms Of A Heart Attack

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Montgomery

The fact of a heart attack became a reality when I was told by the emergency room on-call cardiologist that I couldn't wait for family to arrive to the hospital for support. "There's no time to lose." He needed to perform a heart catheterization procedure immediately.

My Heart Health Story: I Thought I'd Pulled A Muscle

Amy Nartatez Heinl | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Nartatez Heinl

Three months after recovering from my heart surgery, I ran my first 5k. My goal was to run the entire race and finish, and that I did.

My Heart Health Story: I Was Misdiagnosed and Suffering From a Rare Congenital Heart Defect

Rekisha Harris | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rekisha Harris

My life is not "go, go, go" all the time like it was before. I rest more, eat better and take some time for myself. I think we all get used to doing too much and learn to ignore minor ailments or fatigue because that is what women are programmed to do.

My Heart Health Story: I Underwent Open-Heart Surgery At 20

Regan Judd | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Regan Judd

After a visit to the emergency room, followed by an appointment with a cardiologist, my life would soon take an unexpected turn. I was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect that was causing my heart valve to leak severely and enlarged my heart twice the normal size.

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.

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.

Want to Tap Into Your Heart Power?

Helene Lerner | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

Insights from our heart can help us uncover what has stopped us from moving forward in our lives, transform the way we think and feel about people, and stir up yearnings we might have buried for years -- desires that lead us to living our dreams.

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.

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?

The Happy Birthday Bypass: Final Heart Month Blog -- Day 29

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

In between the first and last of 29 days of blogging on heart attacks, someone I knew and loved had gone from being unable to participate in a heart study to narrowly missing the "widow maker." Heart disease is that stealthy.

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.

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.

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.

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.