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American Heart Month

February Is National Heart Month

Stephanie Bender | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

You'll do your body (including your heart) and your spirit a favor when you try some of these ideas on staying active.

Now Is the Best Time to Take Care of the Hearts That Matter Most to You

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The medical community is on the front lines, of course, treating sick patients, helping others recover and -- equally importantly -- educating and encouraging others how to avoid the dangerous tentacles of the No. 1 killer of Americans.

10 Smart Food Swaps For A Healthy Heart

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As a nutritionist counseling clients on heart health, rather than advise clients just on what foods to avoid, I like to empower them by offering healthy food choices and substitutions to make.

A Missed Diagnosis, A Movement, and a Critical Moment for Women's Health

Betsy Nabel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Betsy Nabel

Women, to the eyes of this then young cardiology resident, didn't have heart disease. Men -- older men -- did. So I completely missed the diagnosis.

Start Taking Action

Mariell Jessup | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mariell Jessup

As a cardiologist, if there's a message I could share with every woman during this American Heart Month, it would be to "start taking action on your own behalf right now."

Red Is the New Black: Why It's Fashionable to Be Healthy

Martine Reardon | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Martine Reardon

As a woman who has spent her career in the world of fashion, I hope you'll take it to heart when I say there is no better accessory and no stronger fashion statement than good health.

After My Stroke at Age 20, I Want to Help Other Women F.A.S.T.

Tia Timpson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Tia Timpson

I thought I was a healthy college student until the defects teamed together and caused a stroke.

Overcoming Arrhythmia to Become an Olympic Champion

Dana Vollmer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Dana Vollmer

At a young age I was a swimmer with dreams of being an Olympian champion! Then my heart rate wouldn't slow down after races and workouts, and I knew it was something more than just overexertion, I knew that something was wrong.

Listening to Your Heart

Teresa Rodríguez | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Teresa Rodríguez

As our youngest son, Julian, was having his breakfast and his older brother, Victor, was still sleeping, their father and my husband, Tony, suddenly began complaining of dizziness, shortness of breath and weakness.

After a Decade of Go Red for Women: The Need for a 'Woman-Centered' Holistic Approach to Heart Health and Wellness

Jennifer H. Mieres | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Jennifer H. Mieres

Recognizing that women were not aware that heart disease was their leading killer and more importantly that 80 percent of heart disease was preventable, the AHA knew something had to be done.

Boosting Heart Health, Together

Susan Spencer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Susan Spencer

Our health editors found six amazing women across the country, let Joy loose on them, and we sat back and crossed our fingers.

American Heart Month Means Time to Get in Shape

María Simón | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
María Simón

What better time to get back on the wagon than during American Heart Month!

Health, Prevention and Wellness: Our Focus This Month, Every Month

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Arianna and I recognized this as an opportunity to have a more profound impact. Together, we could -- no, should -- use whatever influence we have to touch more women, and to focus their attention on this vital issue of women and heart disease.

50 Years of American Heart Month: Fight Continues vs. Our No. 1 Killer

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The number of people living with cardiovascular diseases has surged since LBJ's day, from around 10 million to nearly 84 million. This shows what a great job we are doing in treating these problems, and illustrates how much more work is needed to prevent them.

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.

19 Celebrities Who Faced Heart Problems

Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women, accounting for one in every four deaths, or about 600,000 a year, according ...

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.

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.

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.

Listen to Your Heart: 5 Danger Signs Not to Ignore

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

The heart may be the main squeeze, but it relies on multiple partners, especially the kidneys. They work together as models of a successful, balanced and healthy relationship.