Understanding Dietary Guidelines

The Hidden Sources of Sodium in Our Diets

It’s no secret that Americans ingest too much sodium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans consumed about 3,400 mg of sodium daily in 2013 – far above the American Heart Association’s “ideal” intake of 1,500 mg daily. But it’s not all coming from the saltshaker. …

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Understanding Heart Disease

4 Unexpected Things That Can Affect Heart Health

There are many known behaviors that can negatively affect your heart health. From inactivity to smoking to consuming too much salt, most people understand that these dangers can have a detrimental impact on your heart. But could you be hurting your heart in other ways without even knowing it? Bryan …

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Exercise Ideas & Tips

Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

It’s not exactly news that working out is beneficial for your overall health – especially your heart. Exercising lowers your risk of suffering a heart attack, increases your chances of survival if you do have one, and prevents a host of other issues, such as obesity and diabetes, that can …

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Women's Health
How menopause affects blood pressure

3 Reasons Menopause Changes Your Blood Pressure

When women enter menopause, numerous changes occur in the body, from biological and hormonal changes to, you guessed it – changes in blood pressure – and usually for the worse. This unwanted change in blood pressure happens for a variety of reasons, but it is manageable and even preventable through …

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Understanding Health Risks

Are You in Danger of a Heart Attack?

The unexpected deaths of Fox 2 Detroit news anchor and firefighter Ron Savage and actor Bill Paxton, along with “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper’s recent heart attack, have people asking themselves ‘Could that be me?’ Bob Harper’s career is based on a good diet and exercise. Ron Savage told his …

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American Heart Month
Family portrait illustrating heart disease risk

What Role Do Genes Play in Heart Disease Risk?

Our genes are responsible for various things: the way we look, our blood type and even our risk of developing certain medical conditions. As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease is no joke. Could your genes be putting you at an even greater risk for …

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Heart-Healthy Cooking
A plate with two servings of baked salmon with mustard sauce.

VIDEO: Baked Salmon with Mustard Sauce Recipe

Fish is one fatty protein doctors and registered dietitians encourage people to eat. Unlike fatty meats and dairy, which have unhealthy saturated fats, the fat in fish is unsaturated and full of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that these fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead …

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Heart Health

Returning to Life After a Heart Attack

Having a heart attack can be one of the most frightening experiences many people endure. The pain and fear in that moment, the worry of the unknown and the desperation to reevaluate your life are all difficult challenges to surmount. Another tough climb that comes after suffering a heart attack …

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Understanding Heart Health
heart flutter, atrial fibrillation

What is Heart Flutter?

The human heart is strong. Each day, it beats an average of 100,000 times, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body. And by age 70, your heart will have beat more than 2.5 billion (yes, billion) times. While arguably one of the most important muscles in the body, …

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American Heart Month

4 Ways Heart Disease Affects Men & Women Differently

As the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, heart disease is something everyone should take seriously. What was once thought of as a “man’s disease,” this devastating condition affects both sexes without bias – and accounts for one in four deaths each year. …

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