Irregular Heartbeat

5 Surprising Facts about Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Your heart is your hardest working muscle. Think about it: It goes nonstop even when you’re sleeping. So it’s not that surprising that sometimes a heart can get off rhythm and develop an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. There are several types of arrhythmias, but atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most …

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Reducing Your Risk

Heart Disease: It’s Still a Guy Thing Too

An excellent nationwide education program to promote awareness of women’s risk for heart disease has been so successful that we now need to ask: Does this mean that men don’t need to worry? The answer is: Definitely not! Everyone needs to be aware of heart disease and the signs of …

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Healthy Recipes

Crowd Pleasers for the 4th: Easy Heart Smart® Dishes

The 4th of July is practically the Superbowl of barbecuing, picnicking and festive summer eating in general. But with all of that celebrating comes the need for some home cooked dishes to bring to the party. And the choices can be overwhelming – not to mention unhealthy. But we’ve got …

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Reducing Your Risk

Prevention Is Power: Turning The Health Odds In Your Favor

We can’t control everything in life – bad things happen, much as we’d like to avoid them. But we can prevent quite a lot. As a matter of fact, nearly 75 percent of diseases are preventable. Those are great odds! So when it comes to making sure you stay healthy, …

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Innovation in Healthcare

3D Printing That Might Save Your Life

Technology serves many purposes. And one of those is saving lives. 3D printing – the same technology NASA uses on the International Space Station – has now helped more than 40 heart patients at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, many of whom otherwise had little hope of survival. Physicians at …

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Heart Health

Why Women Often Ignore Signs of a Heart Attack

A common misconception about a heart attack is that the symptoms are very painful, noticeable and impossible to ignore – the type of scene we typically see in movies or on TV where someone dramatically clutches their chest and falls to the floor. But doctors and researchers have found that …

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New Health Research

The Key to Longevity? Cardio Fitness May Play a Role

We all know that exercise is good for us — especially aerobic or “cardio” exercise that gets our heart rates up. But recent research highlights just how critical the role of cardiovascular fitness is for our long-term life expectancy. Researchers found that poor cardiorespiratory fitness combined with other risk factors …

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Better Sleep

Paybacks for Lost Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? Chronic sleep deprivation or accumulating “sleep debt,” can leave you feeling tired, listless and sleepy on a daily basis. Most people need around seven to eight hours of sleep. Until you get the shut-eye your body needs, it won’t function as efficiently, your health will …

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Heart Health

The Best Way To Monitor Blood Pressure At Home

Getting an accurate blood pressure reading at home is as easy as finding the right machine and learning how to use it. There are several models and options on the market to choose from, so talk to your doctor about finding a reliable device that right for you. If you’re …

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Understanding Hypertension

What Does Salt Have To Do With Blood Pressure?

February is American Heart Month, so you may be hearing a lot in the media about high blood pressure, among other factors, that contribute to your risk for heart disease. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is crucial to sustaining the vitality of your organs and body systems. And yet, more …

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