If You Have High Blood Pressure, Salt Still Matters

For decades, you’ve heard the advice: Cut down on salt because it’s bad for your heart — not to mention your kidneys and other organs. But if you follow health news, you know recent research has questioned this conventional wisdom. Several studies show evidence that if you are otherwise healthy, taking drastic measures to reduce … Read More

Watch This if You Have Heart Disease and Take ED Drugs (Video)

Recently, a small study showed that drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction are safe to take for heart patients, including Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), Levitra® (vardenafil) and Cialis® (tadalafil). These drugs were found to be safe and effective, and most people with heart disease can take them without much worry. But there is an exception. If … Read More

How Salt, Potassium Affect Your Teen’s Blood Pressure

Parents who worry about their teens’ consumption of salt can take heart from a new study, which finds that a diet high in sodium may not have a negative impact on blood pressure levels in teenage girls. While recent research in adults has shown salt consumption may not negatively affect blood pressure the way scientists once … Read More

Celery May Help Bring Your High Blood Pressure Down

At almost every turn, science and medicine reveal a new “superfood” that will dramatically improve our health. Chia seeds can reduce your cholesterol. Green leafy vegetables burn belly fat. Blueberries boost your antioxidants. Now, the latest in wonder snacking – celery seeds to lower your high blood pressure (HBP). But does it really work? “It’s … Read More

Plant-Based, Lower-Fat Diet May Benefit Kids Most

Researchers have long been telling us that a heart-healthy diet can benefit children as well as adults. A new study shows that these health gains could occur as quickly as in a month. The study, published Feb. 12 in The Journal of Pediatrics, finds that children who eat a plant-based vegan diet or the American … Read More

Why Energy Drinks and Your Children Don’t Mix

Energy drinks won’t only cause your young children to bounce off the walls – they may cause an irregular heartbeat, too. A study recently presented at an American Heart Association (AHA) meeting revealed that children younger than age 6 represented more than 40 percent of the emergency calls to poison centers that were related to … Read More

Why Hugging Is Actually Good for Your Health (Video)

Turns out, hugs don’t just make you feel good. It might sound a little corny or just something fun to do, but researchers find that giving people an affectionate squeeze is actually good for your health. “The health benefits of giving and receiving hugs are quite impressive. They have a therapeutic effect on people,” says … Read More