From Fiber to Fish Oil: Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Lots of controversy and confusion surround cholesterol. In patients who have coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease, there is no question about the benefit of cholesterol-lowering medications. However, for the rest of us who don’t have these diseases and don’t want to get them, how can we lower our cholesterol naturally? There are … Read More

Coconut: Health Fad or Heart Glad?

Are your friends swapping coconut oil for creamer in their morning coffee? Or guzzling post-workout coconut water concoctions? Coconut products are touted as metabolism, electrolyte and general health boosters. Is this coconut craze really heart healthy, or just hype? Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, weighs in on when … Read More

6 Ways to Make Healthy Chia Seed Pudding (Infographic)

If you haven’t tried chia seed pudding yet, you’re in for a real (and healthy) treat. Besides supplying heart-healthy omega-3s, chia seeds keep your blood sugar balanced and are full of minerals and antioxidants. They’re also rich in calcium, potassium and iron. Plus, there’s no cooking involved! Chia seeds absorb up to 10x their weight … Read More

How Carbohydrates Can Affect Your Heart Health

Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. They’re found in almost all of the foods that we eat, but choosing the right ones can make or break a heart-healthy diet. Good carbs, bad carbs “Both good carbs and bad carbs turn into sugar, but their nutritional value and how fast they digest in the body … Read More

Why You Should No Longer Worry About Cholesterol in Food

For years, we’ve been told to avoid high-cholesterol foods for heart health, but those days may be coming to an end. A top nutrition advisory committee says people no longer have to be concerned about eating foods that are high in cholesterol. The committee’s report, which was released today, will help shape the next version … Read More

How You Can Encourage Heart-Healthy Habits in Your Kids

Most parents would love for their children to live a heart-healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising.  But getting children to buy in often is difficult. The trick may lie in starting these good habits when your children are young. The earlier you start a habit, the more likely it is to stick, says Sara … Read More

Statins Plus Exercise Best for Your Heart Health

When it comes to cardiovascular health, following a healthy lifestyle is always important. That’s true even if you take cholesterol-lowering statins. Experts stress that statins, exercise and a heart-healthy diet are great partners in your efforts to improve and maintain heart health. Cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing in Preventive Cardiology at … Read More