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Heart Healthy Living

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Coconut: Health Fad or Heart Glad?

Tags: cholesterol, coconut oil, coconut water, health fad, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart healthy diet, hydration, sports drink

Is the trend in coconut products really heart healthy? Learn when and how coconut water and coconut oil are helpful, and when they are too much of a good thing.


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FDA Decision Aims to Eliminate Trans Fat From Your Food

Tags: cholesterol, diabetes, FDA, food labels, healthy diet, heart attack, heart-healthy oils, Trans fats

Everyone agrees: trans fat is unhealthy. Now federal regulators are taking steps to eliminate it from our diet completely. In three years, food manufacturers will have to phase out artificial trans fats from their products, under guidelines announced by the FDA.


Diet and Your Heart: What's Safe to Eat? (Infographic)

Diet and Your Heart: What’s Safe to Eat? (Infographic)

Tags: cholesterol, dark chocolate, dark chocolate and heart health, diet, eggs, heart, infographic, Mediterranean diet, red meat, red wine, salt, saturated fat, trans fat

Having trouble keeping up with whether certain foods are good for your heart or not? This checklist sorts through the confusion and boils down the latest evidence.


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How the Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Your Brain Power

Tags: dementia, healthy diet, heart health, Mediterranean diet, olive oil, study

It’s well-established that the Mediterranean diet is the best choice for heart health. But a recent study finds that adding nuts or olive oil to this diet could help protect your brain, too.


6 Easy Steps to Healthy Burgers You’ll Love (Infographic)

6 Easy Steps to Healthy Burgers You’ll Love (Infographic)

Tags: burger, grilling, infographic, summer

You don’t want to heat up the kitchen — or clean pots and pans. The solution? Fire up the grill and throw on some burgers for a quick meal with minimal fuss. Keep in mind that the quality of your ingredients determines whether you’re serving a healthy meal to your family, or one that’s loaded


Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Matter?

Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Matter?

Tags: cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, dietary guidelines, Dr. Rocco, eggs, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, refined sugars

Diet implications of the new cholesterol guidelines focus more on carbs and sugar vs. fats. Here’s why.


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How Your Height Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: genes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, height

The shorter you are, the more likely you are to have heart disease or a heart attack. A recent study in the U.K. reveals why.


Healthy Lifestyle

7 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Heart-Healthy

Tags: exercise and heart health, health choices, heart-healthy lifestyle, heart-healthy recipes, vegetables

Choices you make every day about diet and exercise play a major role in your heart health. Here are seven ways to make good choices easier.


Are You Vegetarian-Curious? Try Meatless Mondays

Are You Vegetarian-Curious? Try Meatless Mondays

Tags: cancer, diabetes, fruits and vegetables, heart disease, lunchmeat, meat, obesity, red meat, saturated fat, stroke, vegan, vegetarian

If you'd like to cut down or eliminate your consumption of meat, but you're not sure how to get started, try what many dietitians recommend as a first step: Meatless Mondays.


Walking During Long Runs Can Improve Your Fitness

How Walking During Long Runs Can Improve Your Fitness

Tags: exercise, heart health, marathon, running, walking

A recent study found that periodically walking during long runs doesn’t cost you any benefits to your heart health -- and may even save some wear and tear on your muscles. This is especially true for non-elite runners.