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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Is Marathon Training Too Hard on Your Heart?

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, sports cardiology

Marathon training shown to positively alter heart structure and function in middle-aged men in Circulation study. Dr. Gordon Blackburn comments on results.


Preventing Your Atrial Fibrillation

Best Ways to Protect Your Heart From Atrial Fibrillation

Tags: atrial fibrillation, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

Controlling your weight, blood pressure and blood sugar may prevent or stop the heart-pounding episodes caused by atrial fibrillation.


Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

Tags: activity, cardiovascular disease, exercise, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

A recent study shows that moderate physical activity (including walking and doing housework) two or three times per week may be best for cardiovascular health.


5 Simple Ways to Make a Healthy Pizza (Infographic)

5 Simple Ways to Make a Healthy Pizza (Infographic)

Tags: diet, heart healthy diet, infographic, olive oil

In America, we love our pizza. But to avoid heart disease, we need to choose the right options for our pizza crust, sauce and toppings. Here are tips for making your pizza heart-healthier.


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The Best Oil, Fish and Cheese Options for Your Heart

Tags: fish, healthy diet, heart health, Mediterranean diet, olive oil

Sometimes it seems like a world of endless food choices. But even for those of us who have settled on a particular way of eating -- such as the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet -- there's many decisions still to be made.


Lower Your Risk of Arrhythmia: Don’t Put Food in Plastic

Lower Your Risk of Arrhythmia: Don’t Put Food in Plastic

Tags: arrhythmias, Bisphenol, bpa, bps, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm

A recent study shows a link between heart arrhythmia and bisphenol-S (BPS), a chemical commonly used in “BPA-free” products.


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Celery May Help Bring Your High Blood Pressure Down

Tags: antioxidants, blood pressure, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sodium

At almost every turn, science and medicine reveal a new “superfood." Now, the latest in wonder snacking: celery seeds to lower your high blood pressure (HBP). But does it really work? Find out.


Noninvasive Test Helps Avoid Unexpected Heart Attack

Noninvasive Test Can Help You Avoid Heart Attack

Tags: Coronary Angiography, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health

A noninvasive test called coronary CT angiography can help doctors determine which intermediate-risk patients are likely to have a heart attack.


Controlling Anger is Good for Your Heart

Why Controlling Anger Is Good for Your Heart

Tags: anger, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health

A new study confirms that getting very angry can be a trigger for heart attacks. A Cleveland Clinic cardiologist says the study highlights the importance of paying attention to patients’ well-being.


Bread, pasta and rice

How Carbohydrates Can Affect Your Heart Health

Tags: carbohydrates, healthy diet, heart healthy diet

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.