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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Can You Pick Your “Heart Repair” Fresh From Your Garden?

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart healthy diet, lycopene, Mediterranean diet

Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, may help repair heart patients' damaged blood vessels. But supplements containing lycopene may also have side effects. For now, enjoy fresh tomatoes instead.


Bean and Artichoke Salad

Recipe: Veggie, Bean and Artichoke Salad

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, Recipes

This flavorful mix of beans, artichokes, red pepper, onion, tomato and herbs is easy to make, healthy and filling. Make it as an appetizer, side dish or meal.


Asian Chicken Wrap

Recipe: Asian Chicken Wraps With Shiitake Mushrooms

Tags: chicken, healthy diet, lunch, Recipes

What can you do with leftover roast chicken? Make a fantastic second meal like these Asian chicken wraps! They can be put together in less than 30 minutes.


Fruit Popsicle

Recipe: DIY Fruit Popsicles

Tags: fruits and vegetables, Recipes, summer

Need something sweet, cool and refreshing? This popsicle recipe focuses on fruit purees so it's healthy and delicious. It's also easy -- make them at home and put them in your freezer.


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5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

Tags: breakfast, fat, fiber, healthy diet, protein, smoothie, vitamins, yogurt

We know that you're too busy during the week to prepare complicated, time-consuming breakfasts for you and your family. Here are five delicious, heart-healthy breakfast ideas that take no more than 10 minutes to prepare.


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Increase Your BBQ IQ: Best Meats to Eat for Heart Health

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

For your heart’s sake, steer clear of processed red meat when you barbecue. You don't have to sacrifice delicious flavor, though. Try these healthy options.


Egg and Cheese Muffin

5 On-The-Go Hearty, Heart-Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Tags: breakfast, cereals, eggs, fiber, oatmeal

A healthy breakfast does not require a lot of time or energy every day. But by making a few changes in shopping and morning habits, you can establish a lifetime of healthy eating.


Peach Smoothie

Recipe: Peach-Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie

Tags: breakfast, fruits and vegetables, Recipes, smoothie, soy

Enjoy this very refreshing, tasty drink for breakfast or a snack. You can build from this recipe and modify it with different fruit such as strawberries or you can use a low-fat soy milk or skim milk.


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Eating Raw Veggies Best for Blood Pressure

Tags: blood pressure, diet, healthy diet, hypertension, vegetables

Your blood pressure benefits when you eat lots of veggies. A recent study suggests the biggest benefit may come from eating your vegetables raw. When you cook vegetables, you change their chemical composition.


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5 Top Reasons You Should Eat the Mediterranean Way

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart healthy diet, Mediterranean diet

Choosing what to eat shouldn't be complicated. For many years, the Mediterranean diet has helped lower incidence of heart attack and stroke, and it's a delicious way to better health.