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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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.


Marriage good for your heart

Being Married Can Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack

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

Being married could be the ultimate protection for your heart. New studies confirm that being married lowers heart attack risk and improves outcomes after a heart attack.


Almonds with leaves

How Almonds Can Improve Your Heart Health

Tags: almond oil, diabetes, fiber, healthy diet, healthy fats, Mediterranean diet, saturated fat

Native to the Mediterranean climate, almonds are a staple of the heart-healthy diet and provide many health benefits. It's true they’re high in fat in general, but they’re packed with healthy monounsaturated fat.


Healthy fats avocado nuts

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

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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 Amazing Health Benefits of Red Peppers (Infographic)

The Amazing Health Benefits of Red Peppers (Infographic)

Tags: #LoveYourHeart, antioxidant, antioxidants, fruits and vegetables, Heart Month, Mediterranean diet, nutrients

Red peppers contain 30 different antioxidants, one of the reasons they are so nutritionally dense. Upping your intake is associated with a decreased risk of stroke. Find out more about what these delicious vegetables offer.


Senior Couple Relaxing On Sofa At Home

Why Sex Is Good for Your Health, Especially Your Heart

Tags: Headaches, migraines, pelvic floor surgery, sex, sex and heart health, stress

Sex offers more than a feeling of intimacy or pleasure -- it also offers incredible health benefits. It can be good for your heart, relieve pain, help you sleep restfully, and it can even ease headaches.


Beans: How Much You Should Eat for a Healthy Diet (Infographic)

Beans: How Much You Should Eat for a Healthy Diet (Infographic)

Tags: #LoveYourHeart, fiber, heart disease, Heart Month, Mediterranean diet

Beans give your body soluble fiber, which plays an important role in controlling blood cholesterol levels. The fiber can also help you feel full, which in turn, can help you lose weight. Find out how much you should eat each week.


Looking for the Best Exercise Playlist? Try This One

Looking for the Best Exercise Playlist? Try This One

Tags: #LoveYourHeart, heart, Heart Month, workout

One of the best things you can do for your heart is to move your body. This specially curated collection of songs bumps to at least 130 beats per minute – the perfect pace to maintain during your exercise.


Recipe: Quinoa and Vegetables (Video)

Recipe: Quinoa and Vegetables (Video)

Tags: #LoveYourHeart, cooking shows, healthy cooking, healthy eating, Heart Month, Mediterranean diet, Recipes, superfoods, vegetables, vegetarian

This healthy whole grain is subtly spicy and delicious served with fish or chicken.


Bottle of oil, two bricks of butter and scoop of shortening

Why You Should No Longer Worry About Cholesterol in Food

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, diabetes, good cholesterol, HDL, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, LDL, study, Trans fats

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 will help shape the next version of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.