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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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.


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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.


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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.


snow shovel

Snow Shoveling—A Real Risk for Heart Attack

Tags: Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, heart, heart attack, heart health, prevention, risk factors, tips for winter weather, winter

The driveway is piling up with snow. You bundle up and get to work, trying to dig it out as fast as you can to get back in the warm house. Find out why doctors advise against shoveling for many of us.


Canola oil

You Can Eat Fat If You Choose Wisely

Tags: butter, cooking oils, diabetes, heart disease, olive oil, saturated fat, stroke, trans fat

For decades, we've been told that fats in food are unhealthy. New research is prompting medical experts to re-evaluate fat – and it’s not totally taboo. Learn which fats are actually good for you and which you should always avoid.


Statins Plus Exercise Best for Heart Health

Statins Plus Exercise Best for Your Heart Health

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart healthy diet, Heart Healthy Living, statins

Statins lower bad cholesterol and heart disease risk, but it takes more than medication to keep your heart healthy. Lifestyle plays a role, too. Here's what you need to know.


Oatmeal: How Much You Need to Lower Cholesterol

Oatmeal: How Much You Need to Lower Cholesterol (Infographic)

Tags: cholesterol, fiber, health hub number, infographic, Mediterranean diet, oatmeal

Oatmeal can be made many ways, with different fruit and nut toppings. But here's the other beautiful thing about oatmeal. If you eat one and one-half cups of it each day, you can lower your cholesterol by 5 to 8 percent.