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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A Hip Replacement Is Good for Your Heart

Tags: heart disease, hip replacements

In patients sidelined by painful osteoarthritis, knee or hip replacement helps restore mobility. A recent study found that people who had knee or hip replacements also had a lower risk of heart disease.

Let's Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack

Let’s Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack (Video)

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After a heart attack, sex is still an important component of your quality of life, as well as your partner’s. It stresses the heart only as much as climbing a few flights of stairs. Learn more.

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Budget-Friendly Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating

Tags: diet & nutrition, heart healthy diet

Life is stressful enough, and trying to buy heart-healthy foods that won't empty your wallet isn't easy. A few simple ideas can help.

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: A Caffeine Wake-Up Call (Video)

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When it comes to your heart health, studies show that the amount of caffeine in a few cups of coffee a day typically isn’t harmful. However, the risk of energy drinks isn’t one worth taking. Here’s why.

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Exercise: Can You Find 30 Minutes? (Infographic)

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Whether you hit the gym, or simply walk the neighborhood or shopping mall, you just need to move at a moderate pace for at least 30 minutes a day/5 days a week for real health benefits, experts say.

Recipe: Quinoa and Vegetables

Recipe: Quinoa and Vegetables

Tags: healthy cooking, healthy eating, Heart Month, Recipes, superfoods, vegetables, vegetarian

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

See the results of our HealthHub Knockout below — and get tips for working leafy greens into your diet in Spinach vs. Kale

Kale vs. Spinach: Which Is Heart-Healthier? (Infographic)

Tags: health hub knockout, infographic, kale, nutrition, Spinach, vegeatables

Kale and spinach — both “super veggies” — are packed with nutrients. Find out whether spinach or kale is better for your heart. Our dietitians also offer pointers on how to work leafy greens into your diet.

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5 Common Questions About Sex and Your Heart

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart health, sex, sex and heart health

Is sex good for your heart? Get answers to this — and other questions heart patients are afraid to ask — from one of the nation's top cardiologists.

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For Your Heart’s Sake: How to Love Exercise (Video)

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It’s no secret that exercise is a key factor in preventing and treating heart issues. The key to success isn’t as complicated as it might seem: You just need to find an activity that you love, and keep doing it. Here’s how.

Trans fats can “hide” in foods, even if the Nutrition Facts label lists “0 grams” of trans fats.

Stay Trim for Heart Health (Infographic)

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Keeping your waistline is about more than vanity. It's important for heart health. To cut your risk of heart disease, keep your BMI (body mass index) at 27. This is an estimate of body fat based on your weight and height.