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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Surprising Scoop on Salt

The Surprising Scoop on Salt in Your Diet (Video)

Tags: Dr. Nissen, heart disease, heart healthy diet, heart videos, high blood pressure, salt, videos

Anyone with high blood pressure should aim for a low-salt diet, but a heart doctor says healthy people don't have to worry as much about salt.


woman smoking electronic cigarette

E-Cigarettes: Tobacco-Free, But Your Heart May Still Be at Risk

Tags: e-cigarettes, heart and vascular institute, heart health, nicotine, tobacco

E-cigarette fans say they are a safer, tobacco-free alternative to smoking cigarettes. But vapers still inhale nicotine and a new study suggests nicotine directly damages heart cells.


air pollution

The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

Tags: afib, air pollution, atrial fibrillation, blood clots, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

New studies show links between small particulate matter in air pollution and atrial fibrillation and blood clots in the lungs. Learn more.


man with bike helmet

No Time to Exercise? Turn Your Commute Into a Daily Workout

Tags: exercise, exercise and heart health, heart and vascular institute, heart health

No time to exercise? Biking to work can turn your commute into a daily workout that boosts heart health and clears your head.


Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe: Oatmeal and Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Tags: dessert, healthy dessert, oatmeal, Recipes

Nothing says home better than oatmeal cookies. You can adjust this recipe to your liking: Add your favorite dried fruits or chopped nuts or change the spice to ginger or cinnamon.


marathon runners

Can Too Much Extreme Exercise Damage Your Heart?

Tags: exercise, exercise and heart health, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease

Exercise is good for you, but some extreme athletes can push past healthy limits. A recent study shows some athletes have higher rates of heart problems than people who exercise more moderately.


Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

Recipe: Roasted Portobello Sandwich with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

This portobello mushroom sandwich is packed with flavor thanks to a mix of tangy, flavorful balsamic vinegar dressing, fresh basil and tomato, red onions and roasted red peppers.


When Your Hearts in the Game

When Your Heart’s in the Game

Tags: emotional response, fight-or-flight response, heart attack, stress cardiomyopathy, triggers

Are you one of those super fans whose adrenaline really gets pumping while rooting for your favorite sports team? If so, you could be at a slightly higher risk for a cardiac issue: Find out why.


Oatmeal Pecan Waffles

Recipe: Oatmeal Pecan Waffles or Pancakes

Tags: antioxidant, breakfast, heart health, morning, Recipes

Antioxidants in pecans may help promote heart health according to a study published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.


tomatoes

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.