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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Low-Carb Eating May Be Best for Weight Loss, Heart Health

Tags: carbohydrates, diabetes, fiber, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, Mediterranean diet, saturated fat, weight loss

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy weight-loss diet to try, it appears that low-carbohydrate might be more effective than low-fat.


If you want to be heart-healthy this Thanksgiving, consider these tips from our Heart & Vascular Institute dietitians for preparing lighter versions of your favorite foods.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Serve This, Not That (Infographic)

Tags: healthy eating, holiday season, infographic, Thanksgiving

Overeating Thanksgiving dinner has become a national pastime. Learn how to lighten the calories and fat in the traditional foods you love.


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A Post ER Follow-Up Could Save Your Life

Tags: cardiology, chest pain, ER visit, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart health

You can breathe easier once the ER doc says those chest pains weren't a heart attack, but don't brush aside your health scare; follow up with a doctor's visit − it could save your life.


Crunchy Pumpkin Pie

Recipe: Low-Fat Crunchy Pumpkin Pie

Tags: dessert, fall, fall season, heart healthy diet, pumpkin, Recipes, Thanksgiving

This low-fat crunchy pumpkin pie uses only a small amount of oil in the crust and skim milk in the filling to make it heart-healthy. The pie filling is flavorful with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.


Women often do worse than men following a heart attack

Women Often Do Worse Than Men Following a Heart Attack

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle choices, prevention, risk factors, women and heart disease, women vs men

Women fare worse then men after a heart attack, with longer hospital stays and a greater likelihood of dying in the hospital afterwards. The good news is the death rates for women after a heart attack are declining.


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Alcohol May Cause You to Develop Irregular Heartbeat

Tags: alcoholic beverages, atrial fibrillation, Dr. Wilkoff, heart and vascular institute, risk factors

Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. A new study finds that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks per day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). Here's why.


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10 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol

Tags: Be Well e-News, cholesterol, diet, exercise, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, high cholesterol

We all want to be heart-healthy, and ensuring healthy levels of cholesterol is the first step. Get pointers on nutrition and exercise.


Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Recipe: Low-Cal Chocolate-Walnut Biscotti

Tags: chocolate, dessert, holiday season, holidays, Recipes, walnuts

Try our low-cal chocolate-walnut biscotti. They’ll satisfy any chocolate lover and they’re a great healthy treat with a cup of your favorite tea. Only 60 calories per serving.


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Why Your Low-T Medications May Not Be Safe (Video)

Tags: enlarged prostate, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, Low T, prostate cancer, study, testosterone, testosterone deficiency syndrome, testosterone therapy

Scant evidence of low-T therapy safety or efficacy prompts medical concerns about long-term effects. FDA panel recommends limiting access to disease-related use.


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Running is a Life-Saver, Study Finds

Tags: cardiovascular disease, Dr. Phelan, exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, prevention, running

Little has been known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. Researchers at Iowa State University conducted a 15-year study of more than 55,000 adults and found that runners had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke. Here's why.