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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Sliced butternut squash on wood

Recipe: Spicy Beef Chili With Butternut Squash

Tags: fall, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Recipes

With a perfect flavor balance between the heat of the chili and the sweetness of the squash, this one-pot meal will please the whole family.


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Whether You’re 30 or 40, Starting to Exercise Improves Heart Health

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

You can improve your blood pressure and overall heart health even if you start exercising after 40, research shows. Doctors stress that it is never too late to start moving.


Twice Baked Potato

Recipe: Healthier Twice-Baked Potatoes

Tags: fall, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Recipes

Twice baked potatoes are a family favorite. This version is so delicious – don't tell anyone that it is healthy! Make ahead a day or two, and bake when ready. It makes an easy side dish.


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6 Ways To Get the Most from Your Cardiac Care

Tags: cardiac exam, doctor's appointment, health history, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

You are an essential part of your cardiac care team. There are six essential steps to getting up to speed that will help you learn how to be your best advocate.


There are 7 important points you should know about cooking oils. Inforgraphic on HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Heart-Healthy Cooking: Oils 101

Tags: cooking, cooking oils, diet, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart-healthy oils, infographic, oils

Confused about which oils are heart-healthy and which aren’t? Keep this primer from our registered dietitian as a ready reference.


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.