Fish Faceoff: Wild Salmon vs. Farmed Salmon

Every trip to the grocery store involves dilemmas. Which bread do you buy? Are the chickens that laid these eggs really cage-free? One of the biggest dilemmas comes at the seafood counter. You know fish such as salmon and trout provide many health benefits and contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. But you’ve also heard  … Read More

Heart Disease and Pregnancy: An Uneasy Mix

Though having a child might seem like the most natural and healthy thing in the world, pregnancy puts a strain on the mother’s body, in particular on her cardiovascular system. Women who have heart conditions should discuss potential risk factors with their doctor before planning a pregnancy. A team of dedicated medical professionals including cardiologists … Read More

For a Healthy Heart: Get Enough Sleep

Today we know that there is more to keeping the heart healthy than eating right and exercise. Getting the right amount of sleep is just as important. People with chronic sleep disturbances such as insomnia (30 percent of us) have a shorter life expectancy compared to those who consistently sleep well. “Sleeping a solid seven … Read More

4 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

The best way to manage heart health is through diet and exercise and, when necessary, the use of prescription medications. But there are certain heart attack triggers that might surprise you. In general, we think of the four “Es” as follows: exertion, exposure to cold, emotion and eating. Here are four less-known heart attach triggers: … Read More

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Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge that can form in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, occurring in the belly area. This part of the aorta feeds blood to the lower body. The aneurysm can cause the walls of the aorta to become overstretched and weak. These aneurysms develop slowly … Read More

Unexpected Heart Disease Risk Factors

You’ve probably heard the warnings about risk factors and heart disease, but there are lesser-known risk factors that don’t make the usual list of suspects. Unexpected risk factors Here are some risk factors that have been observed in people who also had heart disease or other cardiovascular issues: Poor dental care: Observational studies have noted … Read More

Surgery ‘Powerful Tool’ Against Diabetes

In 2012, a Cleveland Clinic study showed diabetic, overweight patients who had bariatric surgery saw significant improvement or remission of their type 2 diabetes. In the study, bariatric surgery — which included gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy — helped patients control their diabetes and greatly reduce dependence on medications, to the point that they … Read More

First Born: Watch that Blood Pressure

Researchers in New Zealand released results earlier this year showing that first-born children have increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A study of 85 healthy children ages 4 to 11 revealed that the first borns in the group had increased daytime blood pressure and reduced sensitivity to insulin compared to children who came … Read More

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Clock’s Ticking: Decreasing Cardiac and Stroke Death Rate

We’re in a race against time to decrease the rate of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. And, so far, we’re losing—in a big way. Poor eating and exercise habits are killing our progress toward this goal set by the American Heart Association (AHA). According to projections in the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical … Read More

7 Heart-healthy Habits Linked to Cancer Prevention

Are you doing your best to live a heart-healthy lifestyle? If so, you have a lower chance of developing cancer, too. A study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that people practicing healthy heart habits had a significantly lower chance of developing cancer—a 38-percent lower risk, to be exact. “This is great news for … Read More