Heart Health
5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Helps Your Heart

5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Heart

It seems there’s always a new diet or food trend out there advertising ways to help you lose weight fast, look younger or have more energy. But dieting is more than just what you eat – it is how you live your life. I view a person’s eating habits as …

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Managing Heart Risk
New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Making Sense of the New Blood Pressure Guidelines

New guidelines lowering the definition of high blood pressure are designed to change focus from the treatment of heart disease to preventing it in the first place. In November, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines that lowered the threshold of high blood pressure, …

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Managing Heart Risk

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil is not a “good fat.” In fact, coconut oil had become a common ingredient in seemingly better-for-you versions of baked goods and fried foods. However, a recent report from the American Heart Association debunks this urban legend with cold, hard scientific data. It turns …

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Women's Health
How menopause affects blood pressure

3 Reasons Menopause Changes Your Blood Pressure

When women enter menopause, numerous changes occur in the body, from biological and hormonal changes to, you guessed it – changes in blood pressure – and usually for the worse. This unwanted change in blood pressure happens for a variety of reasons, but it is manageable and even preventable through …

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American Heart Month

4 Ways Heart Disease Affects Men & Women Differently

As the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, heart disease is something everyone should take seriously. What was once thought of as a “man’s disease,” this devastating condition affects both sexes without bias – and accounts for one in four deaths each year. …

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Women's Health

How to Stay Heart Healthy While Pregnant

A woman’s body goes through a tremendous amount of change during pregnancy. From hormonal shifts to odd food cravings, and even just the amazing act of housing a new, growing being, there’s a lot going on – and that includes the way your heart works. Most heart-related changes during pregnancy …

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Heart Disease Prevention

Is Winter More Deadly for Your Heart?

Winter may be a festive time of year – but it can also be detrimental to your heart health. Many studies have shown that there are more heart attacks during the winter months than other times of the year, and one study found that most cold-weather related deaths are due …

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Heart Health

Are Varicose Veins a Sign of Heart Risk?

Veins carry blood to the heart and have one-way valves that keep blood from flowing backward. But when those valves weaken, blood can pool in the lower legs increasing the pressure inside the veins. The resulting twisted blue bulges, known as varicose veins, may cause your legs to feel heavy, …

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Women's Heart Health

Pregnancy Complications: A Risk Factor for Heart Disease?

It’s no secret that pregnancy taxes a woman’s body. Blood volume expands, heart rate increases and blood sugar levels spike. And while doctors have always been aware of the immediate risks associated with these increased demands on a woman’s body, new research suggests pregnancy complications are a sign of heart …

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Women's Health
hormone replacement therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Heart Disease Risk

Menopause can be maddening for many women, what with frequent hot flashes, sleep disturbances and even painful sex. For some women, symptoms are so intense that the transition to a life without periods dramatically impacts their quality of life. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is remarkably effective at silencing such …

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