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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Understanding Your Health
Is it a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?

Is it a Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Any unusual sensation in the heart is frightening. Suddenly you feel an intense pressure on your chest, or you experience irregular heart palpitations. Maybe you even feel sweaty and dizzy, or suffer from shortness of breath. What is happening? Are you in the midst of a heart attack, or has …

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Understanding Dietary Guidelines

The Hidden Sources of Sodium in Our Diets

It’s no secret that Americans ingest too much sodium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans consumed about 3,400 mg of sodium daily in 2013 – far above the American Heart Association’s “ideal” intake of 1,500 mg daily. But it’s not all coming from the saltshaker. …

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Understanding Heart Disease

4 Unexpected Things That Can Affect Heart Health

There are many known behaviors that can negatively affect your heart health. From inactivity to smoking to consuming too much salt, most people understand that these dangers can have a detrimental impact on your heart. But could you be hurting your heart in other ways without even knowing it? Bryan …

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Exercise Ideas & Tips

Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

It’s not exactly news that working out is beneficial for your overall health – especially your heart. Exercising lowers your risk of suffering a heart attack, increases your chances of survival if you do have one, and prevents a host of other issues, such as obesity and diabetes, that can …

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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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Understanding Health Risks

Are You in Danger of a Heart Attack?

The unexpected deaths of Fox 2 Detroit news anchor and firefighter Ron Savage and actor Bill Paxton, along with “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper’s recent heart attack, have people asking themselves ‘Could that be me?’ Bob Harper’s career is based on a good diet and exercise. Ron Savage told his …

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American Heart Month
Family portrait illustrating heart disease risk

What Role Do Genes Play in Heart Disease Risk?

Our genes are responsible for various things: the way we look, our blood type and even our risk of developing certain medical conditions. As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease is no joke. Could your genes be putting you at an even greater risk for …

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Heart-Healthy Cooking
A plate with two servings of baked salmon with mustard sauce.

Baked Salmon with Mustard Sauce Recipe & Video

Fish is one fatty protein doctors and registered dietitians encourage people to eat. Unlike fatty meats and dairy, which have unhealthy saturated fats, the fat in fish is unsaturated and full of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that these fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead …

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Heart Health

Returning to Life After a Heart Attack

Having a heart attack can be one of the most frightening experiences many people endure. The pain and fear in that moment, the worry of the unknown and the desperation to reevaluate your life are all difficult challenges to surmount. Another tough climb that comes after suffering a heart attack …

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