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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Understanding Heart Health
heart flutter, atrial fibrillation

What is Heart Flutter?

The human heart is strong. Each day, it beats an average of 100,000 times, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body. And by age 70, your heart will have beat more than 2.5 billion (yes, billion) times. While arguably one of the most important muscles in the body, …

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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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Healthy Treats
black bean brownie mini muffins

Recipe: Black Bean Brownie Mini Muffins

If you’re trying to stick to your resolutions and eat healthy in 2017, but still want a small treat every now and then, this Heart Smart® recipe for Black Bean Brownie Mini Muffins is perfect for you. They’ve really got it all. They’re small, and portion control is a major …

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