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.

VIDEO: Baked Salmon with Mustard Sauce Recipe

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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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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Tobacco-Free Living
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Up in Smoke: The Truth About Cigarette Alternatives

It’s no secret smoking is bad for your health. It increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer (lung and otherwise) — and it’s the single largest cause of preventable death in the United States. And while cigarette smoking is slowly but steadily declining, many people are turning to …

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