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
cigarette alternatives

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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Raising Healthy Kids
Boy playing on tablet who suffers from childhood obesity

Childhood Obesity: Do You Know The Risks?

The rates of childhood obesity have skyrocketed in recent years, and it’s no wonder. Between busy academic and social calendars and more time spent in front of screens, children are less active than they used to be. They’re also more stressed. The natural outlet for stress is exercise, but with …

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Fitness Trends

6 Reasons to Try a Rowing Workout

First Spin classes took the gym world by storm; then fitness enthusiasts focused their attention on dance-inspired workouts like Zumba and barre. The latest craze hitting the gym circuit: rowing. Technically of course rowing itself isn’t new, but rowing studios and classes are, and these are cropping up across the …

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5 Health Perks of Pet Ownership

Pet ownership comes with plenty of proven perks. Animals, especially dogs, have earned the title “man’s best friend” by offering loyalty, companionship, and unconditional love in ways that humans just can’t. Now, a growing body of research suggests pet ownership also comes with some welcome health benefits. “Pets can be …

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Heart Smart® Recipes
overnight oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Looking for a healthy breakfast option that you can grab on-the-go? Try this recipe for overnight oatmeal provided by Darlene Zimmerman, a registered dietitian with the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. Made in a Mason jar, these oats become soft overnight with the help of milk and Greek yogurt …

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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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