Heart Health

Our heart health articles feature the latest heart health advice.

  1. 5 Things You Need To Be Happier And Healthier At Work

    5 Things You Need To Be Happier And Healthier At Work
    People: We spend a large portion of our lives at work … about a third of it, if you work the usual 40 hours a week.   Why do so many of us live in denial of this fact, by keeping our workstations devoid of any vestige of humanity? Oh sure, you may keep a box of tissues handy and...
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  2. Minor cut? Follow this Advice to Guard Against Infection

    Minor cut? Follow this Advice to Guard Against Infection
    Many of us were shocked and disturbed at the news of a young woman in Georgia who contracted a deadly flesh-eating bacterial infection from a cut on the leg. The bacteria was believed to be from river water into which she fell after cutting herself in a zipline accident.   A properly functioning immune system will take care of most...
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  3. New Study Suggests Low Fiber Intake Ups Teen’s Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Does your teen love hamburgers? You might want to suggest he try garden burgers instead. According to a new study* published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, teens who eat a low-fiber diet are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. Researchers looked at 559 teens, ages 14 to 18, in Augusta, Ga., and found that they...
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  4. One stubborn myth about Coronary Artery Disease

    You probably heard that heart disease is the Number One killer of Americans. And you may think you understand what causes it. But what if you’re wrong? Most of us associate heart disease with having a heart attack. And this is certainly one of the most common types of heart disease, known as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). CAD is caused by a narrowing...
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  5. Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar is one of those ancient foods which is experiencing a huge wave of popularity due to its purported natural health benefits. In fact, there is strong evidence that some of these health benefits are very real. Others … not so much. In any case, there is no doubt apple cider vinegar is a worthwhile product to keep...
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  6. New Study Suggests Folate Reduces Risk of Hypertension

    New Study Suggests Folate Reduces Risk of Hypertension
    A study reported online on April 4, 2012 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that young adults who had a higher intake of folate had a significantly lower risk of developing high blood pressure over a 20 year follow-up period. Pengchung Xun of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues evaluated data from 4,400 African...
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  7. Could Fish Oil One Day Take the Place of Statin Drugs?

    Could Fish Oil One Day Take the Place of Statin Drugs?
    Statins are a class of drugs are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver. Brand names include Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor. An estimated 15 million Americans are currently taking some form of Statin drug. While these drugs have proven effective...
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  8. Oranges: Can they Prevent a Stroke

    Oranges: Can they Prevent a Stroke
    I’m sure you don’t need to be told again how much your body needs fruits and vegetables to fend off heart disease and live a long, healthy life. But a recent study* conducted by Aedin Cassidy at the University of East Anglia in England and colleagues at Harvard School of Medicine demonstrates something very specific: oranges may reduce the risk...
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  9. Can poor sleep habits make you fat?

    Can poor sleep habits make you fat?
    A newly published meta-analysis of sleep studies found a link between inadequate sleep and obesity. The research, published in a special issue of The American Journal of Human Biology, explores how lack of sleep can impact appetite regulation, impair glucose metabolism and increase blood pressure. The analysis reinforces the new thinking among experts that poor sleep habits have negative health...
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  10. Heart Smart Solutions to Stress and Depression

    Heart Smart Solutions to Stress and Depression
    Depression and stress raise the risk of heart disease by 2 ½ times. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered that negative emotions such as anger, stress or sadness can be as harmful to the heart as physical risk factors. People with hostile behavior, anger and depressive symptoms respond to stress with increased production of the stress hormone norepinephrine, according...
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