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Carolyn Gretton

Do you have to choose between meat and heart health? Maybe not

If you’re at risk for heart disease, you may be avoiding meat, especially red meat, and eating more vegetables, per doctor’s orders. While more of the green stuff is always a good idea, a 10-year study has found some good news for meat lovers: All meat isn’t off the board — just this group found to significantly raise the danger risk for your heart.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The delicious drink that protects your heart when you’re stressed

When you’re anxious, your heart rate and blood pressure go up. The function of your arteries is also temporarily impaired. So, what can you do other than try to Zen out or medicate? Tantalize your taste buds with the drink that wards off stress-induced cardiovascular events.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How your walking speed affects your COVID-19 risk

Early on we learned that many factors could contribute to our risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Those factors even impact the severity and outcome of a bout with the virus. Now, a risk factor has been identified that seems really odd, but when you understand why it matters, it makes perfect sense.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Can heart failure really be turned around with exercise?

One of the complications that comes with heart failure is a “reduced ability to exercise.” After all, it makes sense that if your heart isn’t pumping as well as it should, it would be harder to go for a run. But a growing body of research is showing that exercise may be exactly what’s needed.

Joyce Hollman

Help getting back in the saddle again following heart attack

Following a heart attack, there’s a lot of fear. No one wants to risk going through that experience again. But movement is essential to improving qualtity of life after a heart attack. A simple technique with loads of other proven health benefits is also proving to help survivors get back in the saddle again.

Joyce Hollman

Caring for your heart lowers your cancer risk

More American adults die of heart disease each year than from any other cause, with cancer a close second. It seems like a lot of work to try to avoid both. But is it? Research shows just trying to avoid one of these killers can protect you from both.


Joyce Hollman

Heart disease? Eat fish twice a week to save your life

A diagnosis of heart disease is a serious wake-up call. Some people heed that call, while others wonder if the diagnosis is the beginning of a downward spiral they have little control over. Well, a very large study has proven it doesn’t have to be, as long as fish is part of your diet…

Carolyn Gretton

The stress ‘vital exhaustion’ can place on your heart

Vital exhaustion, or burnout syndrome, is usually characterized by persistent stress, excessive fatigue, feelings of demoralization and sleep problems. This syndrome is linked to a number of health issues, including Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes, but its biggest impact appears to be on the heart…

Carolyn Gretton

The damage a high-fat diet can do to your heart

There are benefits to high-fat, low-carb diets, particularly for weight loss and brain conditions like epilepsy. But there’s no denying the damage fat can do to your heart. Researchers have uncovered a connection between diets high in fat and a certain protein that can wreak havoc with your cardiac health…

Joyce Hollman

The heart danger that masquerades as vision loss

Strokes don’t only happen in the brain. Retinal artery occlusion is a stroke that happens in the eye. The only symptom may be diminished vision. But an “eye stroke” is considered a medical emergency, meaning minutes count not only to avoid permanent vision loss but to prevent another serious event…

Carolyn Gretton

A low-dose aspirin a day may keep the worst of COVID-19 away

Aspirin has been around as an anti-inflammatory for more than a century. And new health benefits associated with this old-school medicine are still being uncovered today. In fact, researchers may have found a link between low-dose aspirin use and protection against COVID-19…

Carolyn Gretton

Why espresso could negate coffee’s heart-healthy benefits

Much has been written about coffee’s health benefits, but one area that’s been murky is whether coffee helps or hurts heart health. Now, another study has confirmed that drinking coffee made a particular way, and used as the basis for some of our favorite coffee house beverages, can actually raise the risk of cardiovascular disease…