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How a nutritional deficiency can starve your heart following surgery

Heart surgery is a dangerous procedure. And the recovery is certainly no walk in the park. Even though your doctor may keep a close check on you, there’s one area that recent researchers have found a big gaping hole. Some people are developing malnutrition related to their surgery and that leads not only to complications but poor recovery.

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

What I tell my patients at their first cardiology visit

When I see a patient for the first time, I point out that my role is not to make a cholesterol or blood pressure number perfect. My role is to help them achieve a greater health goal: longevity. And the truth is, what I can do pales in comparison to what you can do yourself.

William Davis

What a flight of steps can tell you about your heart

A checkup on your heart may look something like this: an echocardiogram to check your valves, an MRI to look for scar tissue, and an EKG to predict incoming heart attack development.  As great as these methods are, they do have drawbacks. But this simple at-home method can check your heart status in between checkups… In […]

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The vitamin that can help save your heart

Heart afflictions are my family’s legacy. Even though it’s not exactly the legacy I want… Since so many people in my family have suffered from heart problems and have had cardiac complications, I’ve learned to be aware of my risk factors at all times, and I do everything I can to avoid participating in my […]

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Are you going through the “cardiovascular change”?

Menopause is a time of distress due to the symptoms it brings. But few realize how much a woman’s risk for heart disease increases during this change. That’s because menopause isn’t just “the change” that marks the end of your menstrual cycle. It’s the time of life that also signals a change in cardiovascular health. […]

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New and improved Mediterranean diet reduces heart risks even more

One of the best diets for lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and even diabetes is the Mediterranean diet. But would you believe researchers have found a way to take those benefits up a few notches to help us lose more weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure even more? Meet the better, greener Med diet…

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Joyce Hollman

Women are more likely to die from heart attack and heart failure than men

Heart attack continues to be the leading cause of death in men. But women do suffer heart attacks, and when they do, they appear to get the shorter end of the stick. In fact, recently published research found women to be at a surprisingly higher risk for heart failure and heart attack death than men… […]

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How to reduce heart failure risk by 42 percent

Sadly, almost 380,000 people are likely to die this year due to heart failure. And while numerous factors can raise your risk of becoming one of those statistics — like high blood pressure, heart attack and even diabetes that damages your blood vessels — there’s an easily modifiable risk factor that might surprise you… your […]

Carolyn Gretton

The amazing benefits of just 12 minutes of exercise

It’s no secret that a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc with your health. But sometimes it can seem impossible to work even 30 minutes of exercise into your busy life. Luckily, experts are finding more evidence that smaller stints of exercise can be just as powerful, yielding significant benefits you can’t afford to pass up.

Carolyn Gretton

How walnuts help curb the most destructive process in your body

Walnuts are known to have numerous health benefits, many of which involve the heart — I’ve lost count of how many I mention in this one post! And now, the largest and longest study to date exploring the benefits of walnuts has discovered how they can help protect you from one of the most destructive processes in the human body…

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The heart disease triggers that start as menopause symptoms

It’s time to stop thinking of menopause as something perfectly normal. While the menopause symptoms women experience may seem annoying, the truth is they can actually be a harbinger of things to come for your heart. So, what turns a menopause symptom into a heart disease trigger? The number of them you might suffer carries more weight, even if they’re moderate to severe…

Carolyn Gretton

Your heartbeat and COVID: The infection that leads to AFib

Researchers continue to uncover the ways in which COVID-19 affects our bodies. One connection they discovered between COVID and your heartbeat could raise the risk of death from the illness considerably or leave you with a lifelong condition…

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