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What’s Your CRF?

Engaging in regular physical activity has long been recognized as a key ingredient to a healthy heart. That's because aerobic activities such as jogging, walking and bike riding can help improve blood circulation, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure, as well as assist in quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and warding off depression. Unfortunately, many people aren't getting up and moving for their health. More...

Heart Disease: Not Just For Men

Heart-health experts have spent a lot of time and effort alerting women to the dangers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and educating them about heart attack symptoms. The hope was that, armed with this knowledge, women would have the necessary tools to help prevent heart disease and its complications. More...

Anger: Not Worth the Heartache

Do you have a temper? You may want to find ways to manage it: Outbursts of anger are associated with an increased risk for heart attack, and the more intense the outburst, the higher the risk. More...

Is It a Heart Attack, or a Broken Heart?

Many people have felt the pain of the metaphoric broken heart. But the broken hearts of songs and poetry also have a physical counterpart. Known medically as stress cardiomyopathy, its less clinical term is "broken heart syndrome." More...

11 Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Day

You know how critical regular physical activity is. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recommends that healthy older adults should engage in at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week to reap substantial health benefits. That translates to at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. More...

Latest Thinking on Aortic Valve Disease

Like a car's engine, your heart relies on a healthy set of valves to run smoothly. Every time your heart beats, valves inside are opening and closing to ensure blood keeps pumping in the right direction. Unfortunately, diseases of the valves become more common with age and can lead to heart failure (the inability to pump enough blood for the body's needs) and other conditions. More...

Update: New Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines

In November 2013, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. The guidelines, based on the latest -- and strongest -- evidence from clinical research studies, address the management of blood cholesterol and obesity, provide a new formula for calculating disease risk and emphasize the importance of lifestyle factors, such as a healthy diet and exercise, in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. More...

Potassium and Sodium: Achieving the Proper Balance

Potassium is an important nutrient everyone needs, but if you have heart disease or are at risk for it, potassium takes on particular importance. Getting plenty of potassium from food is a wise move for most people. Others, however, may need to limit potassium in their diets, including those who are taking certain blood pressure or heart medications or have kidney disease. More...

Exercising Safely After a Heart Attack

Exercise can be a frightening proposition in the aftermath of a heart attack. Many survivors worry that stressing the heart -- a muscle that has already been injured by the heart attack -- will trigger a second episode. More...

Heart Attack: Know What to Do If Symptoms Strike

If you or a loved one has a heart condition it's essential to know the warning signs of a heart attack -- just in case. Even if you are familiar with this life-saving information, please review it now. More...

Gentle Yoga May Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Episodes

Yoga is an increasingly popular form of exercise, and now a small clinical trial suggests that slow-paced classes may help curb atrial fibrillation (AF) symptoms. More...

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