Thank you for sharing Heart Month with us! Hopefully, you've learned some valuable ways to take care of yours. To test your heart IQ, take this brief quiz and check the answers at the end to see what you know about keeping your heart healthy.
Men and women can have a variety of different symptoms during a heart attack. Being able to recognize the signs could help you, a loved one or a co-worker in need, so that medical assistance can be called.
Let’s get active! Studies show that sitting and sedentary activity is as bad for you as smoking. Sitting at a desk doesn't help either, so to help you add activity and steps to your day, here are some quick and easy ways to get moving more.
Part of “knowing your health numbers” should include keeping an eye on your BMI, but what is it, and what does it measure? Let’s check it out.
Stretch it out. We know that stretching can make warmed up muscles feel good before or after exercising, but did you know it can also be beneficial to your heart? Let's take a look at how stretching helps and which types of stretches can do a heart good.
When it comes to health, we think that ‘no surprises’ are a good thing. Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are often cited as risk factors for heart disease. Here are four ‘who knew?!’ things related to heart health:
Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to help keep your heart in good shape. But eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor.
Although no one can predict the exact time when a stroke will strike, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk or prevent one. Certain things — like age and family history of stroke — you can’t do much about, but when an underlying medical condition puts you at risk, you may be able to do something about it.
Making a few changes to your lifestyle can help you maintain your blood pressure within a healthy range, but not keeping it under control can be life threatening. Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure should stay below 130/80 mm Hg, but be sure to talk to your doctor to help determine your personal target blood pressure.
Make the most of your next health appointment by taking a few minutes to write down important items that can be helpful to you and your doctor. By creating a list and preparing beforehand, you can make informed decisions about your health and treatment. Here are a few tips and reminders to help your next doctor visit be more productive.
These 10 superfoods are not only good for your heart, they’re highly nutritious foods that can help prevent chronic disease and obesity. By eating a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk of health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Smoking is harmful for almost every organ in the body, and your heart is no exception. Consider that cigarette smoking causes about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States each year, and it’s one of the main preventable causes of death and illness in the U.S.
You may have heard that what comes from the mouth flows from the heart, but did you know that what comes from the mouth can flow down to the heart as well?
Before you take a bite, take a moment to find out exactly what you’re putting in your body. When it comes to trans fats in foods, we break down the good and the bad, and tell you how to get more of the good stuff.
Take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and all that you have to be grateful for.
This Valentine’s Day, love your heart by taking a deep cleansing breath. Relaxation techniques and breathing exercises can help slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure.
Get up and get moving! You don't need a gym to take a brisk walk and get your heart rate up.
Plan ahead with a grocery list. This can be the key to a nutritious diet. Without a list, it’s easier to buy the chocolate chip cookies you sampled as you walked in the story or the decorated box of sugary cereal – especially if you’re shopping on an empty stomach.
Lack of sleep or short duration sleep, sleep apnea and other sleep problems have been associated with increased cardiovascular disease.
We know certain foods contain antioxidants, but what do they actually do and how do they work to fight free radicals? Let’s break it down.
Being smart about your heart can keep you healthy. Here are seven facts to amaze yourself and share with those you care about
A little bit of stress can motivate you to take care of tasks that you need to accomplish.
Exercise is one of the very best things you can do to keep your heart strong. When you sense that the day is getting away from you without your planned workout, here are four exercises you can do almost anywhere and squeeze in as time allows:
What effect does coffee have on your heart? A few studies provide ample reason to start the day with a cup of Joe. As one of the world’s most popular drinks, coffee has been studied a LOT and with varying conclusions. In fact, it’s gone from being on the World Health Organization’s list of possible carcinogens in 1991, to being removed and subsequently hailed as a “healthy beverage” in 2016.
The month of Valentine’s comes with a lot of “sugary goodness.” And for many Americans, the sugar party keeps going all year long. We care about your health too much to keep this info from you.
Change your outlook on veggies. It can be a challenge to get your daily recommended intake of vegetables on a regular basis, but with a little creativity and some pre-planning, it can be pretty easy to add more vegetables to your diet.
Check your heart. It’s important to know your numbers, including cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. Each one can have a major impact on your heart if not monitored. Making this a priority can make a long-term difference on your future health.
Put down the salt shaker. The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium (salt) per day. The recommended amount is 1,500 milligrams or less, according to the American Heart Association.
Think about it. Your blood is like water. The more hydrated you are, the better your heart can help pump blood through the blood vessels to all of your organs and muscles. Hydration means that your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
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