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Latest Resources

    • 09 DEC 14
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    Preventing Winter Heart Attacks

    Preventing Winter Heart Attacks

    A timely articles by WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Sue Leahy remembers one particular Christmas day vividly. At the time, Leahy, now president of the American Safety and Health Institute in New Paltz, N.Y., was a paramedic on call. “A man had shoveled snow on Christmas Eve and thought he had pulled a

    • 24 NOV 14
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    The Truth Behind More Holiday Heart Attacks

    The Truth Behind More Holiday Heart Attacks

    An informative article by Web Med By Katherine Kam Your heart may leap with delight at the electronic gizmo or emerald bracelet that you’ve just unwrapped from under the Christmas tree. But you can’t say the same for that nasty holiday surprise known as the “Merry Christmas coronary” or “Happy Hanukkah heart attack.” For many

    • 01 NOV 14
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    Eating when not hungry

    Eating when not hungry

    Eating when not hungry can be an issue for your health, so make it count… Binge Eating Does this sound like you — able to control your portions sometimes but losing control and uncontrollably eating large amounts of food at other times? This is called “binge eating” and lots of people do it. A binge

    • 20 OCT 14
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    Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Chocolate has gotten a lot of media coverage in recent years because it’s believed that it may help protect your cardiovascular system. The reasoning being that the cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in

For a Healthy Heart

  • Eat Healthy

    With all the mixed messages about “good” and “bad” foods in the media, it’s not surprising that many people just give up trying to figure out what they should eat. If you’re confused, you’re not alone.

    Forget the competing headlines — the best way to eat heart healthy is to follow national guidelines from organizations like the American Heart Association. These are established by experts who monitor research, and are not focused on the latest fads and trends. It’s actually much simpler than people realize.

    Ready to step up to a diet rich in the healthy nutrients your heart craves? The experts recommend staring here:

    • Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber.
    • Eat fish at least twice a week.
    • Limit how much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat. Only 30% of your daily calories should come from fat, with very little of that from saturated fats.
    • Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
    • Limit your salt intake.

    One way to make sure that your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and low in saturated fats, is to divide your plate at each meal: half vegetables, 1/4 high-quality protein (like legumes — terrific sources of protein and great for a healthy heart!), and 1/4 for fish or a very lean meat.

    And remember, you should get your nutrients from foods themselves, the antioxidants and other heart-healthy goodies found in foods like blueberries, beans, and artichokes don’t pack the same punch when they’re not in food form.

  • Is Your Exercise Routine Really Helping You Have a Healthy Heart?

    It’s easy to get discouraged about exercise: It’s hard to fit into a busy lifestyle. The people at the gym look like they spend hours there. You haven’t run a mile since college. But no excuses — like eating right, getting the exercise your heart needs is easier than it looks.

    If you’re not overweight, all you need to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more times a week. And you don’t have to do it all at once — 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening are just fine.

    Getting that amount of exercise has substantial benefits for your heart, Just how much is hard to quantify, but research shows that being physically inactive is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease.

  • Do You Know Your Other Heart Health Risk Factors?

    A heart-healthy lifestyle is about more than just diet and exercise. The single most dangerous thing you can do to your heart is to smoke. Just by itself, cigarette smoking increases your risk of heart disease, but it also worsens other factors that contribute to heart disease:

    • It increases blood pressure
    • It increases the tendency of blood to clot
    • It decreases levels of HDL — the good cholesterol

    If you smoke a pack a day, you have more than twice the risk of a heart attack than someone who doesn’t smoke.