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Eight Steps to a Heart-Healthier Diet
(Part 1: Steps One to Four)

By Janis Jibrin, M.S., R.D., and Tracy Gensler, M.S., R.D.

Enjoy spaghetti with red sauce and a glass of wine? Bean burritos? Grilled fish? Zucchini, spinach, or any other vegetable sautéed in olive oil and garlic? Then heart-healthy eating is for you. We'll be walking you through 8 steps to heart-healthier living, starting now with steps 1 through 4!

Outsmarting Your Family History

By Deborah Pike Olsen

If your family tree is full of broken hearts, you may worry that there's a space for you on the next rickety branch.
After all, one to five percent of people younger than 65 who have a heart attack are more likely to have inherited a susceptibility to heart disease.

The X Factor: How Heart disease affects men and women differently

By Austin O'Malley

Heart disease may be the number one worldwide killer of both men and women, but that doesn't mean it affects us in the same way.

Six Indulgent Ways to Help Protect Your Heart

Taking care of your heart is not just about exercise and losing weight. While additional studies are needed, new and emerging research suggests that each of the following may be pleasurable ways to help boost heart health.

The truth about emotional stress and your heart

Good news first: "Stress is not a direct cause of heart attack or the buildup of plaque inside your blood vessels," says cardiologist Stephano Sdringola, M.D., principal investigator for the heart disease research project known as the Century Health Study.

10 Ways Being Active Helps Your Heart

Sure, you know that living an active life is good for your ticker. But do you really know why exercise is such a powerful heart-disease protector? Be active, and see all that you'll reap.

A Stroke Prevention Guide for Women

By Deborah Pike Olsen

When you're living a heart-healthier lifestyle, you're not only working to protect your ticker, but you're also helping your brain ward off stroke.

Why Working Too Much Really is Bad for Your Heart

By Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, R.D.

If you've been burning the midnight oil at work, you might want to forward this blog to your boss. New and emerging research published recently in the European Heart Journal found that British civil service employees who worked 11 to 12 hours per day had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, angina or coronary death than those who clocked a normal eight-hour workday.

A Healthier Heart in 10 Minutes

You already know that living an active life is critical for a healthy heart. In fact, it lowers your heart disease risk from head to toe. The good news is that it doesn't take much to reap the benefits of regular cardio.

Lights Out: How 5 smokers quit for good

By S. Jhoanna Robledo Wade

It's no news that smoking is the number one preventable cause of heart disease. And everyone knows quitting is crucial. You even know what to do. Thing is, it's hard. Really hard. And it's all too easy to give up. That's why we asked former smokers to share how they quit for good-so you might, too. Good luck!

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Test your heart health IQ

The first step to protecting your heart is getting empowered. This quiz will put your knowledge to the test.

Your Heart Health Questions - Answered

By Willow Jarosh, R.D., and Stephanie Clarke, R.D.

Q: I've heard that a low-fat diet can support heart health. Does that mean that I should cut most fat out of my diet?

Do you need to see a cardiologist?

By Denise Maher

Heart disease and stroke are among adults' biggest health risks, yet many aren't able to take full advantage of all the powerful prevention strategies out there.

What's the big deal about salt and your heart?

By Deborah Pike Olsen

You probably worry about how much fat is in your diet, but you might not think twice about salt. Big mistake: Consuming too much salt kills more people than artery-clogging trans fat, says Stephen Havas, M.D., adjunct professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.

Q: Is coffee good or bad for heart health? It seems like I've heard both

By Willow Jarosh, R.D., and Stephanie Clarke, R.D.

A: The phrase "use moderation" may sound common, but that's only because it's so true. And coffee is no exception. The general medical consensus is, for most people, one to two cups a day is just fine.


Is Your Child's Heart at Risk?

Parents around the country were shocked when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as many as 20 percent of American teens already have cholesterol problems.

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Trans fat and heart health: What to know

By Willow Jarosh, R.D., and Stephanie Clarke, R.D.

Q: I've heard I should stay away from trans fat because I have high cholesterol. What foods have trans fat? And are they really that bad?

Decoding the Dairy Aisle

Rich in bone-strengthening calcium and containing potassium, dairy helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels already within normal limits.

10 Superfoods for Heart Health

While many factors affect heart disease, the FDA recommends eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat, sodium and cholesterol to reduce the risk of this disease. Make these 10 foods a regular part of your diet to keep your ticker happily ticking.

Fishing for a Healthy Heart

By Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, R.D.

You know by now that omega-3 fats, like those found in fish are important to eat. But what makes them great? Marine sources of omega-3s can help support heart health and mental and visual function.

B Vitamins and your heart

By Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, R.D.

It turns out that Popeye was right all along...it can really pay to load up on B vitamin- rich spinach. New and emerging research based on a recent Japanese study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that Japanese women who ate the most dietary folate and B6 were less likely to die from stroke, heart disease or heart failure.

Hold the hot dogs?

By Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, R.D.

New and emerging research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the daily consumption of less than two ounces of processed meat (prepared by smoking, curing, salting or adding other chemical preservatives) can significantly increase heart disease risk.

A sneaky heart health threat

By Beth Ehrensberger

White bread. Jelly beans. Doughnuts. They're hardly health food, everyone knows that, but who knew they could pose a danger for your ticker?

A diet to shape up your heart

By Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, R.D.

If you think genetics have your heart health doomed, there's hope.

Healthy Eating Around the Clock

Go ahead and have a slice of (turkey) bacon with your eggs at breakfast in exchange for higher-fat items later in the day. This simple switch, as part of a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may actually help support heart health.

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