STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

Low-cost vaccine lowers bad cholesterol in animal studies

A low-cost vaccine safely lowered levels of bad cholesterol in animal studies — raising the possibility for an easier and more accessible way to control cholesterol in humans, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The vaccine targets PCSK9, an enzyme that degrades a receptor […]

Motorcycle lover shares his story for World Stroke Day

At 39, Gabe Scofield felt he was in the best shape of his life. A service manager at a motorcycle dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scofield regularly spent time racing motorcycles offroad, mountain biking and weight training.

The father of two boys—13-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Zander—Scofield strove to take good […]

Weight gain study suggests polyunsaturated oil healthier option

Short-term modest weight gains in healthy, normal weight young adults was associated with more bad cholesterol levels in those who ate muffins cooked using saturated oil.

However, individuals in the same study who ate muffins made with polyunsaturated oils had improved blood cholesterol profiles, according to a new study […]

Recent study adds weight to the low-carb vs. low-fat debate

 James Driscoll described himself 14 years ago as “happily married – and fat.”

At 212 pounds, the now 48-year-old from Austin, Texas, wasn’t healthy and he wasn’t happy with the way he looked. He kick started his weight-loss journey with a daily exercise routine and a popular low-carbohydrate diet. He […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]

Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Kurt Warner was in the middle of his professional football career when a routine annual physical revealed some unsettling results.

The Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL MVP had high cholesterol.

“It was a shock,” Kurt Warner said, adding that he believed cholesterol was based only on diet and exercise.

Warner, along […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘You don’t have to be overweight and out of shape to have a heart problem’

Susan O’Brien was living happily with her new husband Mark and their two puppies in their dream home, enjoying good times as summer approached.

“Life was wonderful,” recalled Susan, a petite woman in her 50s who exercised regularly and was in seemingly good health. “I felt great.”

Then something startling happened […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heartburn? Hardly. Under an hour later, his life-threatening problem was resolved

John Perotti was mowing the lawn outside his Utah home office when he felt what he thought was “heartburn from hell.” He headed indoors for some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping that would soothe him.

“The minute I got the spoon to my lips, I spit it out,” he said. […]

Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (naturally occurring bacteria in the gut) thought to have beneficial effects; common sources are yogurt or dietary supplements.

“The small collection of studies we looked at suggest […]