STORIES FROM THE HEART: Quadruple bypass turns longtime smoker into dedicated marathon runner

Jacob Sternfeld started smoking when he was 12 and by age 50 had hardly ever stopped. He was burning through 30 cigarettes a day, practically two for every waking hour.

“My wife said it was like a secret mistress, because I’d leave dinner to smoke,” he said.

In March 2009, Jacob […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Pregnancy masked her heart failure; now she helps warn others about heart disease

When Jill Russell started feeling chest pains late in her pregnancy, her doctor offered a simple explanation. It was probably just anxiety over the arrival of her daughter.
Relax, she was told.
Jill figured that made sense. After all, before becoming pregnant, she was the epitome of good health – at […]

Heart-Check mark foods must meet new nutrition requirements

This week was the deadline for food companies to meet more stringent criteria limiting added sugar, sodium, total calories and raising minimum dietary fiber requirements for foods bearing the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. AHA formulates and periodically revises its own Heart-Check criteria for different food categories based on sound […]

“The Biggest Loser” features American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Becky Comet, a former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” and Kelly Meyer, co-founder of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, appeared on the television show last night to share how they’re offering healthier options to children at an Arkansas school.

On the show, Comet and Meyer plant an American Heart […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Woman who ignored symptoms now advises others to be aware

More than anything, Melissa Blount wanted to give her daughter Safiya a sibling.

She built her life around her quest for another child. In her late 30s, this meant refusing to take medicine to lower her high cholesterol. While this raised her chance of heart disease, she didn’t worry about […]

Overall heart-healthy diet is more important than occasional indulgences

The fourth in a five-part series of articles that explain the new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines.

Don’t sweat satisfying a sweet tooth every now and then.

New cardiovascular prevention guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology reveal that sticking to an overall heart-healthy diet is […]

Doctors urged to treat obesity as a disease under new guidelines

This is the second in a five-part series that explains what the new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines mean to you.

Doctors should consider obesity a disease and more actively treat obese patients for weight loss, according to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association, American College of […]

Make heart-healthy cooking a holiday tradition

The holidays don’t have to be filled with unhealthy foods.  You can create new traditions by preparing recipes from the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program.

Consider roasted turkey with butternut squash and asparagus, or one of the other simple, heart-healthy recipes offered. 

The best news?  You don’t need years of training […]

Top 10 reasons why you overindulge

Excuses – we’ve all got them when it comes to making healthier food choices. Any of these ring true for you?

1. Because it’s a holiday

We applaud Joey for the creative repurposing of maternity pants as “Thanksgiving” pants. But if your planned binge involves specialized clothing, you may want to rethink […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Personal chef sheds 100 pounds, gains new perspective on food

Kirsten Helle grew up loving food. And there was always plenty to love.

“Celebrations were built around food,” she said. “Every night, dinner was a big production and you ate until you burst.”

Her parents were both great cooks. Her father even had a side business doing catering, making food an even […]