Heart Healthy Vacationing

When traveling by car, you’ve already spent a lot of time planning your trip. We all want to make good time, but it’s also important to schedule several breaks into your itinerary, especially if you have children.

Pack a cooler full of healthy snacks, and even complete meals. Chopped veggies, […]

More coverage of study on sex after a heart attack

The American Heart Association’s study about women hoping to get more information from their doctors about sex after a heart attack was covered extensively by other news outlets.

CBS News offered this video and online story
Harvard Women’s Health Watch offered this story
MSNBC offered this q-and-a

The American Heart Association also offers […]

Summer is a Stress-Free Zone

Lazy days of summer? Not so fast. The three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be one of the busiest – and most stressful – times of the year. With the kids home from school, vacations on the horizon, and an increased social calendar, summer can take […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Sweating during workouts may help reduce stroke risk

Breaking a sweat during your workouts may reduce your risk of stroke.

Researchers found that people who exercised intensely enough to sweat at least four times per week were 20 percent less likely to have a stroke or mini-stroke than people who exercised less than once per week.
      Exercise affects […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Getting fit in middle age may reduce your risk of heart failure

Middle aged and out of shape? It’s not too late to get fit — and reduce your risk for heart failure.

In a new study, 40-year-olds who improved their fitness reduced their heart failure risk eight years later, compared to those who continued to have a low fitness level.

The improvements […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Walking your dog helps your heart

Here’s yet another reason why dogs are man’s best friend: They could help reduce your risk of heart disease.

The American Heart Association says owning a pet, especially a dog, is likely associated with lower heart disease risk.

Having a dog is particularly helpful because you get in physical activity when […]

SimpleScience@Heart: The couch is no place for people with heart defects

If you or your child were born with a heart defect, don’t skip out on physical activities.

While some irregular heartbeat conditions may limit what you can do, most people with heart defects can do just about any physical activity. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about what […]

Fun Ideas for Family Fitness with Your Kids

Exercise is very important for your family.  There are many benefits to fitness.

have stronger muscles and bones
have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
be less likely to become overweight
decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
have a better outlook on life

One […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Alternative therapies may help lower your blood pressure

Alternative therapies may help reduce your blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

An expert panel assessed three alternative remedy categories — exercise; behavioral therapies such as meditation; and devices or non-invasive procedures like acupuncture — and found that some can help people with blood pressure levels higher than […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Walking trumps massage for improving life after stroke

Stroke survivors should consider a regular stroll around their neighborhood instead of routine trips to a masseuse.

A new study shows that stroke survivors who walked three times a week were better off than those who got therapeutic massages. The walkers reported a better quality of life related to their […]