American Heart Association

SimpleScience@Heart 7: lucky number for reducing stroke risk

Seven may be your lucky number when it comes to reducing stroke risk.

For every extra seven grams of fiber people added to their daily diet, their risk of having a stroke decreased by 7 percent, according to a new study. That means about half a cup of whole wheat […]

Heart Healthy Choices & Happiness

Five years ago I got a call from my dad. He didn’t want to worry me, but he wanted to let me know that he needed to have open heart surgery. After a few months of feeling out of breath on walks he took everyday, he finally told his […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Eating lots of Southern-style foods could raise your risk of stroke

Southern-style foods may be finger lickin’ good — but they may also be linked to a higher risk of stroke.

In a scientific study, researchers found that those who reported eating Southern style foods six times a week were 40 percent more likely to have a stroke compared to those […]

SimpleScience@Heart: 6,000 steps a day could keep recurrent strokes away

Stroke survivors who walk 6,000 or more steps a day are less likely to have another vascular event than survivors who walk fewer.

Researchers — looking at patients who had a stroke six months before their study — found that those who experienced additional vascular events had significantly lower daily […]

Dining out on a low sodium diet

 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that you consume no more than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day.  This can be difficult to achieve if you eat out regularly.  Americans get more than three-quarters of their sodium intake from processed and prepared foods, including restaurant foods.  The Center for […]

Look out for hidden sodium in processed foods

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that all Americans consume no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, more than twice our average intake of 3,400 mg of sodium.  But, what does 1,500 mg of sodium really mean?  Chemically sodium is the positive ion in sodium chloride […]

Exploring the Unfamiliar

The next time you tell someone that you’re on a low-sodium diet and they respond with something like, “that must be so flavorless,” I want you to ask the following questions in return: When’s the last time you made creamy dal? Or eaten matzoh brie? Or slow roasted pepper […]

Finding Flavor Beyond the Shaker

For the next three weeks, the American Heart Association challenges you to kick back on the salt. But that doesn’t mean three weeks of eating boring, bland food. Instead, it means you’re about to discover a whole world of flavor beyond the shaker. And experience a few AHA flavor […]

Ways to maintain your Heart-healthy resolutions

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.  For most Americans, holiday eating is followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.  Studies show that about 60% of Americans are overweight. […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Average American has at least 4 of 7 major heart-health risk factors

The average American has at least four of the seven major factors that compromise their heart health, according to a new study.

The American Heart Association defines ideal heart health as optimal levels of seven factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, physical activity and healthy diet.

Research […]