American Heart Association

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, […]

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- Men: Breakfast is important for your heart

Here’s another reason for men to believe the old saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day: New research shows that men who skip breakfast may be more likely to have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than men who don’t.

The study also […]

Color Your Summer – Seasonal Produce on a Budget

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery markets and from local growers.Not only are they refreshing during the summer, but they also help prevent heart disease and stroke. If you enjoy gardening, try planting a few vegetable seeds and see […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Children, teens blood pressures increasing

People aren’t getting kids to follow heart-healthy eating recommendations as well as they should, and it may be causing blood pressures to increase in children and teens.

A study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension reports that the risk of being affected by high blood pressure rose 27 percent […]

SimpleScience@Heart: What’s bad for your heart may be bad for your brain

What’s bad for your heart – smoking, diabetes and other heart disease risk factors – also may be bad for your brain.

In a new study, people with the most heart disease risk factors performed only half as well on brain function tests compared to people with fewer risk factors.

In […]

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 […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Heart failure or not, you’re paying for it

Whether or not you have heart failure, you’ll still have to pay part of the tab for the increasing costs of the condition.

By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year for direct and indirect costs to care for heart failure patients, according […]

SimpleScience@Heart: You can walk your way to good heart health

Not much into running? Then just walk — it can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can.

A new study found if the same amount of energy is used, moderate intensity walking and vigorous intensity running can lead to similar reductions […]

SimpleScience@Heart: After ER visit for chest pain, trip to heart doctor may save your life

A lot of folks treated for chest pain in emergency rooms don’t follow up with a heart doctor — possibly increasing their chance of dying.

That’s the finding in a new Canadian study that revealed a quarter of high risk chest pain patients didn’t seek follow-up care after leaving the […]