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 […]

SimpleScience@Heart: U.S. adolescents get failing grades for their health

Is your teenager headed for heart problems?

Most in the United States may be, based on a new report on diet, exercise and other healthy behaviors:

More than 80 percent of U.S. adolescents scored a failing grade in the healthy diet category, based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in […]

SimpleScience@Heart Almost everyone in the world eats too much salt

No matter where you live, you’re probably eating way more salt than you should.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s population eats nearly twice the recommended amount of salt per day, according to the first study to analyze salt intake across the globe.

The table-top salt shaker, salt and soy sauce added […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Energy drinks may increase blood pressure, disturb heart rhythm

 You may want to rethink downing those energy drinks — they may increase your blood pressure and disturb your heart’s natural rhythm.

In a recent study, healthy people who had one to three cans of an energy drink:

Changed part of the heart’s rhythm that’s linked to fainting and sudden cardiac […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Heart-healthy behavior reduces cancer, too

Following seven healthy behaviors to prevent heart disease can also help you ward off cancer.

For each American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 steps that you follow, your risk for cancer drops. In a new study, those adhering to one or two of the factors dropped risk by 21 percent; […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Green tea, coffee may help lower stroke risk

Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet.

In a Japanese study, people who drank either green tea or coffee daily had 20 to 30 percent lower risk for stroke than people who seldom drank […]

Ramp Up Your Workout Motivation

 Has your workout become routine and boring?   Lack of motivation seems to be one of the biggest barriers for a lot of people who are exercising and eating healthy. Staying motivated just requires a bit of creativity and variety. Let’s look at a few options.

How about dancing your way […]

Healthy Black Bean & Jalapeno Soup For Cold Season

There’s been a nationwide outbreak of flu in the past few weeks. Our family has been spared as we all got our flu shots in October, but we have been hit by the dreaded common cold! Several members of our family came down with it over the holidays and […]

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 […]