American Heart Association

Have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day full of candy hearts, red roses, cards and sometimes even surprises from those who love you. But the best part of Valentine’s Day is the special date with the one you love the most. This year make another commitment to keep your hearts healthy […]

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 […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Traumatic brain injury complications common among U.S. soldiers

About half of U.S. soldiers with traumatic brain injuries have significant complications — including constricted blood vessels and increased blood pressure in the brain.

Traumatic brain injury is a “hallmark” of recent military conflicts, affecting nearly one-third of wounded soldiers, researchers say.

Using ultrasound records from soldiers who had a traumatic […]

Celebrate your low sodium success!

Low-Sodium Dinner Party

As you near the end of your Twenty-One Day Sodium-Swap Challenge there is one more obstacle to overcome: eating low-sodium, with others. For many, the most daunting task of a low-sodium diet is not the lack of salt, but the lack of company. Or at least the […]

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 […]

Sodium Swap week 2: Skipping the Soda

You know that drinking too many sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), such as teas and flavored drinks, is bad for your waistline. Research shows that it may be bad for something else, too—your blood pressure. A study of nearly 3,000 people published in the journal Hypertension reported that […]

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. […]

The Current State of our Heart Health

Poor eating and exercise habits could be the game-changer in the fight against heart disease and stroke deaths, according to the American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013.

Between 1999 and 2009, the death rate from heart disease fell  over 30 percent, but still accounted for nearly […]