A doctor tackles her own blood pressure

Dr. Beth Piraino was more accustomed to treating patients than being one. But that changed four years after she checked her blood pressure and realized she was in trouble.

“It was 180/110 — really high,” said Piraino, 65, a nephrologist based in Pittsburgh who is president of the National Kidney […]

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 […]