Heart Health - Prevention

What to Expect During a Stress Test

If you're experiencing chest pains, shortness of breath, or abnormal changes in your heart's rhythm, your doctor may recommend that you have a stress test.

Soy Products May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Findings suggest that eating just a half-cup of soy nuts each day may work as well in reducing high blood pressure as anti-hypertension medication, and may also be beneficial in lowering cholesterol.

An Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Could Save Your Life

For people with a history of abnormal heart rhythms, either too slow (bradycardias) or too fast (tachycardias), having an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) can also be lifesaving because it can detect any dangerous heart arrhythmia and deliver an electrical shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death.

Calcium in Arteries May Predict Heart Attack Risk

A study found that the addition of a patient's coronary artery calcium (CAC) score to their other risk factors for heart disease (smoking, age, and cholesterol levels) led to a better prediction of their category of risk-low, intermediate or high-for developing heart disease than traditional factors alone.

5 Heart-Smart Summer Foods

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the produce available at your local farmers' market or green grocer.

What Your Height Says About Your Heart Risk

Do you stand heads above...or below...the crowd? The answer could determine your chances of developing, or even dying from, disease.

The Heart Benefits of Garlic

Although garlic may not ward off evil spirits, it may be instrumental in warding off a variety of health problems, including heart disease.

Could Your Pulse Predict Your Heart Attack Risk?

A simple, inexpensive way to predict a woman's risk for a future heart attack may be just a fingertip away.

Folic Acid May Not Reduce Stroke Risk

An analysis by researchers at the UCLA Stroke Center in Los Angeles found that folic acid supplements don't appear to cut the risk of stroke.

B Vitamins May Lower Heart Disease Risk

Researchers recently analyzed data from over 23,000 men and over 35,600 women and found that the risk of developing cardiovascuar disease can be significantly cut by getting enough of certain B vitamins.

Predicting Heart Disease in Women

As part of the American Heart Association's focus on women and heart health, the organization initiated new guidelines in 2007 to help doctors evaluate women's risk factors for cardiac disease. Three years later, how well are these guidelines working?

B Vitamins May Lower Heart Disease Risk

Heart disease is common and deadly, but you can avoid it. Find out how these vitamins could be heart saviors.

5 Ways your TV is Slowly Killing You

Research suggests that your TV-viewing habit can be a deadly pastime.

Number of Births Increases Heart Disease Risk

Find out how the number of children a woman bares can impact her heart disease risk.

Sitting Too Long Could Be Dangerous to Your Health

Sitting too long raises fatality risk, experts say.

Yo-Yo Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk

Blood pressure levels can fluctuate over time, but too much fluctuation can increase your risk of this potentially fatal condition.

Go Low-Carb to Slash Your Blood Pressure

Low-carb living isn't just for weight loss; it can help you reduce your blood pressure and help your heart as well.

What You Should Know About Metabolic Syndrome

The number of people affected by metabolic syndrome is rising, and expanding waistlines may be a contributing factor.

Peripheral Arterial Disease: What You Should Know

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) impacts millions of people in the U.S. each year, and it can be deadly. Do you know the signs?

How to Prevent a Second Heart Attack

If you've already had a heart attack, the scary reality is that you have to go above and beyond to prevent another one. Find out how.

Slow Down the Clock With Exercise

Your cardio-respiratory fitness level decreases more rapidly after age 45. Fortunately, there are ways to slow down this decline and maintain a higher fitness level throughout middle age and your senior years.

Low IQ Is a Predictor of Heart Disease

In a surprising finding, a new British study shows that a low IQ is a stronger predictor of heart disease than any other traditional risk factor with the exception of smoking.

Eating to Get and Stay Heart Healthy

The statistics are daunting. Sixty-seven percent of Americans ages 20 and older are overweight or obese. So what can you do?

Sex Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Sex has innumerable benefits, and growing evidence is proving that improved heart health is one of them.

Body Fat and Disease Prevention

Having fat on the lower portion of your body, such as on the thighs, hips and backside, may protect against diabetes and heart disease, a recent report suggests.

Common Infections May Raise Stroke Risk

According to recent studies, exposure to some common pathogens (infectious organisms) may raise the risk of having a stroke.

Pediatric Stroke: What You Should Know

When you think of strokes, you probably think it only happens to adults. In fact, pediatric stroke also exists and it s important to know the signs of this serious condition in case your child is at risk.

The Link Between BPA and Heart Disease

New research has confirmed a link between exposure to this chemical and heart disease.

Is Electrosmog Harming Your Health?

Electrical pollution from cell phones and WiFi known as "electrosmog" is hazardous to our health, according to recent research.

Cigarettes: Just One Can Be Harmful

According to a recent study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, smoking just one cigarette stiffens the arteries of young adults by a staggering 25 percent.