Heart Health

Dark Chocolate May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Great news for chocolate lovers—dark chocolate may lower the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood glucose and bad cholesterol while boosting levels of good cholesterol.

Stress and Heart Health

When you have an unexpected bill, a dead car battery, or family trouble on your hands, are you like a cartoon character with steam shooting out of your ears? Or are you a cool cat who hides your stress?

Walk to Improve your Heart Health

Most of us can expect to cover two miles or more during 30 minutes of walking. If 30 minutes seems like too much, start with less and gradually work your way up.

Getting a Handle on Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease

While campaigns such as American Heart Month in February and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women (goredforwomen.org) are effectively raising our awareness about heart disease and prevention, we still have work to do: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/cdc.gov), each year at least 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke in the United Sates are preventable.

Technology Show Us Some Love with Apps for a Healthy Heart

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you probably use a few apps that you don’t think you can live without. But how about healthy heart apps—apps that might actually help you live better?

Statins Might Reduce the Benefits of Exercise

Statins—cholesterol-lowering drugs—are the most prescribed drugs in the world and have likely prevented countless heart attacks—but they may also block some of the fitness benefits of exercise.

Heart Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Cancer Risk

Following a heart-healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk for heart disease can also help prevent cancer.

City Pollution Increases Factors that Lead to Heart Disease

No one likes pollution, but new research indicates that pollution is more than just a nuisance—it may have drastic effects on our long-term health by contributing to the development of heart disease.

Radiation for Breast Cancer Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Heart Attack

Exposure to ionizing radiation during radiation therapy for breast cancer may increase the risk of heart attack or heart disease later in life.

Chocolate and Blood Pressure

Most people don’t need much convincing to eat chocolate, but now there may be good reason to indulge—research indicates that chocolate could help lower blood pressure.

Have a Healthy Heart

Prevention is the best line of defense against heart disease. By Laurie Wertich Cathy Anderson-Meyers is a beacon of health. She is a triathlete, a professional snowshoe guide, and an instructor for the REI Outdoor School. She eats a healthy diet and has low cholesterol and blood pressure. For the past 17 years, she has […]