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Stress, Inflammation and Heart Health

What’s the connection between stress, inflammation and your heart? Stress can be physical, environmental, mental, emotional and spiritual—anything that causes stress—even in those who believe they function best under stress or who deny feeling stressed at all—all stress can damage your health. Stress—especially chronic stress—induces the release of cortisol—aptly called …

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Heart Healthy Exercise

The heart is a muscle—and as with any muscle, the heart can benefit from exercise. We all hear how important it is to stay active—but are all exercises “created equal” when it comes to your heart? Should everyone perform some form of exercise? Let’s take the second question first—everyone should …

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Fiber for the Heart

Most people know eating a diet rich in fiber is healthy for the gut, but many don’t know it’s also healthy for the heart. A general recommendation for adequate intake of fiber is: For men up to 50 years of age, 38 g/day For men older than 51 years of …

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Heart-Healthy Eating

Heart-healthy eating requires a dedication to eating whole foods and avoiding fast, fatty and processed foods. But is that enough? The Mayo Clinic has a few more recommendations for heart-healthy eating and heart-healthy lifestyle approaches. Keep your Portion Size Controlled Remember the documentary film “Super Size Me”? In this film, …

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Heart Health: Exercise that Muscle

The heart is a muscle—and like any other muscle, it can be strengthened and “toned”. Did you know there exercises that can help increase the strength of your heart? Basic Principles The heart is both a muscle and an organ—a muscular organ. In fact, your heart is one of the …

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Healthy Hearts

For many cultures, the heart is considered the core—the center, the soul and the home for the emotions. It is also the muscular organ that moves the blood throughout the body carrying vital nutrients and oxygen needed by every cell of the body. Gender and the Heart Heart disease is …

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10 Simple Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack

More than 700,000 Americans suffer from heart attack every year.   Fifteen percent of these result in death. The heart must receive an ample supply of oxygenated blood in order to function properly. When plaque builds up in your coronary arteries, it can block the flow of blood to the heart and …

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Eating For A Healthy Heart

The American Heart Association states that “A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease.” But what is a heart healthy diet??? Here are some suggestions: Limit meat portion size If you are concerned about your heart and especially if you are also over weight, one …

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Heart Health 101

Probably everyone knows that heart health is central to good health. You have probably heard phrases like “this is the heartland” or “it’s at the heart of it” or the “heart of the matter”. Part of heart health depends on genetics (your family’s heart health history), but other parts of …

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