Heart Healthy News Briefs

Chia seeds may help lower heart health risks

Eating plenty of fiber can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight, absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, and to help keep your blood glucose levels stable. But it can be hard for you to get the suggested 30 grams of fiber a day from fruits and vegetables alone. Adding a whole grain, [...]

High blood pressure rates have continued to rise

Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of preventable death in the United States. High blood pressure is one major heart disease risk factor. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, happens when the arteries in your body narrow or harden, making it harder for blood to travel to your [...]

Eating more whole grains may lengthen your life

A recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine showed that those who ate more fiber-rich whole grain foods may live longer than those who don’t eat them very often. Researchers looked at adults aged 50 to 71 over about 10 to 15 years. They tracked the subjects’ health status and fiber [...]

Blood fats may prevent vitamin E from improving your health

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant, an anti-aging compound that helps prevent cells from being damaged by free radicals. By keeping your cells healthy, you can prevent chronic disease, improve the health of your immune system, and produce healthy red blood cells to take oxygen to [...]

Secondhand smoke may raise heart disease risk in children

Smoking is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, smoking can narrow your blood vessels, making it hard for oxygen-rich blood to get to your heart and other organs. However, your smoking habit may also be raising the heart disease risk of those around you. A [...]

Plant-Based Meal Plans Can Protect Your Heart Health

You probably already know that a cornerstone of a healthy, balanced meal plan is plenty of plant foods. Fresh, frozen, and even canned vegetables, fruit, grains, beans and nuts provide important nutrients to help you avoid serious illnesses. A new study from researchers at Imperial College London [...]

Unhealthy Children Are Likely To Become Unhealthy Adults

Your heart is the cornerstone of your overall health, since it pumps blood to all of your organs. For this reason, it is important to take care of your heart, not just when a problem presents itself, but also before that point. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular [...]

Salt Can Be Bad For Your Overall Heart Health

As part of a heart healthy lifestyle, you may be told to lower your sodium (salt) intake in order to reduce your risk of high blood pressure. However, salt may be bad for your heart health in ways you have never thought of before. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of [...]

Losing Weight May Help Obese Adults Get Rid of A. Fib

Obesity can pose many heart health risks, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that those who are obese with a heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation, or A. [...]

Smokers Have A Higher Risk Of Multiple Heart Attacks And Stroke

Smoking is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease, because it constricts blood vessels that move oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that smokers who have had a heart attack or stroke [...]

Folic Acid May Lower Stroke Risk In People With High Blood Pressure

Folic acid is a nutrient most commonly known for helping to prevent brain defects in infants. Therefore, it may not be too surprising to find out that this nutrient can also help prevent strokes, which occur when blood flow to the brain is cut off. A recent study published in the Journal of the [...]

Eating More Veggies Can Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

A good heart healthy meal plan will have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies to ensure that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day. A new study by researchers at Imperial College London in the UK has shown that eating more veggie-based meals may even lower your risk for heart [...]

Heart Disease Risk Is High Among Unhealthy Young Adults

You may already know that the sooner you get healthy, the lower your risk of getting a chronic disease. A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago showed that if you stay healthy before you reach middle age, you can delay the onset of heart failure. Heart failure affects [...]

Lack Of Sleep May Raise Obesity Risk

Eating healthy and staying active are great ways to control your weight. However, getting enough high quality sleep every night is also an important factor in body weight. A recent study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar found that losing sleep can raise your diabetes [...]

A Sense Of Purpose May Improve Heart Health

Managing stress is known to help lower blood pressure levels and improve heart health. You can lower stress by staying active, or through breathing exercises and yoga.  However, a recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Baltimore has found that [...]
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