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EatingWell Heart Health

EatingWell Heart Health

EatingWell Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women. It's that simple. Fortunately, so much is in our control to boost heart health and avoid being one of the harrowing statistics. This special edition is here to help you reconsider just how you treat the powerful organ that beats close to 2.5 billion times in your life! Certainly, weight control and lifestyle choices can keep your heart in shape, but a heart-healthy diet can keep your ticker seriously ticking. Inside the guide, you'll find the truth about sugar and sodium and how much is too much; get clear about the concepts of "good" and "bad" cholesterol; and learn how to run a check on your physical activity and exercise to see just how powerful they can be. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of delicious and easy-to-follow meal plans and recipes from experts and nutritionists that include classic components of the Mediterranean diet and plenty of plants that keep your heart happy and healthy. Revisit this faithful friend of yours and remember, your heart doesn't live on romance alone!

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United States
Meredith Corporation
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8 min
healthy hearts, healthy selves

In language and literature, the heart has always been essential to the sense of being. It’s believed to be the seat of human emotions, the place where love originates and compassion thrives. But quite practically, your heart is one of the most critical and hardest-working organs in your body. It beats some 2.5 billion times in the average lifetime, pumping blood to every cell, 24-7. That’s why protecting your heart is one of the most powerful ways to stay healthy. Luckily, health experts and solid science continue to uncover more and more ways to keep your hardworking heart healthy—and from treatment to prevention, they’re finding that much is possible. Many of the strategies and tools to avoid heart problems—or at least lessen their impact—are already well within reach. It’s imperative that…

1 min
heart health by the numbers

In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. CDC Just 5-10 minutes of running at a low speed each day could reduce the risk of death from heart disease. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY, 2014 Only about 1 in 6 eligible patients participate in cardiac rehab. CIRCULATION, 2018 The Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. In 2014 in the U.S., pulmonary embolism was the principal diagnosis in 178K hospitalizations. AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY People who attended 36 sessions of cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack or other related cardiac event had a 47% lower risk of death and a 31% lower risk of a repeat heart attack than those who attended just one session. MILLION HEARTS Women who followed a DASH…

7 min
your guide to a healthy heart

Your heart is amazing. It beats about 100,000 times a day and pumps about 1.5 gallons of oxygen-rich blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each minute. When it’s in tip-top shape, it works seamlessly to pump blood throughout your body, providing oxygen and other valuable nutrients that help you power through the day. “I always tell my patients that we live from our hearts, so it’s important to nurture them,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D., a cardiologist in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. “When we take care of our heart, we’re taking care of our entire body from head to toe.” Here’s a look at how your heart works, how things can go awry (and what to do about them) and the heart-healthy numbers…

4 min
recipe for heart health: cholesterol numbers

Many factors affect your cholesterol levels. Some, like genes and age, can’t be helped, but others, such as diet and weight, are decidedly in your control. “Research shows that certain dietary strategies can lower harmful LDL cholesterol by as much as 20 to 30%,” says Wahida Karmally, Dr.PH., R.D., director of nutrition at Columbia University. More positive news: today’s cholesterol-control strategy is a far cry from the restrictive regimens of yesteryear. Now the focus is more on what you can eat than on what you can’t. Cholesterol 101 Cholesterol is a vital nutrient your body needs the same way it requires calcium for strong bones. Your liver produces between 800 and 1,500 mg of cholesterol daily. Each day, you should aim to obtain no more than 300 mg from food. “Cholesterol is…

4 min
5 things every woman should know about her heart

You know the basics of heart disease: it’s the number-one killer of women; you’re at risk if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or both; and you can improve your odds by staying slim and exercising. But there are other factors that can damage your ticker that no one ever tells you about. “Many women—and their doctors—assume that because they’re thin and don’t smoke, they’re at low risk of heart disease, but that’s not always the case,” says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., the medical director of the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health. Here, five facts to learn right now. 1 EVEN THIN WOMEN CAN BE AT RISK Yes, being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for heart disease. But “there are plenty of women…

1 min
sip away

More reason to love your morning cup of joe: Growing evidence suggests that drinking coffee helps protect the heart, particularly for women. In fact, the more you drink—up to 5 cups a day—the greater the benefits, some research shows. One study recently published in the journal Circulation reviewed data from the decades-long Framingham Heart Study, which looks at diet and heart health. The researchers found that, compared with non–coffee drinkers, people who drank coffee had a 7% lower risk of heart failure and an 8% lower risk of stroke. While the study couldn’t prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship, it did show a strong link. Caveat: Step away from the cream and sugar. The health perks apply to plain black coffee, not the super-sweet, high-calorie, caramel-drizzled stuff you get at your…