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Food and Physical Exercise: The Relationship Is Complex

The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association recommend adults get a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for heart health. Hopefully, you regularly meet this goal by walking, biking or swimming 30 minutes a day five days a week. Even better, you surpass it, particularly if you are trying to lose […]
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Low-Fat Diets Are Obsolete

It wasn’t very long ago that low-fat diets were promoted as the best and healthiest way to lose weight. Americans were told that eating less fat would reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as obesity. Millions embraced the concept, hoping to keep their weight in check and stay healthy well into their senior years. […]
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Antioxidants: Key Ingredients in a Heart-Healthy Diet

A healthy diet contains all the vitamins and minerals your body requires. But did you know there are “power foods” that go beyond a healthy diet to reduce your risk of heart disease? Some of these foods contain chemical compounds that have an antioxidant effect. “Antioxidants give you additional health benefits beyond vitamins and minerals,” […]
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Heart Beat: July 2020

The Foods You Eat Help Determine How Well You Age Most of us would like to live a long life, but only if we’re healthy. No one would choose to grow frail, but that’s what often happens. We become less active, slow down and get easily fatigued. Over time, we need help managing ourselves and […]
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What You Should Drink (or Not Drink) When You Are Thirsty

It’s summertime, and the heat is soaring. The more you perspire, the quicker you get thirsty and the faster you want to quench that thirst. It may be tempting to reach into the refrigerator and grab anything cold. But if you have heart disease or its risk factors, what you drink matters as much as […]
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Should You Try a Diet Drug?

Most of us know how hard it is to lose weight. You try one diet, then another, and even ramp up your exercise, but the excess pounds don’t budge. If your doctor says your weight is increasing your risk for a cardiovascular event, it may be time to think about adding a weight-loss medication some […]
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10 Ways to Remain Healthy in These Stressful Times

Your exercise class was canceled months ago. Frozen entrees and canned foods have replaced the fresh fruits and vegetables in your kitchen. Incessant worries about what might happen to you and those you love prevent you from sleeping at night. It’s time to get back on track. “Healthy habits are important for everyone, but are […]
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Lower Your Blood Pressure With a Morning Walk

Did you know there’s a way to lower your blood pressure that is free, available everywhere and doesn’t require swallowing pills? It’s walking! Starting your day with a lively, 30-minute walk can lower your blood pressure right away. “It’s 100% true,” says Michael Crawford, MS, Manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. “Exercise […]
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Ask the Doctors: Exercise and Losing Weight; Quit Smoking

Q: I am trying to lose weight. Is it true that exercise won’t help? A: Weight loss is all about burning more calories than you take in. In other words, you need to increase your physical activity and decrease your food intake. While it’s true that, in general, diet has a greater impact on weight loss […]
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9 Common Misconceptions About Cardiac Rehab

In searching for the latest medicine or procedure that will stabilize their heart condition and lower their risk, many patients overlook one of the most effective treatments available: cardiac rehabilitation. Participation in a cardiac rehab program has been proven to lower the risk of death from heart disease, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. […]
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This Year, Eat More Fiber!

Most Americans are familiar with fiber as a substance used to prevent constipation. But fiber also reduces the risk of heart disease, as well as cancers of the digestive tract. You don’t have to buy fiber supplements to benefit: Fiber is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Unless you’re a vegetarian, however, there’s […]
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6 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Without Using Medications

Adding fiber to your diet is a great way to lower your cholesterol naturally, but it’s not the only way. There are changes you can make to your diet and exercise habits that will go a long way toward lowering high cholesterol, and with it, reducing your risk of heart disease. 1. Limit your consumption […]
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