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Heart Care

  • Is Your Sweet Tooth Harming Your Heart?

    You can’t sugarcoat this fact: Americans are eating too much sugar. We eat about 18 teaspoons of the sweetener every day. Although it tastes good, sugar isn’t very nutritious. What’s more, your sweet tooth may be bad for your heart.

  • Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

    With every heartbeat, blood rushes through your body. It pushes against your artery walls. You can’t feel this force, even if it’s higher than it should be. That’s why many people don’t know they have hypertension, or high blood pressure.

  • What the New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean for You

    Late last year, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for treating high cholesterol. Their goal: to reduce heart disease and stroke. Here are key points you should know.

  • When Is It Safe to Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

    A heart attack can change everything, even your sex life. You may wonder when you can have sex again or if it’s OK to do so. Research reveals many heart attack survivors are unsure about sexual activity. Talking with your doctor can ease your worries.

  • Sleeping Too Little, Too Much Linked to Heart Woes

    Too little or too much sleep has been linked to a host of heart woes, according to a recent study. What’s considered just right? Seven to 9 hours of shut-eye.

  • Secondhand Smoke: Harmful to Your Heart

    Smoking bans are lighting up across the U.S. Since 2000, more than half of all states and numerous municipalities have enacted laws that limit smoking in restaurants, bars, and public places. A recent study shows such changes may be a boon to heart health, particularly for nonsmokers.

  • Heart Rhythm Problem Becoming More Common

    Your heart beats an average of 60 to 100 times every minute. Despite this constant movement, you probably don’t notice it. That isn’t always the case for the growing number of Americans who have atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem.

  • Poor Heart Health May Hurt Your Brain, Too

    Here's a good reason to keep your heart hearty: your mind. A recently published study suggests unhealthy heart habits may impair brain function-no matter what your age.

  • Anger May Up the Ante for a Heart Attack

    Anger is a powerful emotion. From a subdued simmer to an explosive tempest, it can stress the body. Past research has linked anger with heart disease. And now, a recent study suggests outbursts of ire may actually trigger a heart attack.

  • More Americans Expected to Face Heart Failure

    We're living longer these days. Unfortunately, a longer life doesn't necessarily mean a healthier one. Many Americans are struggling with chronic health conditions-and even more of us will in the future. Case in point: heart failure.

  • Job Burnout May Be Hard on Your Heart

    A lengthy to-do list, a fast-approaching deadline, conflict with a colleague-many people struggle with such on-the-job stressors. When constant and overwhelming, this stress can lead to job burnout. Like other forms of stress, job burnout may affect your health, even raising your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD).

  • The Heart Benefit of Berries

    The sweet strawberry, the perfect bite-sized blueberry, the luscious raspberry-these palate-pleasing fruits are bursting with flavor. And something more: They contain anthocyanin-a potential heart-protecting chemical. It could be the reason why eating berries may be good for your heart, even helping to prevent a heart attack.