If you've recently had a heart attack or heart surgery, you might be concerned that revving up your pulse during a moment of passion could be dangerous. Rest assured: Resuming sexual activity is perfectly safe for most heart patients, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA).
I have a heart murmur and until recently my dentist said I needed antibiotics when I had my teeth cleaned. When did this recommendation change?
For years, doctors have been telling their patients to eat more fish in order to boost heart health.
That bling-worthy lunch tote may pull in the compliments, but sometimes it's hard to feel the love about what's inside, particularly if it's last night's leftovers.
Listening to your favorite tunes or funny jokes could lower your blood pressure, perhaps even as much as cutting salt from your diet or dropping 10 pounds, according to the preliminary results of a small study presented Friday at American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.
High blood pressure is very treatable, but it often means making changes in diet and lifestyle. CNN's John Lisk reports.
Roughly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the U.S. are now overweight or obese. Aside from contributing to rising rates of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, this widespread weight problem also appears to be changing our perception of what's considered heavy.
A study says obese moms have more difficulty determining when a child is overweight and also misjudge their own weight.
Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling drowsy and slow-witted, but that's not all: New research suggests it may also rev up your appetite.
Starting each day with a bowl of cereal -- especially a whole-grain variety -- could trim up to 20% off your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to preliminary research presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.
I live in a very remote location: Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. I have a hard time buying groceries that are healthy. There is no way I could get to the store even once a week. I end up buying in bulk: frozen (limited space), cans, dry just-add-water type stuff. Any suggestions for better eating?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more than the mind. The disorder may damage blood vessels and increase the risk of dying early, according to new research presented today at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
Women with very demanding jobs are nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack as their peers in more easygoing occupations, a new study suggests.
Does wild game meat (deer, elk, antelope, etc.) cause the same health problems typically associated with red meat consumption or are its health benefits more akin to eating fish or chicken?
New guidelines from the American Heart Association change the way people should perform CPR.
It was 5:16 a.m. when the call came in to a 911 dispatcher in Madison, Wisconsin. The story, from Cathy Silver, came out staccato: Cathy's husband, Jim, was gagging, gasping for air. A nurse at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Cathy could see that her husband, the father of four grown children, was in cardiac arrest.
When Eugenie Smith's hands started tingling, she figured her biking gloves needed more padding. When she felt out of breath after a short walk on a treadmill, she assumed it was pneumonia. When her chest hurt, Smith chalked it up to indigestion.
It's no secret that high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Nor should it come as a surprise that binge drinking isn't the healthiest habit. But a new study suggests that combining the two may add up to double the trouble -- and much more, in some cases.
You're in a restaurant, or at an airport, or on a crowded street. The man or woman next to you crumples to the ground. Do you know what to do? Anyone trained in CPR knows the first step: Check for breathing, and check for a pulse. If there's no heartbeat -- what then?
Research finds a new, highly effective version of CPR that requires only chest compressions.
Sugar lovers may have to face a bitter truth: The less sugar added to foods for typical people, the better are their blood-fat profiles and the lower are their cardiovascular risks, a study to be published Wednesday concludes.
I'm a senior on a fixed income. I can't drive and have only partial use of right arm because of stroke. Now my doctor tells me to get on a low-fat, low-sodium, low-carbohydrate diet. I have about $150 a month to spend on "kitchen" items, including taxi fare, detergent, paper towels, etc. I've done some online searching, but have not come up with an affordable, easy-to-prepare menu. Any help out there?
You've probably heard eating more fish is good for you. But if selecting and preparing fish feels like entering uncharted waters, you're not alone: Most Americans eat very little fish compared to chicken and beef (just under 7 pounds a year vs. more than 100 pounds, according to the United States Department of Agriculture).
They say that wild salmon is best, but what if you can't always get wild salmon? Is it safe to eat farm-raised or do you just not eat it ? I see farm-raised from Canada and always think maybe that's better, but is it?
HLN's Suan Hendricks reports on five foods you can add to your diet to live a healthier life.
You may not think that a woman like me could be at risk for heart disease, but the truth is, I have a heart condition. Fortunately, it isn't a life-threatening one, but not all women are as lucky.
People with heart disease and similar conditions who don't have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the "sunshine vitamin," according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter.
Nothing quite expresses love and joy like gifts of food -- especially for those loved ones on your list who may be at higher risk for heart disease.
Heart patients who take certain stomach-acid-suppressing drugs to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding may be at increased risk of dying after a cardiac procedure, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Orlando, Florida.
I was wondering if substituting sugar for honey is a healthy trade-off? Are the types of sugar and antioxidants in honey worth the 70 calories per serving, or if I'm trying to lose weight, should I cut out sugar altogether, including honey?
What are some healthy snack choices that college students can store in their dorm room?
Who should care about their cholesterol levels? Everyone, especially women. CNN's Melissa Long explains.
When 48-year-old Erin Peiffer, of Eldersburg, Maryland, learned that she had high cholesterol in her 20s, she never thought it would pose a problem.
The ban on smoking in public places, such as bars and restaurants, has been one of the greatest public health debates of the early 21st century. Now, two large studies suggest that communities that pass laws to curb secondhand smoke get a big payoff -- a drop in heart attacks.
America's relationship to food and health has certainly changed in the 20 years since Cooking Light debuted. Some of those changes may seem discouraging: Rates of obesity and diabetes have risen, food-borne illnesses frequently make headlines, and more people eat meals -- often fast food -- away from home than ever before.
If you're like most Americans, you will consume 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of added sugar today. Now, the American Heart Association would like you to cut back dramatically.
If you're looking for an all-natural way to lower your cholesterol -- in addition to watching what you eat and exercising -- there are plenty of dietary supplements on the market that claim to do the trick. Each year seems to bring a new alternative remedy -- garlic, ginseng, or red yeast rice, for example -- that users tout as the next best thing to get cholesterol under control.
Healthy men and women with good cholesterol levels could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, better known as statins, according to a study released at the American Heart Association meetings in November.
When Carrie Vincent of Westminster, Maryland, had three miscarriages a few years ago, her doctors put her through a lot of tests. She found she suffered from an ailment known as prothrombin gene mutation, a rare syndrome that causes blood clots.
Oral surgeon Dr. Gary Bouloux is about to pull a diseased wisdom tooth from his patient's mouth, using forceps that look like a pair of silver pliers.
Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless.
Americans talk a good game about wanting to eat well. More than 75 percent claim they want to see more healthy options on restaurant menus. But when it comes time to order, only about half say they actually make nutritious choices, according to a recent survey.
After years of rising cholesterol levels from fatty diets and pudgy waistlines, there's finally good news, experts say. More people who are trying to lower their cholesterol are actually succeeding in getting their low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol, down to healthy levels.
I am a single woman who works full time and goes to school part time. How do I prepare nutritious meals when I barely have time to go through an unhealthy drive-thru joint? Any suggestions on what kinds of foods are good for packing in the a.m. and then eating later? I would love to start cooking for myself, but it just seems like such a waste if it's only me that's eating. Thanks!
It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the fish counter. Which is tastiest? Which is healthiest? Which is the most sustainable choice?
Attention, libation lovers: Middle-aged women who indulge in just a few alcohol-containing drinks each day may have a higher risk of cancer than those who drink less often, according to a report released Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Retirement hasn't been full of lazy days, rounds of golf and luxury vacations for Gary Terry. When this former telecommunications executive called it quits after a 32-year career, he took up an equally time-consuming volunteer job as chairman of the American Heart Association's Texas chapter.
Gary Terry was saved by a public-access defibrillator he helped to install. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
In the race to build a better artificial heart, French scientists have turned to technology from satellites and airplanes to create a heart that they say responds better to the human body
"Enough salt already," sighed Theo Hodge on a recent evening as I added more salt to a plat de resistance I was preparing for us. Considering that he was my doctor, the scolding came as no surprise. But as a chef and food writer, I know sodium chloride salt is an important ingredient in many recipes. Both professional and home cooks equate salt with flavor.
Heart patients should be regularly screened for signs of depression, the American Heart Association recommended Monday
From curbside snack carts to four-star restaurants, New York City chefs have until next summer to rid their kitchens of trans fat. It's a bold move, but a necessary one, according to city health officials.
A new study shows the beverage can protect the heart arteries by keeping them flexible and relaxed
While the quintessential pairing of ripe tomatoes and lettuce is certainly enjoyable, a good salad can be so much more. Adding fruits, nuts, and other well-chosen ingredients offers a welcome change. More importantly, incorporating a few more nutritious ingredients is an easy way to serve a more healthful dish.
A new version of emergency CPR, without breaths, triples the survival rate in new study. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Mike Mertz was dead. With no pulse, no heartbeat and no vital signs, he lay slumped in the front seat of his Saturn, foot wedged against the accelerator with the car stuck between a tree and a stucco wall in Mertz's townhome complex in Glendale, Arizona.
Creating a replacement heart for some of the sickest patients may be one step closer, if new research in rats pans out in humans.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are doing promising research building animal organs from the ground up.
Lets face it: All the information around cholesterol makes it something of a confusing topic. Not only do we make our own cholesterol, but we also must have it to produce other important body assets, such as cell membranes and certain types of hormones.
Helping kick off National Heart Month – which covers all of February and also encompasses Valentine's Day – Grammy winner Toni Braxton tells PEOPLE she is uniquely qualified to become involved in cardio awareness.
The cause of implantable heart defibrillators took a hit Tuesday when researchers reported the results of two studies that failed to reach their objectives.
Conjoined twins were born to a Rhode Island woman this week. WJAR's Michelle Brown reports.
Abbott Laboratories unveiled significant test results Sunday for an experimental cholesterol treatment that could go on sale as soon as next year.
The moment of truth for Eli Lilly & Co. - and its experimental anti-stroke drug prasugrel - is at hand.
People who drink one or more soft drinks a day have a more than 50 percent higher risk of developing the heart disease precursor metabolic syndrome than people who drink less than one soda a day, a new study has found. And it didn't matter if it was a regular soda or a diet soda.
Q: Most of my husband's family has type II diabetes. How can I stop my children from getting it?
A nationwide push to put portable defibrillators in every school may not be worth the cost, a new study concludes
Creating custom food plans for patients isn't the hard part of Bethany Thayer's job. For the Michigan-based registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, one of the most difficult aspects of her work is helping patients interpret the often-contradictory health news they hear each day.
We love fish. Americans are eating more than ever. And there are compelling reasons why. In light of the positive health benefits associated with fish, we're looking for creative ways to incorporate it into our diets.
An FDA advisory committee will be taking a hard look this week at drug-coated stents, which the agency approved back in 2003 to prevent the arteries from re-closing better than non-drug stents.
Unexpected controversy at the American Heart Association conference over test results of a failed experimental drug pits an independent researcher against a massive drug company and its biotech partner.
Research breakthroughs and successful new treatments make headlines, but the president of the American Heart Association says the real story is the need for fundamental change in the way care is delivered in America.
Doctors call it "the white-coat effect:" the natural rise in blood pressure that comes with exam-room anxiety. But a simple case of nerves couldn't explain the numbers that Roger Moeller, a 60-year-old editor and publisher in Bethlehem, Connecticut, was hearing during an annual physical.
As more of America's school-age children are growing fatter, the physical education curriculum that might help them win the fight is gasping for air, says a recently released report.
Once again the thorny issue of replacement estrogen grabbed attention in the major medical journals -- the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of studies that document the pluses and risks of this hormone.
It's a plain fact that Americans are living longer than ever before. Life expectancy is now at a record 77.6 years.
Drug safety questioned
Scott Casale couldn't have been more pleased when the American Heart Association accepted his research study for presentation at the group's big annual meeting a month ago, a gathering of the world's most prominent cardiologists.
The white coats of cardiologists are a regular fixture for heart patients, but more and more, the furry coats of man's best friends might become a common sight.
Little good news
The "art" of medicine -- a term that doctors often fall back on when the "science" of medicine is open to interpretation -- was illustrated by studies in the leading medical journals this week.
No comfort for colds
Better than a spoonful of sugar
The heart of the story
The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the playpen: More than 10 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Association reported Thursday.
Every year 340,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest, with about 80% collapsing at home, according to the American Heart Association. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which require ...
Heart disease is the leading killer of both genders in the United States, but until now, women had to rely on prevention and treatment guidelines based on research on men.
When Leslie Wallace began having symptoms of menopause five years ago, her doctor prescribed Prempro, a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). She wanted relie...
The best dessert in the U.S. is the Swedish apple pie at Crabtree's Kitchen in Copas, Minn. Light. Creamy. Perfect in every way. I gave Crabtree's a call. "Sorry, we no longer sell food for people,...
1-800-AHA-USA-1 Call the American Heart Association's toll-free heartline during business hours for free or low-cost brochures about coronary disease, high blood pressure, strokes and diet, such as...
Will Bill and Hillary get control of health care costs? As we punch away at the keyboard, that is the question pulsating in the Beltway beau monde. Back here in the real world -- the everyday world...
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE if all medical advice about life-and-death matters like heart disease were based on clear, unambiguous scientific evidence? But it's not. That disagreeable fact has left million...
''WHAT DO YOU expect for 300 calories?'' asks the narrator of a new set of commercials running on television screens across the country. With Beethoven's ''Ode to Joy'' providing background flavor,...
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