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Sex is safe for most heart patients, doctors sayupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 16:01:00

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).

Why do I no longer need an antibiotic before teeth cleaning?updated: Tue Jan 03 2012 08:54:00

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?

Eating baked, broiled fish protects the heartupdated: Tue May 24 2011 19:14:00

For years, doctors have been telling their patients to eat more fish in order to boost heart health.

Healthiest restaurant lunchesupdated: Fri May 06 2011 11:33:00

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.

Laughter, music may lower blood pressureupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 07:09:00

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.

Getting high blood pressure controlledupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 07:09:00

High blood pressure is very treatable, but it often means making changes in diet and lifestyle. CNN's John Lisk reports.

Study: Most obese moms, kids underestimate their weightupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

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.

Obese moms: When is my child overweight?updated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:08:00

A study says obese moms have more difficulty determining when a child is overweight and also misjudge their own weight.

Sleep deprivation spurs hungerupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:43:00

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.

Cereal may help ward off hypertensionupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 17:03:00

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.

How can I eat healthy if I have to buy in bulk?updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 07:19:00

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?

PTSD linked to hardened arteriesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:47:00

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.

Job strain ups heart-attack risk in womenupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 08:06:00

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 cause the same health problems as red meat?updated: Fri Oct 29 2010 11:01:00

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 on how to perform CPRupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 17:24:00

New guidelines from the American Heart Association change the way people should perform CPR.

New CPR is spelled C-A-Bupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 17:24:00

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.

Would you know if your heart was in trouble?updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 10:28:00

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.

Binge drinking, high blood pressure a lethal comboupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 16:33:00

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.

Hands-only CPR as effective as traditional, studies showupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 09:12:00

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?

CPR with no mouth-to-mouthupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 09:12:00

Research finds a new, highly effective version of CPR that requires only chest compressions.

Sweet tooth? Here's news hard to live withupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 11:01:00

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.

Can you suggest affordable, healthy, easy-to-fix meals?updated: Fri Mar 19 2010 09:39:00

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?

An easy fish recipe to help your heartupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 16:39:00

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).

Is farm-raised salmon as healthy as wild?updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:49:00

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?

Foods that are good for youupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 09:03:00

HLN's Suan Hendricks reports on five foods you can add to your diet to live a healthier life.

Commentary: Know your heart, know the risksupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 18:15:00

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.

Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressedupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 19:52:00

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.

Heart-healthy gifts from the kitchenupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 11:09:00

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.

Study: Some acid suppressants may raise risk of death after angioplastyupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 09:51:00

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.

Is honey a healthier alternative to sugar?updated: Thu Oct 22 2009 16:35:00

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 snacks to keep in the dorm?updated: Fri Oct 09 2009 10:05:00

What are some healthy snack choices that college students can store in their dorm room?

Why care about cholesterol?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

Who should care about their cholesterol levels? Everyone, especially women. CNN's Melissa Long explains.

Knowing cholesterol numbers could ward off heart diseaseupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

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.

Big drop in heart attacks after smoking bans, studies sayupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 16:08:00

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.

The 10 most important nutrition stories of the last two decadesupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 13:47:00

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.

Heart group urges daily limit on added sugarupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 10:27:00

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.

Cholesterol-lowering supplements: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 09:55:00

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.

Study: Cholesterol drugs could help those with healthy levelsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:46:00

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.

Heart tests: What should you have? What can you skip?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:44:00

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.

Brush your teeth, save your life?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:35:00

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.

Disco tune saves man's lifeupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 13:32:00

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.

How to dine out without hurting your heartupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 12:19:00

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.

More heart patients getting cholesterol levels under controlupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 09:24:00

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.

How do I prepare quick and nutritious meals?updated: Mon Jun 08 2009 15:14:00

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!

How to buy the best fishupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 09:36:00

It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the fish counter. Which is tastiest? Which is healthiest? Which is the most sustainable choice?

Women's cancer risk may increase with just a few drinksupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 15:19:00

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.

Defibrillator champion is saved by one himselfupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 19:44:00

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.

Man saved by karma?updated: Fri Feb 13 2009 19:44:00

Gary Terry was saved by a public-access defibrillator he helped to install. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Time.com: French Try Plane Technology in Artificial Heartupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 18:15:00

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

How to be sodium savvyupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 12:07:00

"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.

Time.com: Heart Patients Should be Screened for Depressionupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 17:00:00

Heart patients should be regularly screened for signs of depression, the American Heart Association recommended Monday

Fast facts on fats: What to eat, what to avoidupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 08:24:00

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.

Time.com: Does Green Tea Help the Heart?updated: Thu Jul 03 2008 18:00:00

A new study shows the beverage can protect the heart arteries by keeping them flexible and relaxed

Build a better salad with tasty, interesting add-insupdated: Wed May 07 2008 10:06:00

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.

New CPR techniqueupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 21:05:00

A new version of emergency CPR, without breaths, triples the survival rate in new study. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Revised CPR method helps save Arizonansupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 21:05:00

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.

New hope may lie in lab-created heartupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 12:57:00

Creating a replacement heart for some of the sickest patients may be one step closer, if new research in rats pans out in humans.

Pig heart transplants?updated: Mon Mar 03 2008 12:57:00

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are doing promising research building animal organs from the ground up.

Understanding the cholesterol numbers gameupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 11:45:00

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.

People.com: Toni Braxton: I'm a Heart Disease Survivorupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 14:26:00

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.

CNNMoney: Heart devices zapped by patient studiesupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 20:51:00

The cause of implantable heart defibrillators took a hit Tuesday when researchers reported the results of two studies that failed to reach their objectives.

Twins share one heartupdated: Sun Nov 04 2007 09:00:00

Conjoined twins were born to a Rhode Island woman this week. WJAR's Michelle Brown reports.

CNNMoney: Abbott lifts curtain on cholesterol-cutterupdated: Sun Nov 04 2007 09:00:00

Abbott Laboratories unveiled significant test results Sunday for an experimental cholesterol treatment that could go on sale as soon as next year.

CNNMoney: Lilly's stroke drug faces big momentupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 15:53:00

The moment of truth for Eli Lilly & Co. - and its experimental anti-stroke drug prasugrel - is at hand.

Diet, sugary sodas alike linked to heart disease factorsupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 13:27:00

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.

On call: Preventing diabetesupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 13:20:00

Q: Most of my husband's family has type II diabetes. How can I stop my children from getting it?

Time.com: Study Questions School Defibrillatorsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 11:00:00

A nationwide push to put portable defibrillators in every school may not be worth the cost, a new study concludes

Heart-healthy foods keep your ticker in top shapeupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 04:09:00

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.

Fishing for fast, easy nutrition? Consider cannedupdated: Mon Apr 30 2007 18:23:00

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.

CNNMoney: Blood clot risk of device probedupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 10:04:00

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.

CNNMoney: Controversy surrounds failed test drug resultsupdated: Tue Nov 14 2006 11:58:00

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.

Top heart doctor: 'The system is broken'updated: Mon Oct 30 2006 13:19:00

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.

Shaking the salt habitupdated: Mon Aug 21 2006 16:43:00

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.

No child left out of the dodgeball game?updated: Sun Aug 20 2006 18:55:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 11 2006 14:53:00

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.

Living longer, and generational health concernsupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 10:09:00

It's a plain fact that Americans are living longer than ever before. Life expectancy is now at a record 77.6 years.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 15:12:00

Drug safety questioned

Young researcher wows cardiologistsupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 14:33:00

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.

Man's best friend is also good medicineupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 10:36:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Nov 18 2005 07:14:00

Little good news

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 14:06:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 13:01:00

No comfort for colds

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 21 2005 14:27:00

Better than a spoonful of sugar

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 26 2005 11:54:00

The heart of the story

Report: Obesity rising sharply among U.S. preschoolersupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 15:41:00

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.

FSB: Liberating a Lifesaverupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

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 ...

New heart-health guidelines issued for womenupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 11:18:00

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.

Fortune: Hot Flash! Hormones Have Risks Menopauseupdated: Mon Jan 07 2002 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: In Tough Times, I Turn To Pieupdated: Mon Dec 10 2001 00:01:00

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,...

Money Magazine: 1-800 Accessupdated: Tue Mar 01 1994 00:01:00

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...

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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...

Fortune: BEHIND THE BATTLE OVER CHOLESTEROL Some people with lots of the stuff live to be 90; others with far less die young. Here's why updated: Mon Dec 18 1989 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: TRYING TO MAKE BEEF APPETIZING AGAIN Watch out, chicken. The beef industry is out to convince consumers that you-know-what isn'tupdated: Mon Nov 25 1985 00:01:00

''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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