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Category Archives: Heart Health

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A woman’s guide to beating heart disease

Surveys show that few women think heart disease is their greatest health threat. Unfortunately, it’s the nation’s number one killer, and women are its prime target. Over one-third of the women who die in the U.S. each year die of heart disease. In fact, more women die of heart disease each year than breast cancer. The […]

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Five Easy Steps to Heart Healthy Weight Loss

Do you love your heart? I mean- truly love your heart? Are you making choices on a regular, daily basis that supports your answer? Maybe this is a question you haven’t ever thought of before, but what better time than now to do so. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men […]

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Maintaining Weight Once You’ve Quit Smoking

Although people sometimes gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it. Being aware of situations in which you could be tempted to substitute food for a cigarette, and devising strategies to cope with those instances is your best bet. The following suggestions can help you […]

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Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to the tissues outside the heart. As you age, your arteries become stiffer and thicker. In addition, risk factors, such as smoking and high cholesterol, can damage the artery lining. This allows a buildup of fat and other materials (plaque) to form within the artery walls. The buildup of plaque […]

Cardiovascular Disease Screening

  You’ve probably heard that people with diabetes are at risk for multiple health complications, including cardiovascular disease. As it turns out, cardiovascular disease is especially common among people with diabetes: The majority of people with type 2 diabetes will eventually develop it. Although most people have heard of cardiovascular disease, few understand exactly what […]

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Mushroom & Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto Yields: 2 cups Ingredients 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves 1 cup chopped kale; spine removed 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2/3 cup olive oil ¼ cup walnuts 2 garlic cloves 3tbsp. cold water 1tbsp. lemon juice Preparation Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides […]

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Heart Healthy Cooking Tips

Preparing foods to meet guidelines for heart healthy eating does not have to be complicated or intimidating. Heart healthy eating should include foods from all food groups to meet nutrient needs, but they should be prepared in such a way to promote the health benefits of the foods. In general, most heart healthy guidelines will […]

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Tactics for Better Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes can be a challenge. Researchers are always looking for new ways to help people with the disease. Some strategies focus on new medicines or forms of insulin.