Foods That Can Save Your Heart

Fresh Herbs Fresh herbs can help make other foods heart-healthy when they replace salt, sugar, and trans fats. These flavor powerhouses, along with nuts, berries — even coffee — can be part of heart-wise eating. Fact: Rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme contain antioxidants. Black Beans Mild, tender black beans are packed with nutrients including folate, antioxidants, and magnesium, along with fiber, which helps control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Tip: Canned black beans are […]

Is This Stress or a Stroke?

Are you stressed out? Is your head throbbing, and you just don’t feel right? Worried you’re having a stroke? You’re probably not. Anxiety, migraines, blood sugar changes, and lots of other things can make you feel weak and funny — and they’re much more likely. But call 911 right away if any of these suddenly happen to you: A terrible headache, worse than you’ve ever had before Weakness on one side of your body Trouble walking, talking, […]

Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because so many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s. With the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it comes as no surprise that higher rates of high blood pressure would follow. It doesn’t help that one out of four of […]

The Risks and Complications of Uncontrolled Diabetes

If not controlled, diabetes can put you at risk for a host of complications that can affect nearly every organ in the body. They include: The heart and blood vessels The eyes The kidneys The nerves The gums and teeth Heart Disease, Blood Vessel Disease, and Diabetes Heart disease and blood vessel disease are the biggest complications that people with uncontrolled diabetes face. Approximately 71% of adults with diabetes also have high blood pressure or […]

Understanding Heart Attack: The Basics

What Is a Heart Attack? The heart requires its own constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, like any muscle in the body. Two large, branching coronary arteries deliver oxygenated blood to the heart muscle. If one of these arteries or branches becomes blocked suddenly, a portion of the heart is starved of oxygen, a condition called “cardiac ischemia.” If cardiac ischemia lasts too long, the starved heart tissue dies. This is a heart attack, otherwise […]

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