The New Blood Pressure Guidelines: 4 Things You Need to Know

Nearly half of U.S. adults (46%) are now considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. The guidelines set a lower threshold for a disorder often called  “the silent killer” because hypertension typically causes few or no symptoms as it wreaks slow mayhem on your blood vessels and vital …

Cures in Your Kitchen: Heart-healthy Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. Modern science has shown that some of these tasty flavorings really do have remarkable health benefits, particularly for boosting cardiovascular (CV) wellness. Two very large studies recently linked a spicy diet to longer life and lower risk of death from heart-related causes. One reason why certain …

The No. 1 Risk for Stroke – and What to Do About It

The world’s leading cause of death and disability is also the most preventable: High blood pressure is a stealthy assassin that wreaks silent havoc on your blood vessels and vital organs, including your heart, brain and kidneys. Nearly one in three adults has hypertension, the leading risk for stroke and a major contributor to heart disease.  Yet nearly half of …

Why Is Sleep So Important to Heart Health?

Regardless of other risk factors, people who don’t sleep enough face an increased threat of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of American men and women. In fact, one study of about 3,000 people over the age of 45 reported that those who snoozed fewer than six hours a night were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or …

7 Crucial Steps to Protect Women’s Heart Health TODAY

February marks American Heart Month, dedicated to raising awareness of the leading killer of U.S. men and women: cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although CVD is highly preventable and treatable if caught early, it claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Women, in particular, are under-diagnosed and undertreated for the leading threat to their health. The BaleDoneen Method strives to …

What 92% of Women Don’t Know About Screening for Heart Disease

Very few women are aware of the right age to start screening for heart disease, the leading cause of death in American women, according to a new national survey by Orlando Health. Despite a recommendation by the American Heart Association to begin heart screenings at age 20, only 8% of the women polled thought these crucial heart health checkups should …

6 Wonderful Health Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

As spring flowers blossom and gardens become green, it’s a great time to take your workout outdoors. Physical activity in natural settings has been linked to longer life, lower rates of illness–including heart attack and stroke–and a greater sense of well-being, reports the American Public Health Association (APHA). Here’s a look at 6 science-backed benefits of “green exercise.” A vitamin …