The Spice of Longer Life and Better Heart and Brain Health

Chilies have been used as a food and medicine for at least 8,000 years. Now, literally hot off the presses, a new study suggests that eating these fiery fruits could save your life. The researchers reported that people who ate chili peppers regularly lived longer and had much lower risk for fatal heart attacks and strokes than those who ate …

The Ten Best and Worst Foods for Your Heart and Brain Health

“Let food be thy medicine,” wrote Hippocrates centuries ago. But which foods should you choose to protect the health of your heart, brain and arteries — and which ones should you avoid? In 2017, an analysis of American dietary patterns linked eating suboptimal amounts of ten foods and nutrients — too much of some and not enough of others — …

AHA for Life: A Proven Plan to Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes and Dementia

Worried that a heart attack, stroke or dementia could loom in your future? The BaleDoneen Method’s new AHA (Arterial Health Assurance) for Life program can help you avoid these devastating conditions, even if you are at significant risk for developing them due to your family history or other factors. Drawing on the latest peer-reviewed science and the pioneering new medical …

The Amazing Heart Health Benefits of Cutting 300 Calories a Day

A simple lifestyle change can help you flatten your belly, improve your heart health and might even add years to your life, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who cut 300 calories a day from their diet — the equivalent of two chocolate chip cookies or a slice of pizza — not only lost an average of …

The Skinny on Diet Soda and Your Health

For more than a decade we’ve been warned about the health risks of sugar-sweetened drinks, which have been linked to increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and obesity. A new Harvard study reported that the more of these beverages people drink, the higher their risk for premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and, to a lesser extent, cancer. …

The Facts About Eggs and Heart Health — Unscrambled

Are eggs a superfood or a dietary villain to avoid? You’ve probably seen frightening headlines like these: “Alert! An egg a day increases risk of stroke death,” “A New Study Wants You to Stop Eating Eggs,” “Study: Cholesterol from egg consumption increases risk of heart attack,” and “Eggs are bad for your heart — it’s no yolk.” However, the 2015 …

New Guidelines on Aspirin for Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention: What Should You Do?

For decades, aspirin has been hailed as a panacea to prevent heart attacks and strokes, as well as some forms of cancer. Until recently, guidelines from leading medical groups, including the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), advised certain patients to take daily low-dose aspirin to avoid cardiovascular (CV) events — and about 40% of …

Why Are Heart Attacks and Strokes on the Rise in Young Adults?

After Luke Perry’s death from a massive stroke at age 52, many people asked how this could have happened. Wasn’t the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star too young for a stroke? And could this tragedy have been prevented? Perry joins a growing list of celebrities who have fallen victim to heart attacks or strokes before age 55, including Sharon Stone, Rosie …

The Sweet Truth about Fresh Fruit, Fructose and Heart Health

One of the most common dietary recommendations for better heart health is to eat more fruit and vegetables. Although many large studies have found that a diet high in fresh produce lowers risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, patients often wonder if they should be concerned about a sugar in fruit: fructose. Fueling this …