“I Beat the Heart Attack Gene!”

At age 40, Dwayne Nill considered himself to be in perfect health — until he applied for life insurance. “They did a blood test, and when I showed the results to my doctor, he was astounded that I qualified for the policy because my cholesterol was through the roof,” he recalls. Further testing at the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention …

Seven Wonderful Health Perks of Outdoor Exercise

Exercise has such powerful mental and physical benefits that it’s been called “the ultimate wonder drug.” Moving your workout outdoors can dramatically increase these beneficial effects: 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. …

The Habit that Helps Beat the Heart Attack Gene, Cutting Risk by 50%

About 50% of Americans carry genes that raise their risk for heart attacks and strokes, such as 9P21, often called “the heart attack gene.”  However, DNA doesn’t have to be destiny: Even if you have genetic risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), you can slash it by about 50% if you’re physically fit, according to a study of nearly 500,000 …

5 Heart-healthy New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Chances are that you plan to ring in the New Year with visions of a thinner, fitter and healthier year ahead. Unfortunately, surveys show that 35% of Americans break their resolutions by the end of January. The key to success is to swap grandiose ambitions for smart, specific and achievable goals that do your heart good. That means making promises …

Peak Experience: A Heart Attack Survivor’s Amazing Health Turnaround

On August 2, 2014, Rudy Lindbloom woke up at 2 AM with a burning sensation in his chest. Initially, he thought it was heartburn, but when the pain intensified, he suspected it was something more serious. The then 66-year-old from Boise, Idaho began sweating heavily and asked his wife, Linda, to take him to the emergency room. “As we walked …