Quick Stress Busters to Soothe Your Brain, Heart and Arteries

Sixty percent of Americans experience daily stress and worry, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey reveals what Gallup labels an “unprecedented” surge in the number of anxious Americans, sparked by the financial and medical fears brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s extremely understandable to feel tense during this very strange and frightening time, chronic stress …

Presidential Candidate

Joe Biden’s Atrial Fibrillation: Is This Dangerous Heartbeat Disorder Preventable?

Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg have released doctors’ letters saying that they have atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that quintuples risk for stroke and doubles it for heart attack and dementia. Both men are 77, take heart medications and are being treated for several medical conditions, but they have been pronounced healthy and fit for office by …

AHAforLife

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 …

Genetics

What Your Mother’s Health May Reveal About Your Genetic Risks

The genes you inherit from your mother’s side of the family tree can have a powerful influence on your prospects for a long, healthy life. For example, a recent study found that women have a 25% greater likelihood of living past age 90 without developing any chronic disorders — such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer — if their mothers …

Heart Attack

Simple Blood Test Reveals If You Are At Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Up to 6.1 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, heart failure and increased risk for death from cardiovascular causes. Having AF quintuples risk for stroke and doubles it for heart attack or dementia. Although early detection and treatment can help save lives, this dangerous disorder often goes undiagnosed until the patient …

Fruit

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 …

Heart attack

Heart Attack Myths, Busted

If you think you’re too young — or too healthy — to have a heart attack, a recent cautionary tale published in The New York Times may change your mind. The article’s author, Trymaine Lee, never considered himself to be at risk for heart disease — until he suffered a near-fatal major “widow-maker” heart attack at age 38. “ ‘You …

2019 New Year

7 Heart-Smart New Year’s Resolutions — and How to Keep Them

Most Americans make New Year’s resolutions — and setting goals to improve health, such as exercising more, typically top the list. This is a great time to focus on taking optimal care of your most important muscle: your heart. Large studies suggest that following an excellent lifestyle can reduce your risk for heart attacks and strokes by nearly 90%. Embracing …

Fish Oil

Fish Oil for Heart Health: Helpful or Hype?

Fish oil is one of the world’s most popular — and controversial — supplements. About 20 million Americans take it daily, hoping to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of Americans, often from heart attacks or strokes. However, decades of scientific research have yielded conflicting findings about the efficacy of the little capsules of omega-3 fatty …