Heart Disease Protection

Explore this section for heart health tips on protecting your heart from damage, disease, weakness and coronary blockage. Knowledge is power, and the articles in this section can provide you with the information you need to understand and prevent threats to your heart.

Healthy eating tips can help, and so can strategies for managing sleep, stress, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Advancing age is unavoidable and it poses one of the primary risks to heart health, but a variety of lifestyle choices and nutrition decisions can help you keep your heart strong well into your senior years.

Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating tips can you help manage some of the most significant risks to your heart health, including obesity and diabetes. Get the vitamins, minerals and healthy oils your heart needs to prevent blockage and damage to your coronary arteries.

Drinking

Excessive alcohol intake can threaten your heart over the long term, but some healthy phytonutrients and flavonoids are found in red wine and other beverages. Find out how much alcohol is too much, and how to obtain the same health benefits from other sources.

Smoking

Smoking is dangerous, and protecting your heart by quitting may be the healthiest move you ever make. This article offers some heart health tips and strategies to help you quit. Even if you aren’t ready to quit fully, you can take steps to minimize the damage.

Exercise

Protecting your heart health with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day can make you feel great and may help you live longer. But getting started and staying motivated can be a challenge. This section offers some heart health tips to help you.

Blood Pressure

We know that blood pressure and heart health are connected, but not everyone understands exactly how. Take a moment to find out what your blood pressure numbers mean and how you can use them to get and stay healthy.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is the subject of great attention and some confusion. Know the difference between good and bad cholesterol, what cholesterol is, where it comes from, and how to keep your numbers under control.

Stress

The heart and cardiovascular system are sensitive to chronic stress. Every challenge we face and change in our environment seems to register in some way that affects our pulse, blood pressure, blood chemistry and heart function. Managing stress and protecting your heart health go hand in hand.

Sleep

Adequate sleep is vital to protecting your heart health, and the connection is a subject of ongoing study. This section can offer heart health tips and illuminate some of the mystery surrounding sleep and your heart.

Knowledge

When it comes to protecting your heart health, knowledge may be your most powerful tool. Heart disease symptoms, especially for women, are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Heart health tips and heart disease statistics can improve your understanding of risks, symptoms and treatments.

Resources

American Heart Association. (2010). Alcohol, wine and cardiovascular disease. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4422

Harvard Health Publications. (2010). Poor sleep habits: Heart disease and sleep apnea. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/sleep-habits

Harvard Health Publications. (2010). Ten ways to beat high blood pressure with food. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/10-ways-to-beat-high-blood-pressure-with-food

NHLBI Support. (2010). Introduction to the heart healthy diet. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from http://www.nhlbisupport.com/cgi-bin/chd1/step1intro.cgi