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How Salt Affects Your Blood Pressure

September 15, 2021

Salt shaker gets discarded for a low sodium diet as recommended by Huntington Heart Center for patients with high blood pressure

Before you reach for that salt-shaker at the dinner table, you might want to know what that extra sodium does to your blood pressure and overall heart health. Did you know that the daily recommended amount for salt is only about one teaspoon or less? And that it is likely already incorporated into your food without the assistance of a few shakes of salt? It is time to assess your salt intake and modify it to best suit your heart health.

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When You May Need Early Heart Health Screening

September 1, 2021

When you’re young and healthy, the last thing on your mind is keeping up with heart screenings. It may seem like a distant problem that you will not have to deal with for many years to come. But the truth is that the more proactive you are about your heart health, the better chance you have of detecting a condition early, opening up widerpossibilities for prevention and treatment.

Young patient has heart screenings performed early due to risk factors explained by Huntington Heart Center

Just as women perform self-breast exams, men get prostate checks and we are all recommended to get colonoscopies at certain ages, regular heart screenings are imperative for your health and well-being.

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Cholesterol in Foods

August 16, 2021

Whenever you have a discussion about heart health, cholesterol levels are bound to come up. You will see headlines warning against high cholesterol levels, but what actually is cholesterol? What can you do in your daily life to decrease your chances of high cholesterol causing heart attack and stroke?

Bacon and eggs on plate show examples of healthy and unhealthy cholesterol in our diet. Huntington Heart Center logo at top center. Continue reading →

Study Reveals 5-Minute Breathing Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure

August 2, 2021

A study published by the Journal of the American Heart Association shares a 5-minute breathing workout for people to do every day to lower their blood pressure. This information is eyebrow raising because scientists and doctors say that this exercise results in the same – or even better – effects than aerobic exercise or blood pressure medication.

Blood pressure cuff with dial checks woman's blood pressure after she incorporates breathing exercises to lower her blood pressure at Huntington Heart Center. Continue reading →

How Meditation Helps Your Heart

July 15, 2021

Breathe in… Breathe out… Silencing your mind and focusing on your breathing to escape the chaos of the world seems like a great way to take some time for your mental health, and it is! Believe it or not, meditating is good for your heart health too.

Woman in blue meditates on mat for cardiovascular health and heart benefits with hands at heart center. Huntington Heart Center logo at bottom center.

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What Your BMI Says About Your Heart

July 1, 2021

When talking about healthy weight or body size, Body Mass Index (BMI) may come up in conversation. Body Mass Index is based on the ratio of weight to height to offer guidance on weight categories including underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. These categories can help us determine the risks of certain health conditions – including heart problems.

Cardiologist checks patient's weight to determine BMI and related cardiovascular risk factors. Huntington Heart Center logo at top center. Continue reading →

Does Pollution Affect Heart Health?

June 17, 2021

As we become more aware of the impact we have on the environment, the conversation about air pollution is ever more important. The pollutants released into the air not only have a negative impact on the environment. It is something you are exposed to every day, but you may be surprised by the effects – both short and long term – that pollution has on your heart and heart health.

Exhaust from vehicle clouds the air. Representing air pollution and negative health effects on the heart. The Huntington Heart Center logo at bottom center. Continue reading →

Hydration and Your Heart Health

June 3, 2021

Two men on dessert hike hydrate by drinking water from bottles to keep their bodies and heart health in good condition. The Huntington Heart Center logo at bottom center.

It is no secret that proper hydration is essential to a properly functioning body – your heart is no exception. The human body is composed of 60% water, and the heart is over 70% water. Just that is enough to stress the importance of getting your body the proper amount of water.

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Does the Mediterranean Diet Really Work?

May 20, 2021

The Mediterranean diet is touted as the solution to many of our dietary woes. But what is the Mediterranean diet, and does it really work? The Mediterranean diet is one that is rich in whole-grains, vegetables, lean proteins such as fish and chicken and good fats including olive oils and nuts. Importantly it avoids highly processed foods and while the Mediterranean diet may not be the lowest calorie option and while it may not have conformed too many of the diets that are touted by celebrities these days, the principles are solid.

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Does Walking Improve Cardiovascular Health?

May 6, 2021

Older couple holding hands and walking together on a path

It may seem like a very basic solution to the number one killer in the United States and many countries around the world. However, walking offers a number of incredible benefits that can help reverse cardiovascular risk and stop further degradation of heart health. Unfortunately, inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle – which has become all too common in American life these days – has only increased the incidence of severity of heart disease. And while many patients with cardiovascular issues embark on significant, drastic diet and exercise programs, they are usually unsustainable and often the underlying issues such as obesity are not resolved – sometimes they’re even worsened.

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