Easy Avocado Toast Breakfast

There are many heart-healthy benefits of avocados. Avocados are high in unsaturated fats that will keep you feeling full. Try this recipe from the Abiomed cafe! Prep Time 5 minutes, Cook Time 5 minutes, Total Time 10 minutes Equipment Toaster Ingredients 1 slice of bread (use thick sliced, sturdy whole grain or sourdough bread) ½ […]

Is Red Wine Good for Your Heart?

You may have heard that red wine is good for your heart. Before you pour a glass, let’s take a closer look at the research from a review article in the journal Circulation. The theory that red wine is linked to improved cardiovascular health was first proposed in 1992 as an answer to what some […]

Beans – They’re Great for Your Heart!

Let’s celebrate all the reasons that beans are good for the health of your heart. First – what are beans anyway? Beans, also known as legumes or pulses, are the seeds found in soft pods. They are typically dried off the vine and eaten cooked. Some common types of legumes are lentils, chickpeas (also known […]

4 Ways Gardening is Good for your Heart

Here are some heart-healthy reasons to get out and garden. Gardening is good exercise. A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that low-level physical activities such as gardening are associated with reduced risk of death from heart disease. In particular, the study found that people who engaged in low-level activities like […]

Laughter Makes the Best Medicine for Your Heart

How can you make yourself feel good and help your heart at the same time? Laugh! And that’s no April Fool’s joke. Scientific research has demonstrated the positive effects of laughter on your heart. These effects include reduced blood pressure, increased blood flow, higher levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, reduced inflammation and decreased […]

Your Stressed Out Heart

All of us experience stress—such as before a test, when we are late or working under a deadline, or in traffic. Stress is a way for your body to adapt to changes in the environment. Although some stress is considered usual, research shows that prolonged stress or chronic stress can negatively impact your heart. How […]

Too Much Protein May Be Bad for Your Heart

For women over 50, following a diet high in animal protein may increase the risk of heart failure. This is the conclusion of a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting that investigated the effects of diet on heart failure in women ages 50 to 79 years of age. Researchers looked at […]

How to Make Your Heart Lucky on Saint Patrick’s Day

The traditional corned beef, soda bread, and beer characteristic of Saint Patrick’s Day cuisine does not make your heart feel very lucky. This traditional meal contains high levels of fat, salt, and cholesterol—not to mention alcohol. The alcohol increases the risk of Holiday Heart Syndrome, the term generally applied to describe irregular heart rhythms that […]

How Loneliness Hurts Your Heart

Loneliness and social isolation may increase your risk of heart disease. This is according to a meta-analysis published in the journal Heart that investigated the links between loneliness and heart disease. Researchers examined data from 181,000 patients and found that those who were lonely or isolated had a 29% greater risk of heart attack and […]

How Springing Forward Can Harm Your Heart

Although many of us are looking forward to warmer spring weather this March, very few people will enjoy springing forward—the seasonal changing of the clocks that marks daylight savings time each spring and fall. Not only does this shift leave us a bit short of sleep, it may also be bad for your heart. This […]